Why University School?
For results. State Middle School Math Meet Champions (2013-2014) and Runners-up (2014-2015). State Middle School Quiz Bowl Runners-up (2014-2015). 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. 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. We had 100% parent, faculty/staff, and board member participation for 2014-2015!
Click here for printable flyers to learn more about University School , to examine a recap of the 2014-2015 school year, and to see the highlights of a representative month of the school (April 2015)!
On Monday, December 7, 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.
In mid-November 2015, we were honored with WCBD-Channel 2's Cool School Award! They created two separate videos to highlight USL on their broadcast. The first gives an overview of USL. You can see it here. The second focuses on our LOTC program. Congratulations!
University School students, faculty, parents, alumni, and alumni parents took part in National Day of Caring service projects at thirteen 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 we contributed over 500 hours of service for the 2015 Day of Caring at Midland Park Primary, Pinehurst Elementary, Jane Edwards Elementary, FamilyCorps, Carter-May Assisted Living Home, International Primate Protection League, South Santee Senior and Community Center, Tri-County Family Ministries, Fresh Future Farm, Footlight Players, Matilda Dunston Elementary, Chicora Elementary, 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. The Post and Courier had a nice article about the DoC ("Day of Caring turns out thousands to give back to community"), and it features pictures of some of our students at Fresh Future Farm along with an examination of our work there. Click here for a slideshow of our day!
In the November 8, 2015 edition, Post and Courier columnist Brian Hicks builds upon the results of a survey question in our exit poll from Tuesday about full vs. part-time mayor for Mount Pleasant ("Mount Pleasant should listen to voters on strong-mayor government"). After highlighting the history and reliability of our students' efforts over the years, Hicks focuses on the overwhelming support for a full-time mayor that was expressed in this survey question and expands upon it by looking at municipal government forms in other big cities in the region. The piece ends with a call to heed the exit poll results and move to a full-time mayor format in Mount Pleasant. Beyond the lessons already learned from Tuesday about social skills, math, governance, statistics, etc., the students have now played a role in agenda setting. This means their work has started/contributed to a public debate in Mount Pleasant.
On Election Day (Tuesday, November 3) students administered exit polls for the Mount Pleasant municipal races and the for Charleston mayoral race to determine who will succeed long-time Mayor Joe Riley. Each student canvassed voters at two precincts (one in each municipality), and USL visited 26 total voting sites. We then compiled the information and predicted the outcomes using our exit poll results. We included our own questions concerning the submarine Clamagore, preference for part-time or full-time mayor of Mount Pleasant, the proposed International African American History Museum, and quality of life questions. Here is some media coverage of this year's exit polling activity. The Post and Courier included a day-time update on our efforts on Election Day: "Lowcountry voters undeterred by wet weather, poll workers say." The P&C also featured a story on our exit polling on Election Night: "Exit poll smiles on John Tecklenburg, Leon Stavrinakis." The Moultrie News also spotlighted this experience for our students: "Students get it right with town council election predictions." Click here for the results of our 2015 exit polling and predictions!
The Upper School Quiz Bowl team won their region today! This means they will take part in the High School State Quiz Bowl on Tuesday, November 17. We competed against Charleston Collegiate, First Baptist, and Northwood Academy, and our students won all three of their matches. This was an amazing outcome considering it was our first time ever participating in a high school quiz bowl competition! Congratulations to team members Anne Adragna, Miko Crowley, Allison Horan, Cole Jones, Ellie Manucy, and Kennon Saad!
Seven of our 7th grade students qualified for State Recognition based on SAT scores received during 2014-2015 academic year (Thomas Boyle, Daniel Kalus, Ron Kalus, Sabrina Lawrence, Allison Li, Cayleigh Nicholson, Gabby Villacres). They earned the award by scoring at or above the national average (better than 50% of the nation’s high school juniors and seniors) on at least one part of the SAT. A USL 7th grade student has garnered State Recognition every year that the School has been in operation, and over 40% of our students have achieved State Recognition in our history. Congratulations!
12/1 Tuesday – Support USL - Family-style Meal TBD (serves 4-6). Order from Mrs. Hubbard by Monday, 11/30 for $25. Take home at car-pool pick-up today.
12/2, Wednesday – LOTC - we will travel to Mepkin Abbey in Moncks Corner. We visited the Trappist monks here a few years ago, but this learning adventure is focused on their popular annual Creche Festival. There will be over 100 representations of the Christian Nativity to examine and compare.
12/7, 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.
12/8, Tuesday – LOTC HOSTED PERFORMANCE - University School will host classical pianists Vladimir Pleshakov and Elena Winther for a performance of 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, Charleston-area homeschool families, and other groups from the community.
12/9, Wednesday – LOTC- Medical University of South Carolina - It is a December tradition to visit and learn more about MUSC. Students will tour the campus and take part in several different activities. The day will conclude with visiting and delivering holiday cards to patients at the Hollings Cancer Institute.
12/18, Friday - (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. In the morning, we will visit Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim synagogue in Charleston. One of the oldest synagogues and congregations in America, KKBE also represents Charleston's significance as the birthplace of Reform Judaism. We last visited KKBE in 2009, and in the intervening years we have explored Conservative Judaism (Synagogue Emanu-El) and Orthodox Judaism (Brith Sholom Beth Israel Synagogue) so that our students get a comprehensive view of the faith. In the afternoon we will visit St. Michael's Church in Charleston. The oldest church building in Charleston, visiting St. Michael's will allow us to learn more about this church, its history, and the Anglican faith. (B) Students & Mentors Activity - USL students and mentors will enjoy a movie, games, and food in the gym from 6:30-8:30 PM. The evening includes the annual showing of Home Alone. We also ask that each student bring a few durable food items that we will donate to the Lowcountry Food Bank and Holy Trinity AME Church. This is an annual tradition to support the Food Bank and the food outreach efforts of HT AME. (C) End of Second Quarter and First Semester
* 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