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Why University School?

For results. State Middle School Math Meet Champions 3x in the past four years (2013-2014, 2015-2016, 2016-2017) and Runners-up (2014-2015). State Middle School Quiz Bowl Runners-up (2014-2015 & 2016-2017) and Region Champions 3x in the past four years (2013-2014, 2014-2015, and 2016-2017). 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 (Headmaster of the Year) for 2013-2014, which is presented annually to the most outstanding leader among the association’s 100+ schools. 82% of our students were honored with awards in the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 Scholastic Art & Writing competition, including 29 Gold Keys. USL won 4 of South Carolina's 50 national writing awards in 2015-2016 and one of 15 national Silver Medals with Distinction for a Writing Portfolio in 2016-2017. 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). Twice in our ten years of operation we've had as many state-recognized students of any school, public or private, in South Carolina. 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 3rd-8th grade 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. High School students make their own choices about global languages. Click here to learn more about our global languages and academic program.

For the human touch. Our prudent financial model makes USL a value, and a tuition reduction program makes our outstanding educational experience affordable to all families, regardless of their resources. Founded in 2007, 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 2017-2018 Annual Fund gift. Congratulations on 100% parent, faculty/staff, and board member participation for 2016-2017! That is three years in a row of full participation by all community members!

Click the links for a printable flyer to discover the highlights of 2015-2016 and the highlights of 2016-2017. You can also learn more about University School and read our recent newsletters: Fall 2016 , Winter 2017 , January 2017, February 2017, March 2017, April 2017, May 2017, June 2017, July 2017, August 2017, & September 2017.


Open House for Interested and Prospective Families on Mon., 10/9  - On Monday, October 9, University School of the Lowcountry 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. 

The Island Eye News showcased our annual tradition of baking cookies and delivering them to our neighbors across the Lowcountry as thanks and a random act of kindness ("Lessons in Gratitude") in the September 27, 2017 issue.

On August 10, 2017, The Island Eye News featured one of our first students (from 2007!) who has just graduated from college ("Local Citadel Grad Credits University School of the Lowcountry").

Head of School Jason Kreutner has enjoyed coaching a summer swim team for almost 30 years, and the Moultrie News recapped the 2017 season and what it meant to Kreutner ("Snee Farm races to fourth straight City Meet championship") on July 17, 2017.

The Moultrie News spotlighted our top two high school graduates ("Meet the top grads of University School of the Lowcountry") on July 5, 2017.

10/15, Sunday – On Sunday, October 15, we'll have a game booth and concession stand at the Mt. Pleasant Children's Day Festival at Park West from noon-5:00 PM. 

10/18, Wednesday(A) End of the First Quarter (B) LOTC - This month marks the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation. We will explore two houses of faith and their practitioners to discover more about this critical event and its impact. In the morning, we will visit St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Charleston to learn more about Martin Luther, this Christian denomination, its history, and beliefs. In the afternoon, we will visit Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church on Sullivan's Island to learn more about the Catholic Church and hear some Mass elements in Latin (all of our 3rd-8th graders take Latin).

10/20, Friday – There will be no school for a faculty in-service day from 9:00-noon. USL students will offer complimentary babysitting for faculty members' children and lunch will be provided.

10/21, Saturday – Family Service Opportunity - Beach Sweep on the Isle of Palms.  Come join our team led by IS/MS Science & Math Teacher Beth Donoghue. Meet at the IOP Exchange Club (201 Palm Blvd.) at 9 AM and finish at 11/11:30 AM.  Gloves needed. Please let Ms. Donoghue know if you are interested. The Island Eye News spotlighted our efforts last year ("University School Students, Faculty, And Alumni Participate In Beach Sweep") in the October 10, 2016, issue.

10/23, Monday – USL Community Pizza Dinner and Slideshow Presentation about our learning adventures in the First Quarter (5:45-7:00 PM).

10/25, Wednesday (A) LOTC - We'll visit the nationally-recognized statuary collection at Brookgreen Gardens (B) South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) Middle School Math Meet in Sumter.

10/27, Friday (A) Photography Club with Jaime Zollars (5th-12th grades, 3:15). (B) Students & Mentors Activity - USL students and mentors will enjoy a Halloween-themed evening that includes a movie, games, and food in the gym from 6:30-8:30 PM. Adult and Family Gathering at a nearby restaurant during Mentor Night.

10/31, Tuesday - It is an annual tradition for students and faculty to "dress up" for Halloween.  This is optional.  Please just make sure your costume is Hibben Preschool-appropriate. 


* 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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