Sphinx Academy Inc
LEXINGTON KY 40505-4514
Contact Information
Nonprofit Sphinx Academy Inc
Address 1591 WINCHESTER RD STE 101
LEXINGTON, KY 40505 4514
Phone (859) 309-6372
Contact Name Marialyce Gradek
Web and Social Media
Sphinx Academy students on a field trip to Natural Bridge, KY
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2015
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Sphinx Academy welcomes electronic donations on their website: www.sphinxacademy.org. You can also mail a check to: Sphinx Academy, 1591 Winchester Road, Suite 101, Lexington , KY 40515-4514. In-kind donations are always welcome!
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement

Our mission at Sphinx Academy is to create a flexible, individualized, blended-learning environment for students in 8th through 12th grades. Our goal is to help our students achieve their potential by offering a setting that fosters creativity, integrity, independence, a strong sense of community, and a thirst for learning.

Background Statement

Sphinx Academy is a nationally accredited, Kentucky certified microschool providing a student-centered environment that serves students in grades 8 through 12. This unique school was founded in 2013 to meet the needs of the director’s son who had been diagnosed with ADHD and tested gifted with high intelligence. In her quest to find an appropriate learning environment for him, she learned that many children with learning differences are also gifted but struggle to progress in a traditional education system. Sphinx Academy combines different educational models in order to address both the limitations and the potential of every child. 

Students are assigned a learning coach who helps them develop their own learning plan and oversees their progress on a daily basis. Together they work through difficulties early and often to avoid them falling behind and to help them learn and gain confidence.

Many Sphinx Academy students are accepted in highly selective colleges and programs. Examples include National Merit Scholar Program, Singletary Scholarship (University of Kentucky), New Horizons Scholarship (Centre College), Governor’s Scholar Program, Governor’s School for the Arts Program, Leadership Lexington, and more. Sphinx Academy also has a National Honor Society Chapter.

Impact Statement

Recent Accomplishments

  • Student-acceptance into the Governor’s Scholar Program Summer of 2019.
  • Side by Side News created by Sphinx Academy students received the Governor’s Service Award in 2017.
  • Kentucky Youth Assembly and Kentucky United National Assembly awards for delegation and bill/resolution.
  • Above national average ACT scores and AP scores.
  • ThinSAT program partnership with Twiggs Labs through Morehead State University ending in final launch of our Satellite design through Virginia Space.
  • Partnership with Summit Learning to offer a unique curriculum that allows for a balance between teacher support and self-direction to maximize our ability to individualize the educational experience for each student.
  • One of 29 schools nationally to field-test the AOPA’s 4-year Aviation STEM Program. 2019/20, Sphinx Academy is adding year 3 to our Aviation STEM program with the goal of adding year 4 next year.
  • An average of $20,000 in scholarship money offered from select colleges such as Centre College, Transylvania University, Morehead State University, University of Kentucky, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and others to our graduating seniors.
Needs Statement

Sphinx Academy’s top 5 needs:

  1. $5000-$10,000 - Estimate for designing and stocking a maker-space/art studio. This would include organization, tools, equipment, furniture to transform a specific portion of our space for students to easily use for projects and portfolios.
  2. $2500 - Structured Drama program through The Lexington’s Children’s Theater. Currently our program is focused on instruction at Sphinx Academy. We would like to add the opportunity for students to have the full experience of the stage by investing in them performing in the LCT’s theater.
  3. $5000 - 3D printing session through Newton’s Attic including 20 hours of instruction and a new 3D printer and supplies.
  4. $5000 - Advertising/PR financial support to create marketing materials and spread the word about the school through an organizing advertising campaign including creating introductory videos to introduce people to the school’s model.
  5. $2500 - Professional Flight School Flight Simulators for our Aviation STEM program.

CEO/Executive Director Statement

After years of struggling with finding the right education for my children and the right career for myself, I finally realized that sometimes a good fit needs to be tailored rather than found. Sphinx Academy is my way to spread that realization to others.

I accepted the traditional way of teaching as a given until my son was diagnosed with ADHD. After a struggle with the traditional system, I finally took him to an educational consultant who announced he was gifted with “superior intelligence”. I was lost and it seemed no one knew how to help me. I had just finished my US Medical License Exam and was getting ready to apply for a psychiatry residency at the time. I set that aside and started focusing on an education path.

I sought a special education BA degree in order to gather the information I needed for individualizing education. My experience with medicine and psychiatry coupled with the special education training armed me with knowledge of child development and best practices in education. Throughout the courses, I came across two important facts: that all children can learn, and that all children learn differently. I also realized that many children with learning differences were gifted and talented.

After I graduated, I could not reconcile myself with the teaching jobs available. I started to research different models of education and I trained in both upper elementary and secondary Montessori education. I learned about curriculum development and integration, community building, and fostering integrity, independence, leadership, respect, and peace in the school environment. I visited many schools and took part in different educational workshops. I explored the idea of blended learning, micro schools, and big picture schools, all focused on small number and facilitators. Finally, the idea for Sphinx Academy materialized.

