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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 4x in the past four years (2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018). 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.

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 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, December 2017, January 2018, & February 2018.


In the March 2018 issue and in a full-page question and answer format with USL's Head of School, "Talking Education with Jason Kreutner," the Charleston Mercury explored the educational philosophy of University School and how it prepares students emotionally, academically, and socially to thrive as independent citizens of America and the world.

Congratulations to our students who participated in the SCISA Elementary and Middle School State Tournament on March 1, 2018. In our second year of participation, our students had fun and were terrific! We are proud of all of our participants, and kudos to Lucas Helferich -- Elementary School State Chess Runner-Up!


Senior Sandy Otap was Lowcountry Parent's "Student Superstar" for the March 2018 issue. As of this issue, there have only been 14 students selected for this recognition, and two University School students have received this honor. Senior Anne Adragna was Lowcountry Parent's inaugural "Student Superstar" in the debut of this feature in the January 2017 issue.

Open House for Interested and Prospective Families on Thurs., 4/12  - 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. 

5/5, Saturday - Salsa your way over to University School of the Lowcountry's 11th Annual Auction! The Schoolhouse (720 Magnolia Road, West Ashley, 29407)
Silent and Live Auction
6:00 PM - Check-in Begins
7:00 PM - Live Music
Click the link to purchase your tickets and register to bid!
Can participate from your phone in case you cannot attend using Bidr!

6/4-6/9, Monday-Friday "Young Explorers" Day Camp - Exploration, hands-on learning, individualized attention, leadership and life skills--these are all hallmarks of a USL education. This summer we're offering a special "Young Explorers" Day Camp to help high-achieving, rising 3rd-5th graders experience a week of fun and learning. The camp is open to current students, incoming students, and those who want to sample what USL is all about beyond our Shadow Day experiences. Participants will enjoy a full day of activities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., including a daily field trip, language immersion, culinary lessons, and more. The cost is $200 for the week of June 4-8. We hope you'll share this opportunity with your friends and neighbors. For more information, please contact Intermediate School Director Alauria Corbin.

Click here for our latest monthly e-newsletter.

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" - Martin Luther King, Jr.  University School of the Lowcountry seeks to develop active and informed citizens of America and our world who can think for themselves, serve the greater community, and successfully chart a path through life. Click here to read more from this reflection from January 15, 2018.

All of March, Wednesdays - Students in grades 3-8 will take sections of the Stanford Achievement test on Wednesdays in March. Paired with field trips, this allows us to stay on our regular class schedule and keeps the testing in proper perspective. Unlike the SC public schools, using a nationally-normed standardized test allows for insights and comparisons for each student based on a national pool and not just comparisons within South Carolina (SC Ready).

3/20, Tuesday - special LOTC - a group of USL students will take part in the Charleston Air Force Base's Women in Aviation program for female students. The local CBS station, Channel 5, composed a video story about the 2016 event for their evening news broadcast. The day provides a neat compelling connection for our students who learned more about the Tuskegee Airmen on the Middle School trip to Alabama and Moton Field in January 2017!  A similar event will be held for males on February 8 (Tuskegee Airmen Day).

3/21, Wednesday - LOTC - Intermediate and Middle School students will take a few sections of the Stanford Achievement test. Upper School students will tour one of the Navy's newest vessels, the USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114). This visit is very poignant because the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is named for the Charleston-native and Medal of Honor recipient who sacrificed his life to save the lives of two of his fellow Marines in Vietnam in 1968 by jumping on a grenade. It is in Charleston for its formal commissioning ceremony on March 24.

3/22, Thursday - Special PM LOTC - A group of Intermediate and Middle School students will tour one of the Navy's newest vessels, the USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114). This visit is very poignant because the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is named for the Charleston-native and Medal of Honor recipient who sacrificed his life to save the lives of two of his fellow Marines in Vietnam in 1968 by jumping on a grenade. It is in Charleston for its formal commissioning ceremony on March 24.

3/23-24, Friday-Saturday - SCISA Spring Heads' Convention

3/28, Wednesday - LOTC - Make-up day for Stanford testing. 7th graders will take part in a check-in assessment of the NCES Middle Grades Longitudinal Study they began last year.

3/30, Friday There will be no school for a faculty in-service day from 9:00-noon. MS/US students will babysit for faculty members' children, and lunch will be provided by USL parents.

4/2, Monday - 4/6, Friday – Spring Break - school resumes on Monday, April 9.

4/10, Tuesday – HOSTED PERFORMANCE - University School will host a Drum and Dance troupe from Senegal for a performance at 10 AM in the gym. It is appropriate for all ages and lasts about 50 minutes. Guests will include our friends from Windwood Farm Home for Boys, Christ Our King-Stella Maris School, Sweetgrass Assisted Living Village, Hibben UMC Preschool, Meeting Street Academy, Montessori of Mount Pleasant, Moultrie Middle School, Charleston-area homeschool families, and other groups from the community.

Summer 2018 - Summer Activities – USL hosts several activities in the summer to allow incoming students and interested families to spend time with members of the USL community (fellow students, faculty, alumni, teen and young adult mentors). Our list of activities for the Summer of 2018 is forthcoming.

* 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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