Why University School?
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.
Hurricane Matthew left death and destruction in its wake in America and in the Caribbean, and I know we will all do what we can to support the survivors.
1) If you'd like to donate to the domestic relief effort, you can text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10, or visit their website to give other donations.
2) If you'd like to assist efforts in Haiti, UNICEF has a specific program for this.
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%!
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!
10/18, Tuesday – Special Service Opportunity - It is an annual tradition to help Chicora Elementary in North Charleston with their CD/Kindergarten Math and Literacy Night. We are gathering early reader books to donate to them, and our students will prepare, cook, and deliver refreshments for the children and their families on this night.
10/19, Wednesday – LOTC - (A) In the AM, PSAT administration. All other students will take part in a Challenge Island STEAM activity with Cristan Lawrie. In the afternoon, all students will engage in exercises to learn more about the upcoming elections that we will be exit polling on Tues., 11/8. (B) GUEST SPEAKER - Ernesto Acosta, Green Party representative, will speak from 8:30-9:30 AM. Parents are welcome to join us for this presentation.
10/21, 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.
10/24, Monday – 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.
10/26, Wednesday - LOTC - (A) GUEST SPEAKER - S.C. State Senator Marlon Kimpson, Democratic Party, will speak from 8:30-9:30 AM. He is running unopposed for re-election to S.C. Senate District #42. Parents are welcome to join us for this presentation. (B) South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) Middle School Math Meet in Sumter.
10/27, Thursday – (A) Support USL - Family Meal TBD (serves 4-6). Order from Mrs. Hubbard by Wednesday, 10/26 for $25. Take home at car-pool pick-up today. (B) Larry Kobrovsky, Chair of the Charleston County Republican Party, will speak at 1:15 PM. Parents are welcome to join us for this presentation. (C) 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.
10/28, Friday – 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.
10/31, Monday - 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