Why University School?
For results. State Middle School Math Meet Champions (2013-2014) and Runners-up (2014-2015). 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). 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 already have 100% parent and faculty/staff participation for 2014-2015!
Click here for printable flyers to learn more about University School , to examine a recap of the first semester of the 2014-2015 school year, and to see the highlights of a representative month of the school (April 2015)!
On Saturday, April 18, 2015, University School was one of the top performers, collectively and individually, at Christ Our King-Stella Maris School’s Mathletics Competition. Over 250 students competed, and schools participating included local independent & public schools and Catholic schools from across the entire state. Congratulations to our students and teachers!
* Level 2 Individual Event (Grades 3-4) - 2nd Place - Charlotte Adragna
* Level 3 Individual Event (Grades 5-6) - 1st Place - Garrison Wettengel
* Level 3 Team Event (Grades 5-6) - 2nd Place - Dylan Brockman, Mary Lee, Anna Misciagna, Isabel Prioleau, Zayaan Tirmizi
* Level 4 Individual Event (Grades 7-8) - 2nd Place - Jack Frain,
4th Place - Thomas Boyle
* Level 4 Team Event (Grades 7-8) - 1st Place - Thomas Boyle, William Eustis, Jack Frain, Julian Griffin, Allison Li
On April 14, 2015, we took part in the 150th anniversary commemoration of the raising of the US flag at the end of the Civil War at Fort Sumter. **Please enjoy this video of the day! **
Sara Peck, our MS/US Writing teacher, created a Novel Club last year (2013-2014). It meets on Fridays after school, and last year's efforts culminated in three students submitting novels to the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition. Congratulations to Allison Li, 7th grade, for being honored with a regional Gold Key for her medieval fantasy novel entitled Unity! Her work is now being considered for national recognition. As for the Novel Club, there are now nine students who are writing novels for next year's competition!
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!
On March 5, 2015, our Middle School Quiz Bowl team won 2nd place in the State Quiz Bowl today in Columbia! The competition began last month with 30+ teams in nine regions, and the nine region winners met today in three groupings. In the morning session we defeated Pinewood Prep and St. Anne Catholic (Sumter), and then we faced off against St. Joseph's Catholic (Columbia) and St. Andrew's School (Savannah). We beat St. Andrew's, and then St. Joseph's did as well. This set up the Championship match, and St. Joseph's prevailed. We are especially pleased because this was only our second year participating in the Quiz Bowl competition! All of the teams were spirited and talented, and we enjoyed the the entire day. Cardinal Newman did an exceptional job hosting all of the teams and making us feel welcome. We are proud of our team members: Miko Crowley, Jack Frain, Ron Kalus, Sanders Linker, Isabel Prioleau, Garrison Wettengel, and Daniel Kalus! * Thanks also to the students and faculty at University School of the Lowcountry for the kind banner that they made for the team!
On February 19, 2015, our Middle School Quiz Bowl team won their region. This means we will take part in the State Quiz Bowl on Thursday, March 5. We competed against Orangeburg Prep School, W. Wyman King Academy, and Patrick Henry Academy. We are especially pleased because this was only our second year participating in the Quiz Bowl competition, and it was our second region championship. Congratulations to team members Miko Crowley, Jack Frain, Ron Kalus, Sanders Linker, Isabel Prioleau, Garrison Wettengel, and Daniel Kalus!
On February 4, 2015, fourteen USL students competed in the SCISA State Literary Meet. As with our LOTCs that place students in all sorts of situations to learn, competitions like this allow students to test and push themselves -- and then learn from the experience. It was a busy day with a large contingent of schools present (over 90 schools and 850+ students), and our students learned a lot and enjoyed the day with their teachers. Congratulations to Cayleigh Nicholson, 7th, for winning 2nd Place in Middle School Oral Interpretation!
In February 2015, we learned the results of the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for the Southeast Region. It is our practice and belief to have all students take part in this competition. This competition is for 7-12th graders, and this year our 7th-10th graders entered 75 works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry and received an amazing 33 awards! 73% of our students were honored, and over 85% of the 8th graders garnered an award for writing in 7th or 8th grade. Typically the number of submissions in the region numbers in the tens of thousands and for the country is 250,000+. We have four students with pieces that will move on to the national competition. Congratulations to our students and our MS/US Writing teacher Sara Peck!
On January 20, 2015, we placed 4th out of 24 schools and 36 teams at the South Carolina Independent School Association High School Math Meet. As our current highest grade is 10th, we competed against juniors and seniors and did amazing -- including a top 3 individual high scorer! Congratulations to all of the participating students and our USL Math teachers: Mrs. Brockman, Mrs. Lawrie, Ms. Donoghue, Mrs. Koches, and Mr. Zenauskas!
On November 14, 2014, University School students, faculty, and parents took part in National Day of Caring service projects at eleven 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 at Midland Park Primary, Jane Edwards Elementary, Windsor Hill Elementary, Chicora Elementary, FamilyCorps, Carter-May Assisted Living Home, Berkeley Citizens, International Primate Protection League, South Santee Senior and Community Center, Fresh Future Farm, and Windwood Farm Home for Boys.
The Post and Courier featured a story on our exit polling on Election Night: "Exit poll good news for Gov. Nikki Haley, school and library referendums." Channel 2 interviewed one of our exit polling groups at M. Pleasant Municipal Complex, and the result is a neat video and insightful article: "Kids exit poll Lowcountry voters." Channel 5 News also spotlighted this experience for our students on their website: "Students, not old enough to vote, find success predicting election outcomes." Click here for the full results of our 2014 Election Day Exit Polling and here for a video explanation of our exploration of civics and exit polling.
