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For results. State Middle School Math Meet Champions (2013-2014, 2015-2016) and Runners-up (2014-2015). State Middle School Quiz Bowl Runners-up (2014-2015). State High School Math Meet Runners-up (2015-2016). High School Quiz Bowl Region Champions (2015-2016). Head of School Jason Kreutner received SCISA's Dr. Charles S. Aimar Educational Leadership Award for 2013-2014, which is presented annually to the most outstanding leader among the association’s 100+ schools. 84% of our students were honored with awards in the 2015-2016 Scholastic Art & Writing competition, including 17 Gold Keys. 7th grade state-level recognition, scoring better than 50% of juniors & seniors, on Duke TIP SAT every year (over 40% of our participants since our founding). Seven of our 7th grade students qualified for State Recognition in 2014-2015. This number is the same or more than any school, public or private, in South Carolina. This is the 2nd time in our school's eight year's of operation that we have had seven students receive State Recognition in one class. Click here to read what our parents have to say and click here for news about USL.

For learning by doing. The world is our classroom, and students explore and experience it first-hand through over 30 field trips per year. Click here for more information about the current year at University School and our hallmark Learning Outside the Classroom program (LOTC). Each student also participates in our job shadowing program to explore careers of interest.

For the study of global languages. Each student learns Mandarin, Latin and Spanish. USL is the only school in the state that has students receiving high-level instruction in three languages at the same time. Click here to learn more about our global languages and academic program.

For the human touch. USL features small class sizes and caring teachers. Students mentor and receive mentoring. Service and experiential learning foster empathy and commitment to improving the community. The student culture emphasizes civility and gratitude, and individualized learning enables students to earn from 2-10+ high school credits in middle school. Click here to learn more.

Recent and Upcoming Events
Support University School through an Annual Fund contribution. Congratulations on 100% parent, faculty/staff, and board member participation for 2015-2016!

Click here for a printable flyer to discover the highlights of 2015-2016. You can also learn more about University School, see what we did in the First Semester of 2015-2016, and examine a recap of the 2014-2015 school year.

News

Upcoming Open House – On Monday, October 24, we will have an Open House. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at USL’s campus (690 Coleman Blvd. in Mount Pleasant), and interested families are welcome to drop by and learn more. There will be a formal presentation from 6:15-7 p.m., and there will be time beforehand and afterward to meet and ask questions of students, teachers and parents. 

In the August 11, 2016, issue, The Moultrie News spotlighted USL's signature Learning Outside the Classroom program ("University School students use the Lowcountry as their classroom").

In University School's 10th anniversary year, our first high school class will graduate in May. It is only fitting, therefore, that the first member of USL's high school, senior Allison Horan, would be our first recipient of a National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student award for the 2017 competition. Commended Students placed in the top 5% of the more than 1.6 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2015 PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test). Congratulations, Allison! Kudos also to classmate Anne Adragna for her outstanding performance, placing in the top 6%!

9/28, Wednesday - (A) LOTC - Annual Personal Health Symposium. Dr. Janice Key, Professor of Pediatrics, Division Director of Adolescent Medicine, and the Boeing Center for Children's Wellness' Director of School and Community-based Programs at The Medical University of South Carolina, will be coming to USL along with some of her residents to educate our students on personal health and hygiene.  The students will be divided by age and also separated by gender and they will be learning about puberty and common changes associated with puberty. They will also learn the basics of hygiene and self-care, and tips for staying healthy and safe through these changes. The 8th grade and high school students will also receive education on the basics surrounding human reproduction and sexual maturation. (B) A representative from Marlboro College (VT) will be visiting at 9:45 AM. (C) GUEST SPEAKER - Libertarian Party candidate, Michael Grier, Jr., running for U.S. House District Seat #1, will speak in the AM. (D) OPTIONAL FAMILY LOTC AND VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - At 4 PM (and it will last until 6:00 or 6:30 - so come when you can), we hope to help the Hibben UMC community unload and arrange the pumpkins on the lawn facing Coleman Blvd. Afterwards enjoy a free pizza dinner in the gym! Please bring a dark t-shirt to wear because the pumpkins are dirty (straight out of the patch)!  This is a great annual tradition! Please enjoy this video from the day! (E) This day is set aside as an opportunity for parent & teacher conferences.  Please remember that they can be arranged at any point during the year.

