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). 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 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. 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 2016-2017! That is three years in a row of full participation by all community members!
Click here for a printable flyer to discover the highlights of 2015-2016. You can also learn more about University School and read our recent newsletters: Fall 2016 , Winter 2017 , January 2017, and February 2017.
4/24, Monday - Open House for Interested Families - If you have a student in 3rd-12th grade who is smart, curious, and kind, University School of the Lowcountry could be an ideal place for them to learn and grow. We hope you'll join us on Monday, April 24 for refreshments, conversation, and a chance to learn more about University School of the Lowcountry. 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.
On Friday, May 5, University School will hold its 10th Anniversary Annual Auction. All members, supporters, and friends of the USL community are invited to join us for this event. Just click on the link and "BUY TICKETS" is at the top. Donations are welcome and appreciated. Click here for more information.
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). To learn more about Allison's experience at USL, please see this October 26, 2016. article from the Moultrie News about her. Congratulations, Allison! Kudos also to classmate Anne Adragna for her outstanding performance, placing in the top 6%!
On Sunday, October 16, we won Best School Booth at the Mt. Pleasant Children's Day Festival at Park West! A month ago, USL's Art teacher Jaime Zollars led students through exercises to generate ideas for our booth that corresponded with the Election theme. The booth design was beautiful and the game was fun! Children visiting our booth got to "vote" for their favorite ice cream flavor by throwing a scoop into the cone! Thanks to Mrs. Zollars and all of the USL community members who helped set up/clean up our booth and represented University School at the Festival!
On October 26, 2016, we won First Place Team at the South Carolina Independent School Association Middle School Math Meet today! This included having two of the top six high scorers for the whole competition, and our other team placed Sixth overall! Congratulations to all of the participating students and our Middle School Math teacher, Nikki Brockman. The following were our participating students: Bailey Chave, Pai Doesburg, Zoe Gregg, Jack Lee (Sixth overall individual), Mary Lee, Juliana Leone, Anna Misciagna, Evan Turk, Leo Vaglienti (First overall individual), and Jack Woodward. Thanks to Mrs. Brockman for taking the team to Sumter and Ellie Manucy (11th grade) for helping as cheerleader and supporter. Congratulations to the teachers and the students, and our gratitude to SCISA the Sumter County Civic Center for hosting this event! This is our fourth year of participating in this competition, and we’ve now placed Second and First (x3). Coupled with our Second Place finish in last year's High School Meet, we are on quite a roll in Mathematics! This is quite a testament to our Math program at University School, and kudos go to our Math teachers in all three divisions: Nikki Brockman, Beth Donoghue, and Chelisa Elmore Williams. Our students also benefit from our individualized approach to the subject. In the Middle School, for example, students take classes at the level where they need to be. This includes 8th graders taking Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra II. No other school in the state does this.
On November 8, 2016, as we do every year on Election Day, students administered exit polls to voters. We focused on President and Vice President, Congressional races, some local races including the Charleston County School Board, and the Charleston County transportation and green space sales tax referendum. Each student canvassed voters at two demographically different precincts, and we visited 26 total voting sites (24 in Charleston County and 2 in Berkeley County). Students then compiled the information in order to predict the outcomes using our exit poll results. Our 2016 efforts were spotlighted in one of the evening's lead articles on the Post and Courier ("Exit polls show Clinton wins Charleston County") and WCBD Channel 2 profiled our civics and exit polling program ("Kids conduct Lowcountry exit polls") on their evening broadcast. On November 10, Post and Courier reporter Paul Bowers gave a comprehensive look at our exit polling ("Student exit pollsters saw the election unfold up close"). On November 13, Robert Behre of the Post and Courier showcased the agenda-setting role of our exit polling by citing the results of an opinion question we posed to voters in Mt. Pleasant about full-time or part mayor and another about the idea of single-member districts for Town Council ("Mount Pleasant closer to a single-member district vote"). On November 16, Charlie Morrison of the Daniel Island news focused on our efforts at precincts on Daniel Island and shared the story of each member of our group ("The Polling Prodigies"). Click here for the results of our 2016 exit polling and predictions!
University School was the cover story of the November 2016 issue of I'On Life magazine.
