At A Glance

At a Glance

Founded in 2007, University School of the Lowcountry (USL) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, independent school in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. We serve grades 3-12 in a co-educational and non-sectarian environment. USL has been accredited by the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) since 2008.

USL Faith Exploration
USL Walk through Shem Creek

Mission and Core Principles

University School of the Lowcountry is an independent, co-educational, non-sectarian school that offers a challenging and individualized curriculum. It fosters high academic achievement and emphasizes balanced growth – intellectually, physically, emotionally, ethically, and socially – for every student. Within a highly supportive community, USL is committed to maintaining a caring and creative environment that encourages children to love learning, take intellectual risks, self-advocate, treat others with respect and empathy, and aspire to make a positive difference in the greater community and world.

Accreditations and Memberships

USL is SCISA accredited.University School is accredited by the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) (initial accreditation in 2008 and reaccredited in 2011 and 2014). USL also intends to earn Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) accreditation.

Other organizations of which University School maintains membership include:

  • Association for Experiential Education
  • Independent School Management Consortium
  • National Business Officers Association
  • Palmetto Association of Independent Schools
  • Together SC (formerly South Carolina Association of Nonprofits)
  • South Carolina Independent School Association

USL is a Darkness to Light Partner in Prevention.USL has been awarded Darkness to Light’s Partner in Prevention distinction every year since 2011. We were 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.