About TLS



The Lexington School is an independent, coeducational day school enrolling students in either traditional preschool classes or Montessori and in grades 1-8.


Founded in 1959 by Josephine Abercrombie to offer a high-quality independent education for talented children, the school continues to be traditional in curriculum and innovative in method.


Enrollment ranges from 500-530 academically promising boys and girls. Coming from Lexington and surrounding counties, our students represent a variety of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.


Our time-tested curriculum blends with 21st century skills of teamwork, creativity, curiosity, ethics, time management, and resilience with a core centered around language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, and is enriched by physical education, computer technology, foreign language, library science, and fine and performing arts. At all grade levels our teachers emphasize student-centered, active learning.


Within our small classes, averaging 12 to 16 students, our teachers plan activities appropriate to students' individual learning styles. We're proud of our low student/teacher ratio and also of our extraordinarily fine faculty of experienced educators with a proven ability to inspire and guide children, to respond to individual differences, and to conduct lively, creative classes.


Classrooms for our youngest learners are each staffed by two teachers; grades 1-3 learn in traditional, self-contained classrooms and visit other sites on campus for science, physical education, and the arts; in grades 4-5, which are team-taught, students change rooms for some subject areas. The Middle School (6-8) is designed to meet the specific needs of young adolescent.


Situated on 25 wooded acres in the southwestern suburbs of Lexington, our campus includes two gymnasiums, a fine arts wing, an art gallery, state-of-the-art computer laboratories, a theater, a library of more than 17,000 volumes, two playgrounds, two lacrosse and soccer fields, a full sized football field, and an outdoor basketball court.


Our interscholastic teams (for grades 3-8) compete against public, independent, and parochial schools in soccer, basketball, tennis, and lacrosse. Lower School students play intramurals in soccer, basketball, cross country, lacrosse, and other sports.


For curricular enhancement, we offer field trips, a Visiting Artist Series, a Writers’ Guild and Visiting Author Program, Kentucky Heritage Day, Celebrate Creativity Day, the Metric Olympics, and the eighth grade capstone projects. Extracurricular groups include Chess Team and Speech Team. After school music lessons are available for a variety of instruments, and after school Intramurals allow for students to gain experience and skills in activities ranging from tennis, to football, to computer programming. Traditional events span a long list, from Fall Festival, the Boo Sing, and the Holiday Concert to the Little Kentucky Derby Carnival, and Spirit Week.


Each grade cultivates particular values and traits, from friendship and inclusiveness to social responsibility and good citizenship. Outreach activities are organized by the Parents Association and range widely, from local charities to environmental advocacy.


The Lexington School now has more than 1,000 alumni/ae, who went on to enroll in top boarding schools and in excellent local high schools. At least 50 former students have been named National Merit Semi-Finalists.


We're always pleased to talk with new families who are interested in The Lexington School. Admission is competitive and takes place year-round; need-based financial aid is available. To request further information, answers to your questions, or a tour of the school, please call us at 859-278-0501 or email our Admissions staff.

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