On Friday, November 18, University School students, faculty, parents, alumni, and alumni parents took part in the Day of Caring service projects at twelve sites across Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties through the Trident United Way in the Lowcountry. This year we served at Midland Park Primary, Pinehurst Elementary, Jane Edwards Elementary, International Primate Protection League, South Santee Senior and Community Center, Fresh Future Farm, Footlight Players, Whitesville Elementary, Sweetgrass Assisted Living Village, Chicora Elementary, Windwood Farm Home for Boys, and the Dorchester County Library. Our relationship with some of these organizations extends back to the founding of University School, and it is neat to support and learn about these schools and non-profits in the greater-Charleston area. This was our eighth consecutive year of participating in the Day of Caring, and we contributed 500+ hours of service to our community. Click here for the 2016 slideshow of our day!
On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, The Post and Courier shared senior Anne Adragna's thoughts about her University School experience ("Proud Student") in the Letters to the Editor.
On January 6, 2017, The Jackson County (Alabama) Daily Sentinel newspaper featured the The Middle School's visit to the Scottsboro Boys Museum as a front page story ("Learning History" page one and page three).
Senior Anne Adragna was Lowcountry Parent's inaugural "Student Superstar" feature that debuted in the January 2017 issue.
From January 4-9, 2017, the The Midde School traveled to Alabama. Click the link on each day to read recaps and see pictures from that day (and learn more about USL!). Day One (Scottsboro - Scottsboro Boys Museum and Unclaimed Baggage Center); Day Two (Huntsville and Muscle Shoals - US Space and Rocket Center and Alabama Music Hall of Fame); Day Three (Tuscumbia and Florence - Helen Keller Birthplace and Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright's Rosenbaum House, W.C. Handy Museum); Day Four (Monroeville and Selma - Old Monroe County Courthose / Harper Lee & Truman Capote, National Voting Rights Museum and Institute and Edmund Pettus Bridge); Day Five (Montgomery and Auburn; capital and civil rights tour, tour of Auburn University_; Day Six (Tuskegee - Tuskegee University tour and NPS sites, Tuskee Airmen National Historic Site). Each year's MS trip is distinct, and prior years have been to Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida, Eastern-Tennessee & Western North Carolina, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, and Columbia.
The February 1, 2017 edition of The Moultrie News featured our Middle School trip to Alabama in January, and this included a picture spotlighting our crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma (a key location in the Selma-to-Montgomery 1965 Voting Rights marches).
On February 8, 2017, we competed in the SCISA Middle School Quiz Bowl regional competition. Congratulations, Region Champs! We have been Region Champions 3x in the last four years ('13-'14, '14-'15, and '16-'17) and State Runners-Up in 2014-2015!
In early-February, 2017, the results for the Scholastic Art & Writing competition for the Southeast Region were revealed. This competition is for 7-12th graders, and this year our 7th-12th graders entered 100+ works of fiction, nonfiction, humor, personal memoir, and poetry and received an amazing 59 awards! 79% of our students were honored. 12 Gold Keys were won, and these pieces will move on to the national level. Typically the number of submissions in the region numbers in the tens of thousands and for the country is 300,000+. For some context, please know it is our practice and belief to have all students take part in this competition. University School is not a single discipline school (i.e. our main focus is not just the arts, or writing, or STEM). Instead, we want our students to learn from amazing teachers and to be challenged in a wide array of subjects. Combined with all of the experiential learning we do through our LOTC program, our students become well-rounded academically, socially, and emotionally to the highest order. We also love to test ourselves and hold ourselves accountable by having our students lead tours, encounter the public and all sorts of people through LOTCs, take part in national assessments, and participate in academic competitions. We are not sequestered on campus, but we are a national leader in exploring the greater world. So, our setting the bar high for all of our students and competing in the Scholastic Art and Writing competition is a natural thing for us! Our talented and driven group of learners have been inspired and guided to become better and more confident writers by their devoted teachers, especially Middle & Upper School English teacher Sara Peck -- success that has been recognized by the Scholastic Writing Awards!
On February 21, 2017, our Middle School Quiz Bowl team won 2nd place at the State Championship today in Columbia! The competition began a few weeks ago with 36 teams in nine regions, and the region winners met today in three groupings. We won our semi-final matches and then persevered through the finals to the Championship Game. It was a thrilling and close game against Cardinal Newman, and we came up short by 25! All of the teams represented their schools with dignity, and our thanks to Cardinal Newman and SCISA for hosting the competition. We had a great time! Congratulations to mentor Anna Misciagna and team members Charlotte Adragna, Bailey Chave, Kessler Kreutner-Eady, Caitlin Parkman, Conor Seng, and Leo Vaglienti. In our 4th year of fielding a Middle School team, we have won our region 3x and been State Runners-up 2x!