On Wednesday, October 29, 2014, we won Second Place Team at the South Carolina Independent School Association Middle School Math Meet, and this included having three of the top six high scorers for the whole competition (over 25 schools and 200+ students)! We fielded two teams, and they got 2nd and 9th overall. Congratulations to all of the participating students (Thomas Boyle, William Eustis - 4th overall, Kat Favre, Jack Frain - 2nd overall, Julian Griffin, Ron Kalus, Sabrina Lawrence, Mary Lee, Allison Li - 6th overall, Alex Pawlik, and Isabel Prioleau) and our Middle School Math teachers: Mrs. Brockman, Mrs. Lawrie, and Mr. Zenauskas!
5/13, Wednesday – LOTC - We will travel to the South Carolina Air National Guard's McEntire Air Base in Eastover. Active units that students will learn about will include the 169th Fighter Wing (F-16 Fighting Falcons) and the 245th Air Traffic Control Squadron. Students may also get to see the AH-64 Apache helicopters also based there.
5/14, Thursday - Eighth Grade Graduation and Lunch - eighth graders will cook and serve lunch for their families, USL faculty, and the Middle School in appreciation for their support and their experience at University School. Seventh graders will serve as apprentices, and the event will include speeches delivered by the eighth graders in which they thank their families, teachers, and friends and a slideshow. Additional notes about graduation can be found on Moodle (L&L page). This is a great event for parents, current and prospective, to attend and experience. One can attend just the speeches (11 AM, lasts about an hour) or the full slate of activities (lunch at noon and the slideshow around 1 PM). Please just RSVP with Judy Hubbard in the USL office.
5/18, Monday - Intermediate School Family and Special Friends Day from 9-10:30 AM in the gym. IS students will share what they have learned this year with special friends and members of their family in this morning event.
5/20, Wednesday – (A) LOTC - This day is set aside for the "Special Memory" trip chosen by consensus by the 8th graders. We will make a trip to Bishopville, and Pearl Fryar will lead us through his famous topiary garden. Since beginning his garden in 1984, Fryar has become a regional sensation. He has participated in site-specific demonstrations at SPOLETO and is the subject of the documentary "A Man Named Pearl." * Click here for a slideshow of our last visit in 2012.(B) Support USL - Family-style Dinner and Salad (serves 4-6). Order from Mrs. Hubbard by Tuesday, 5/19 for $25. Take home at car-pool pick-up today.
5/21, Thursday – (A) we will thoroughly clean and organize the campus and rooms so that everything is in order for Hibben UMC for the summer. (B) A group of students will lead first graders from Midland Park Primary (one of our Day of Caring partners) on a buddy-buddy trip to Bee City in Cottageville.
5/22, Friday – (A) Last day for students. This includes traditional activities such as distribution and signing of yearbooks, passing out of end-of-year t-shirts, walking the Vincent Drive loop, and watching slideshows of the year. Members of the MS will also put on their 1-hour production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream from 10:30-11:30 on the gym stage. (B) At 8:45 AM, Mrs. Logan and the MS will enjoy a presentation from author/mountaineer/adventurer Harry Farthing that coincides with their reading of Into Thin Air about an expedition on Mt. Everest. (C) Students & Mentors Activity - USL students and mentors will enjoy a movie, games, and food in the gym from 6:30-8:30 PM.
5/23, Saturday – All USL Community Event - the Horan family, including Matthew (6th) and Allison (10th), invite all past and present members of the University School community to a bonfire at the beach at 6 PM. Location - Station 25, Sullivans Island, SC 29482
2015 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, teen and young adult mentors). Please be sure to RSVP to Judy Hubbard (firstname.lastname@example.org) by email at least two days before the activity you plan to attend.
Wednesday, June 10 - Art with USL's Art Teacher, Jaime Zollars
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Cost: no charge
Please RSVP by Monday, June 8
Friday, June 19 - Indoor Games to Stay Cool!
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Cost: no charge
University School’s gym
Please RSVP by Wednesday, June 17
Wednesday, June 24 - Blackbeard's Cove
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Cost: $10 (*be sure to RSVP early because of space limitations)
3255 N. Highway 17, Mt. Pleasant, 29466 (#971-1223)
Please RSVP by Monday, June 22
Wednesday, July 8 - LOTC Experience for Incoming USL Students
C of C's Halsey Contemporary Art Institute and lunch downtown
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Cost: $5 for lunch
Depart from University School’s gym
Please RSVP by Monday, July 6
Wednesday, July 15 - Art with USL's Art Teacher, Jaime Zollars
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Cost: no charge
Please RSVP by Monday, June 13
Wednesday, July 22 - Indoor Games to Stay Cool!
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Cost: no charge
University School’s gym
Please RSVP by Monday, July 20
Sunday, July 26 - Charleston RiverDogs
Cost: $7 admission cost, and $7 for food voucher - sign up with this link
Then enter this password: luniversity
Joe Riley Stadium, Charleston
Please RSVP by Thursday, July 23
August Date TBD - Painting Pottery at USL
10 AM - 12:00 PM
University School’s gym (this is in place of Kiln' Time which has closed)
Please RSVP by TBD
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