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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). 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). 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. 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 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 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.

News

Open House for Interested and Prospective Families on Mon., 10/9  - On Monday, October 9, 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. 

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.

9/25, Monday – Parent Coffee with Jason Kreutner (2-3 PM)

9/26, Tuesday – No Uniform Day

9/27, Wednesday(A) Middle and Upper School students will kayak Shem Creek with guides from Coastal Expeditions, and the IS will explore Shem Creek and the new phases of Shem Creek Park.  (B) This day is set aside as an opportunity for parent & teacher conferences.  Please remember that they can be arranged at any point during the year. (C) Chess Club (All Grades, 3:15).  (D) OPTIONAL FAMILY LOTC AND VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - At 4 PM (and it will last until 6:00 or 6:30 - so come when you can), we will help the Hibben UMC community unload and arrange the pumpkins on the lawn facing Coleman Blvd. Afterwards enjoy a free pizza dinner in the gym! Please bring a dark t-shirt to wear because the pumpkins are dirty (straight out of the patch)!  This is a great annual tradition! 

9/28, Thursday(A) Novel Club with Sara Peck (MS & US, 3:15).

9/29, Friday(A) Middle and Upper School students will enjoy a 1:00 PM performance by the Mayhem Poets 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." (B) Photography Club with Jaime Zollars (5th-12th grades, 3:15). (C) Students & Mentors Activity - USL students and mentors will enjoy a movie, games, and food in the gym from 6:30-8:30 PM. Adult and Family Gathering at a nearby restaurant during Mentor Night.  

10/4, Wednesday(A) HOSTED PERFORMANCE - University School will host Pacific Islands Dance Arts of the Carolinas for a performance of hula dancing and traditional accompanying music at 10 AM in the gym. It is appropriate for all ages and lasts about 50-60 minutes. Guests will include our friends from Sweetgrass Assisted Living Village, Hibben UMC Preschool, Moultrie Middle School, Christ Our King-Stella Maris School, Windwood Farm Home for Boys, Charleston-area homeschool families, and other groups from the community. (B) Chess Club (All Grades, 3:15).

10/5, Thursday(A) Novel Club with Sara Peck (MS & US, 3:15). (B) 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.

10/9, Monday – Special Learning Outside the Classroom experience for members of the Upper School and Faculty -- "Behind the Scenes" tour of the American College of Building Arts at 6:00 PM.

10/10, Tuesday – SCISA High School Quiz Bowl regional at USL.

10/11, Wednesday(A) LOTC - In the AM, PSAT administration.  All other students took part in a Challenge Island STEAM activity with Cristan Lawrie. In the afternoon, all students will take part in exercises to learn more about the upcoming elections that we will be exit polling on Tues., 11/7. (B) Chess Club (All Grades, 3:15).

 

* 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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