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For results. State Middle School Math Meet Champions 4x in the past five years (2013-14 through 2017-18) 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). Students participate in our job shadow program to explore careers of interest and experience a vast array of artistic and cultural experiences.

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.

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Support University School through an 2017-2018 Annual Fund gift. Congratulations on 100% parent, faculty/staff, and board member participation for 2017-2018! That is four 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, October 2017, & November 2017.

News

Our Exit Polling predictions can be found on our Facebook page and a full report can be found here.

Open House for Interested and Prospective Families on Mon., 12/4  - On Monday, December 4, 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. 

Click here for our latest monthly e-newsletter.

On Friday, November 17, University School students, faculty, parents, alumni, and alumni parents took part in National Day of Caring service projects at 11 sites across Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties through the Trident United Way in the Lowcountry. This is one of the biggest Days of Caring in America, and USL contributed 500+ hours of service to the community at Midland Park Primary, Carter-May Catholic Assisted Living Center, Jane Edwards Elementary, International Primate Protection League, South Santee Senior and Community Center, Fresh Future Farm, Hunley Park Elementary, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Whitesville Elementary, Sweetgrass Assisted Living Village, and Windwood Farm Home for Boys. 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 is our ninth consecutive year of participating in the Day of Caring! Click here for the 2016 slideshow of our day!

On Election Day (November 7, 2017), we conducted our annual exit polling exercise, and this entailed students canvassing voters across Mount Pleasant, Charleston, and Isle of Palms. WCBD-2 featured our efforts ("Lowcountry students conduct exit polling following elections") and the Island Eye News spotlighted our canvassing of the Isle of Palms races ("Students Learn Through Exit Polling") you can read more and compare our predictions to the actual results here.

On October 25, 2017, USL won First Place Team at the South Carolina Independent School Association Middle School Math Meet today, and this included having the top two high scorers for the whole competition! Our other team placed Third overall! This is our fifth year of participating in this competition, and we’ve now won four times and placed second once! Congratulations to all of the participating students and our Middle School Math teachers: Nikki Brockman, Chelisa Elmore-Williams, and Tiffany Thompson. Thanks to Mrs. Brockman and Mrs. Thompson for leading the team to Sumter for the competition. The following were our participating students: Charlotte Adragna (10th Place Overall Individual - tie), Merritt Baldwin, Emma Bluestein (10th Place Overall Individual - tie), Dylan Brockman, Bailey Chave (2nd Place Overall Individual), Mikhael Douglass, Caleb Herold, Mia Leone, Mariam Nguyen, Caitlin Parkman, and Leo Vaglienti (1st Place Overall Individual). Our consistent success is quite a testament to our Math program at University School, and the credit goes to our Math teachers in all three divisions: Mrs. Brockman, Ms. Donoghue, Mrs. Elmore-Williams, and Mrs. Thompson. 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 Sunday, October 22, 2017, the Post and Courier examined University School's hallmark Learning Outside the Classroom program through the prism of examining faiths first-hand. USL students visited a Lutheran and a Roman Catholic Church as part of a study of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation ("Students trace Martin Luther's legacy in Charleston churches").

On Sunday, October 15, 2017, 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 School Spirit theme. The booth design was beautiful and the game was fun!  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! 

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.

Open House for Interested and Prospective Families on Mon., 1/22  - On Monday, January 22, 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. 

12/21, Thursday - (A) LOTC - As is customary, we will have our annual Winter Faiths/Holidays Interdisciplinary Day on the last day of the semester.  We will learn about holidays and how they are celebrated by various faith and ethnic groups. This year, we'll visit the Church of Jesus Christ-Latter Day Saints Temple in West Ashley and then Mother Emanuel AME in downtown Charleston. In 2016 Talim Lessane from the College of Charleston taught us more about Kwanzaa, which is celebrated on December 26-January 1. Students also visited the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in downtown Charleston and toured the Central Mosque of Charleston to learn more about Islam. (B) End of Second Quarter and First Semester.

12/22, Friday - 1/2 Tuesday - Winter Break Holiday.

1/3 Wednesday - Classes resume. Faculty will also have Inservice today in the AM.

1/4, Thursday - 1/9 Tuesday - MS Gulf States Trip - Poarch Band of Creek Indians, USS Alabama and USS Drum, Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Gulfquest Museum of the Gulf of Mexico (Mobile, AL); National Naval Aviation Museum and Naval Air Station Pensacola (Pensacola, FL); Mission San Luis, Florida State University, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (Tallahassee, FL), Tampa Bay Times - environmental reporter Craig Pittman - update on Gulf Coast Oil Spill, the Everglades, and Hurricane Irma (Tampa, FL); Pinecraft - Amish vacation spot and lunch; The Ringling art museum (Sarasota, FL); Kennedy Space Center (Titusville, FL), Castillo de San Marcos (St. Augustine, FL). 

* 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. USL is a member of the Palmetto Association of Independent Schools.

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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