If you feel you’ve been compromising and trying to fit in somewhere that does not fit your needs, please consider Sphinx Academy.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Education / Educational Services
Tertiary Organization Category Education / Elementary & Secondary Schools
Geographic Areas Served
Fayette County
Scott County
Bourbon County
Clark County
Madison County
Jessamine County
Woodford County
Sphinx Academy is open to all students regardless of the location of their permanent residence. Sphinx is located on the east side of Lexington, accessible from the Winchester Road exit of Interstate 75. The school day begins at 8:55 am, making the school more accessible for students who live in surrounding counties who have to drive longer distances to attend. 
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.

Current Goals

1. A focused marketing campaign to spread the word about Sphinx Academy so that we can reach more students who need our services.
2. Increase our staff so we can maintain our preferred ratio of 7:1 Student-to-coach ratio.
3. Provide financial support for students who cannot pay tuition but would benefit from our services.
4. Start Capital Campaign to build our own space optimized for our students' needs.

StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?

Sphinx Academy partners with organizations that have educational platforms and fully developed curriculums they are willing to share, such as Summit Learning, AOPA You Can Fly, Twigg Spacelab’s ThinSAT program, Newton’s Attic, and Lexington Children’s Theater. Together we can more fully educate a range of high school students and accommodate their needs better than we can do on our own.

Board Chair
Board Chair Wafaa Elghoroury
Company Affiliation Sphinx Academy
Term Sept 2008 to
Board Members
Debbie ArbaughThe Lexington School, Learning Center TeacherVoting
Blayne BordenLexington Public LibraryVoting
Brad ClarkSenior Advisor, Education & WorkforceVoting
Wafaa ElghorourySphinx Academy Director of EducationExofficio
Andrea FieroCommunity VolunteerVoting
Yolande JonesCommunity VolunteerVoting
Eric Patrick MarrLeXenomicsVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 75%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 25%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Yolande Jones
Company Affiliation Sphinx Academy
Term Sept 2016 to
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Wafaa Elqhoroury
Term Start Feb 2013
Email wafaa@sphinxacademy.org
Arab Republic of Egypt University of Alexandria, .M.B.Ch.B. (The Bachelor's Degree in Medicine and Surgery) 5/20/1996
High Institute of Public Health, Public Health Diploma for Mental Health (Psychology Certificate), 9/26/2000 
Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, Certification, (passed U.S.A. medical exams), 11/11/2005 
North American Montessori Center, International Montessori Teaching Diploma (Upper Elementary), 9/4/2009  
Western Governors University, BA, Special Education 5/14/2012
Wafaa was a teachers at the Montessori Middle School of Kentucky from       to        . In 2011 she assisted in the development and launch of Montessori High School of Kentucky, where she taught            for            years.  In February 2013 Wafaa created Sphinx Academy as a for-profit institution serving students with her own brand of education that incorporated montessori, traditional, and home school style learning. She designed the model, the curriculum, and the operations structure. Wafaa developed and produced the school's governance documents; in 2014 she applied for non-profit status which was awarded to Sphinx Academy in May of 2015. 
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 0
Contractors 5
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually

STEM program: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education is delivered in an experiential learning environment in co-operation with Newton's Attic, Lexington, KY

Budget 5000
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short Term Success Having a STEM program enables Sphinx to compete with other area high schools for students who are interested and / or gifted in these fields, giving us a competitive advantage in student attraction and school population growth.
Program Long term Success Practical application of science, technology, engineering, and math introduces high school students to the value of these areas of study for future careers in these fields. Students with a firm foundation in STEM fields have more opportunities for college placement and scholarships.
Program Success Monitored By Program success will be quantifiable in the short-term by the number of current students attending the STEM program, and in the long-term by an increase in the population of students at Sphinx who following a STEM-specific education path. This can be measured through bi-annual learning coach reports and direct question/answer on the Sphinx applications for admissions.
Description AOPA You Can Fly program is a 4-year program offering theoretical instruction for students interested in the aerospace industry. Opportunities exist for experienctial learning through the AOPA flight training service in Northern Kentucky.
Budget 2500
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Description Sphinx academy is working with Twiggs Space Lab on their ThinSAT program. The program has developed a three-phase curriculum to lead students through the process of designing, developing, testing and operating Thin-Sats (Thin Satellites).
Budget 2500
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Description Sphinx Academy partners with Lexington Children's Theater to provide dramatic and theatrical instruction. Students learn elements of acting, lighting, staging, and set direction from professionals in the field. 
Budget 5000
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? Yes
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $360,080.00
Projected Expenses $331,400.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201920182017
Program Expense$357,864$324,168--
Administration Expense$0$0--
Fundraising Expense$0$0--
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.030.88--
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201920182017
Total Assets$42,924$52,183--
Current Assets$34,500$52,183--
Long-Term Liabilities--$37,583--
Current Liabilities$6,902$6,639--
Total Net Assets$42,924$7,961--
Form 990s
2018 990
2016 Form 990
2015 Form 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose

Sphinx Academy's capital campaign will enable us to stop leasing commercial space for our school and own a free-standing school facility that will accommodate student population growth and offer green space for outdoor programs.

Goal $500,000.00
Dates Sept 2020 to July 2022
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of June 2019
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Address 1591 WINCHESTER RD STE 101
LEXINGTON, KY 405054514
Primary Phone 859 309-6372
Contact Email admin@sphinxacademy.org
CEO/Executive Director Wafaa Elqhoroury
Board Chair Wafaa Elghoroury
Board Chair Company Affiliation Sphinx Academy