On February 23, 2017, a group of USL students took part in the Charleston Air Force Base's Tuskegee Airmen program for male students. The local CBS station, Channel 5, composed a video story about it for their evening news broadcast. The day provided a neat compelling connection for our students who learned more about the Tuskegee Airmen on the Middle School trip to Alabama and Moton Field last month! Click here to read a student recap of the experience (including our presentation of framed photos from the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site and see some pictures.
This early-March 2017 profile provides insights into Middle School Science.
In mid-March 2017, Senior Anne Adragna won a Silver Medal with Distinction for her Writing Portfolio in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards national competition! She is one of only 15 students to earn this award, and this includes a $1000 scholarship and an invitation to the award ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City in June! With the guidance and inspiration of Middle & Upper School English teacher Sara Peck, Anne has garnered 7 Gold Keys, 7 Silver Keys, a National Silver Key, and this Award.
A March 17, 2017, field trip to the USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41) at Charleston's Union Pier, provides a window into how University School integrates field learning to teach our students to be active citizens. We believe the best way a school can teach students about the sacrifices soldiers make and have made in America's history is to take them to current military bases and significant historic sites so they can interact with soldiers, let them know they care, and see and learn for themselves.
On Saturday, March 25, 2017, University School was one of the top performers, collectively and individually, at Christ Our King-Stella Maris School’s Mathletics Competition. Over 250 students competed, and schools participating included local independent & public schools and Catholic schools from across the entire state. We had a top three individual in all of the divisions in which we competed! USL has participated in this competition for 5 years, and for the 5th year in a row our students won at least one Team Event! Congratulations to our students and teachers!
* Level 2 Individual Event (Grades 4-5) - 3rd Place - Sean Murphy
* Level 3 Individual Event (Grades 6-7) - 2nd Place - Charlotte Adragna
* Level 4 Individual Event (Grades 7-8) - 3rd Place - Bailey Chave
* Level 4 Team Event (Grades 7-8) - 1st Place - Bailey Chave, Pai Doesburg, Mary Lee, Leo Vaglienti, Jack Woodward
3/28, Tuesday - LOTC - all students will attend Charleston Stage's production of The Miracle Worker at the Dock Street Theater at 9:30 AM and then enjoy lunch at Waterfront Park. We are especially excited because during the Middle School trip to Alabama in January, we visited and explored Helen Keller's childhood home, Ivy Green (click to read the recap of this adventure), in Tuscumbia!
3/29, Wednesday - classes because the LOTC was Tuesday.
3/29-4/3, Wednesday - Upper School students will fly to the Pacific Northwest to explore Seattle and Portland. Each year's US trip is distinct, and prior years have been to Texas, and Georgia. Students will visit the University of Washington, the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum, the Space Needle, Museum of Pop Culture, the Suquamish Native American tribe, NPS sites for Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helen's, Reed College, Bainbridge Island, Pike Place Fish Market, the original Starbucks, Lan Su Chinese Garden, Voodoo Doughnuts, Portland Japanese Garden, and more. Each year's US trip is distinct, and prior years have been to Texas, and Georgia.
4/5, Wednesday – (A) SCISA Lower School Regional Quiz Bowl (B) No LOTC but classes because of Friday's World Languages Day.
4/7, Friday - World Languages Day - USL will host guest speakers, performers, and musicians representing the countries and cultures of the three languages each student learns (Latin, Spanish, and Mandarin). The lunch of many food cultures is a highlight! Special activities run from 10 AM-2 PM, and the public is welcome.
4/10, Monday - 4/14, Friday – Spring Break - school resumes on Monday, April 17.
University School Summer Day Camp - June 12-16 (Monday-Friday) from 9 AM - 4 PM for children in rising grades 3-5. $200 per child (maximum of 20 students). Overseen by USL's Intermediate School Director Alauria Corbin and assisted by USL students, it will include hallmark aspects of University School like fun and compelling field trips. Please email Alauria Corbin to register or for more information.
* 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