10/5, Wednesday - LOTC - (A) Intermediate School students will visit and explore the Old Slave Mart Museum and then enjoy lunch in a downtown park. Curated and for years managed by friend-of-USL and Lowcountry-native Nichole Green, the Museum tells important stories powerfully and with clarity. A few years ago, Green joined the effort to create the newest Smithsonian museum, the National Museum for African American History and Culture.  (B) Middle and Upper School students will enjoy a 10:30 AM performance by the Dance Theatre of Harlem at the Gaillard Center. University School students attend 3-4 cultural performances each year at the Gaillard Center, Dock Street Theatre, and more. What distinguishes USL is how students are taught to be grateful, courteous, empathetic, and curious, and this behavior is on display in these public forums. As noted by Sterling DeVries, Director of Education at the Gaillard Center: "Your kids blow away our staff here! Out of the thousands of students that come through, University School stands out. Your children are respectful, well-spoken, kind, and leave a wonderful impression."  (C) GUEST SPEAKER - Michael Scarborough, American Party candidate for the US Senate seat currently held by US Sen. Tim Scott, will speak from 1:30-2:30 PM. Parents are welcome to join us for this presentation. 

10/6, Thursday(A) Parent Coffee - Please join Jason Kreutner and Amy Frain, Director of Family Engagement, from 7:45-8:45 AM for an informal chat around the table about all that is USL-related. (B) University School will be at the High School Fair at Mason Prep School from 6:30-8:00 PM.  Mr. Kreutner and some of our Upper School students will represent USL.  Interested 7th and 8th graders and their families can attend to explore area high schools beyond University School's Upper School.  

10/10, Monday - Middle and Upper School students will enjoy a performance of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night by The WarehouseTheatre at the Gaillard Center. University School students attend 3-4 cultural performances each year at the Gaillard Center, Dock Street Theatre, and more. What distinguishes USL is how students are taught to be grateful, courteous, empathetic, and curious, and this behavior is on display in these public forums. As noted by Sterling DeVries, Director of Education at the Gaillard Center: "Your kids blow away our staff here! Out of the thousands of students that come through, University School stands out. Your children are respectful, well-spoken, kind, and leave a wonderful impression."

10/11, Tuesday – SCISA High School Quiz Bowl regional at USL. We were Region Champs in 2015-2016!

10/14, Friday – End of the First Quarter

10/16, Sunday – The USL community will have a game booth and help with clean-up at the Mount Pleasant Children's Festival at Park West Recreational Complex (12 PM-5 PM). University School won Best School Booth in 2010 and 2013 -- and 2nd place in 2014 and 2016!

 

* University School has been awarded Darkness to Light's Partner in Prevention distinction every year since 2011.  We are part of the inaugural class for this, and it honors our commitment to the prevention of child sexual abuse and to helping children grow up healthy and whole.  USL faculty is trained in Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children program every August, and all parent volunteers for overnight trips take the same program and have their backgrounds checked.

Located in Mount Pleasant and serving the metro Charleston area, University School of the Lowcountry (USL) is an independent, non-sectarian, non-profit school for high-achieving students in grades 3-12 with tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status. Accredited by the South Carolina Independent School Association, USL is a school-provided laptop school and our curriculum is designed to engage our students at an advanced level. University School seeks to develop self-confident, passionate, and empathetic learners who will make a positive difference in the world.

Location & Mailing Address:
The campus of Hibben United Methodist Church
690 Coleman Blvd. - Mt. Pleasant, SC
843-884-0902 (Main) 843-884-0905 (Fax)
P.O. Box 665
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465-0665

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