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For results. State Middle School Math Meet Champions (2013-2014, 2015-2016, 2016-2017) 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 (Headmaster of the Year) 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. USL won 4 of South Carolina's 50 national writing awards in 2015-2016. 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.

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Support University School through an Annual Fund contribution. Congratulations on 100% parent, faculty/staff, and board member participation for 2016-2017! 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, read our Fall 2016 newsletter, or Winter 2017 newsletter

News

January 2017 opening for After School Director (PT, weekdays, 3:00-5:30)

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!

Click here to read our Fall 2016 newsletter.

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.

Click here to read our Winter 2017 newsletter.

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.

1/13-17, Friday-Tuesday – University School will be closed on Friday, 1/13 and Monday, 1/16 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Students will not have classes because of faculty in-service on Tuesday, 1/17 (lunch and babysitting of faculty children provided by USL students). Classes will resume on Wednesday, January 18.

1/18, Wednesday – no LOTC - special schedule of classes for all divisions.

1/24, Tuesday -Intermediate and Middle School students will enjoy a performance of "The Science of Magic" by Bill Blagg 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."

1/25, Wednesday (A) LOTC - TBD; (B) - Teacher & Parent Conference Opportunity. They can also be scheduled at any other time of the year.

1/27, Friday - Students & Mentors Activity - USL students and mentors will enjoy a movie, games, and food in the gym from 6:30-8:30 PM.

2/2, Thursday - 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.

2/8, Wednesday - (A) SCISA Middle School Quiz Bowl regional competition. We were Region Champions in 2013-2014, and Region Champions and State Runners-Up in 2014-2015! (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."  

 

* 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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