Tours & Admissions
If you would like to learn more about the physical location of University School and meet the faculty and students, then we are happy to host you and your family for a tour. Please contact us if you would like to schedule a campus visit. For information about applying to USL (including financial aid), please see the "Admissions" page.
University School's mission includes the responsibility to serve as a positive force in the greater community, and we welcome all interested members of the community to our public gatherings.
Interested Families are invited to our upcoming Open House event:
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.
USL in the News
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)!
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!
On Friday, November 13, 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!
USL 7th grader Turner Hill traveled to Washington, D.C. to lobby Congress on behalf of MUSC ("Children lobby for the Medical University of South Carolina on Capitol Hill"). * From the July 6, 2015 edition of The Post and Courier.
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. We are very proud of our students and are grateful for the teachers who chaperoned them. 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. Here are our participants: 3rd Grade Storytelling: Charlotte Halford; 4th Grade Poetry Recitation: Brian DeMichael & Vann Hagood; 5th Grade Poetry Recitation: Zoe Gregg & Benjamin Halford (Merritt Baldwin alternate); Middle School Oral Interpretation: Will Courtney (Dramatic) & Cayleigh Nicholson (Humorous); Middle School Extemporaneous Speaking: William Eustis & Kat Favre; Middle School Essay: Rivers Ulmer & Gabby Villacres; Upper School Extemporaneous Speaking: Anne Adragna; Upper School Essay: Sandy Otap; Upper School Oral Interpretation (Humorous): Allison Horan. 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. 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! Anne Adragna (10th) - Gold Key (Poetry): Can This Much be True, Wally Lamb (this piece moves to the national competition); Silver Key (Poetry): Learned Helplessness ; Honorable Mention (Poetry): Separation Anxiety - Rhett Baldwin (7th) - Honorable Mention (Humor): Chew Till You Blow - Lila Berle (10th) - Honorable Mention (Poetry): Sitting Between Bookshelves: A Pantoum; Honorable Mention (Flash Fiction): Someone Else's Party; Honorable Mention (Personal Essay/Memoir): Ice: A Lyrical Essay; Silver Key (Flash Fiction): How to Productively Procrastinate; Silver Key (Poetry): Dear Mr. Jones; Silver Key (Personal Essay/Memoir): Touch - William Eustis (8th) - Silver Key (Short Story): Diana's Flowers - Kat Favre (8th) - Honorable Mention (Flash Fiction): The Story of a Teenage Girl; Honorable Mention (Short Story): Angels; Honorable Mention (Poetry): The Towers of Smoke; Gold Key (Poetry): The Summer of 1902 (this piece moves to the national competition) - Jack Frain (8th) - Honorable Mention (Flash Fiction): Prove It; Honorable Mention (Poetry): Turn of Events; Honorable Mention (Humor):Ole' Man Rick and Mama - Allison Horan (10th) - Honorable Mention (Flash Fiction): You Fancy Yourself a Writer - Daniel Kalus (7th) - Honorable Mention (Poetry): It's a Human; Honorable Mention (Poetry): Solid Moments - Sabrina Lawrence (7th) - Honorable Mention (Flash Fiction): Escape - Allison Li (7th) - Silver Key (Poetry): The Maiden; Gold Key (Poetry): Letters on a Page (this piece moves to the national competition) - Sanders Linker (8th) - Silver Key (Flash Fiction): The Lockup - Cayleigh Nicholson (7th) -Silver Key (Poetry): Jack the Ripper; 3 Poems; Honorable Mention (Poetry): The Willows Have Lost Their King - Sandy Otap (9th) - Honorable Mention (Poetry): DEAR TAYLOR; Honorable Mention (Personal Essay / Memoir): Cinnamon - Alex Pawlik (7th) - Honorable Mention (Poetry): Faded Glory - Gabby Villacres (7th) - Gold Key (Poetry): Silence (this piece moves to the national competition); Gold Key (Poetry): Transcendence (this piece moves to the national competition) - Rivers Ulmer (8th) - Silver Key (Short Story): Falling Out
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 2014: "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!
On October 19, 2014, we were Runners-Up in the Best School Booth contest at the Mt. Pleasant Children's Day Festival at Park West! Congratulations to everyone who helped design it and set up, and thanks to all of the USL community members who represented us at the Festival!
On Friday, October 10, 2014, USL hosted an accreditation visit and received our annual financial audit. These forms of external review of University School are vital in validating and providing useful into our operations and the learning experience for our students:
1) Accreditation - October 2014
A three-person team, comprised of college professors and independent school educators, from the South Carolina Independent School Association spent today at University School as part of our every-three-year accreditation cycle. They explored all aspects of USL, observed classes, and talked with a variety of members of our community. USL meets or exceeds all of the accreditation criteria, and their feedback was effusive and helpful. Here is the summary from their report:
"The team would like to commend the school on the following:
1. The positive school/church interaction
2. The healthy, positive school environment
3. Small class sizes
4. Flexibility that teachers have to instruct students that best matches the students learning styles
5. Student interaction with adults
6. The active engagement of students in the classroom
The team was extremely impressed with the school and had difficulty coming up with suggestions to improve the school."
2) Audit - October 2014
Here are the summary results of our 2013-2014 school year audit from the accounting firm of GlaserDuncan. USL has its business-side in good order and carries no debt. Although financial measurements will never be a true indicator of the School’s success, some are very important for the long-term health and viability of the school. One of these is how much of every dollar the School spends that goes to supporting its mission. In the case of University School for 2013-2014, $0.82 of every dollar spent went back to supporting the mission of the School. For our peer schools, the average is $.70.
In August 2014, University School was designated a Partner in Prevention for the 2014-2015 school year by Darkness to Light. USL has been awarded D2L'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.
On Saturday, March 29, 2014, the University School team was one of the top performers, collectively and individually, at the Mathletics Competition hosted by Christ Our King-Stella Maris school. Over 200 students competed and came from as far as the Midlands of South Carolina. Congratulations to our students and teachers!
* Individual Event (Grades 5-6) - Thomas Boyle - 2nd place, Allison Li - 3rd place, Jonathan Roberts - 4th place
* Team Event (Grades 5-6) 1st Place - Thomas Boyle, Hannah Godsill, Mary Lee, Allison Li, Jonathan Roberts
* Individual Event (Grades 7-8) - Annabella Leone - 3rd place
* Team Event (Grades 7-8) 2nd Place - Alex Adragna, William Eustis, Annabella Leone, Sandy Otap, Campbell Sheidow
On March 4, 2014, our Middle School Quiz Bowl team won their region. We will take part in the State Quiz Bowl on April 2. All of our region competitors (Mason Prep School, Palmetto Christian Academy, and Northwood Academy) were adept and kind, and we all had a fun time. This was an amazing outcome considering it was our first time ever participating in a quiz bowl competition. Thanks to Mrs. Logan for helping to chaperone the group, and we are proud of the students on the team: Alex Adragna, Patrick Boyle, Jack Frain, Daniel Kalus, Ron Kalus, Annabella Leone, and Gabby Villacres (observer).
Three University School 7th graders received State Recognition on the Duke TIP SAT for 2013-2014. Over 40% of USL students have received this honor in our history. Congratulations to Kat Favre, Jack Frain, and Hayes Richards. For State Recognition, a student must achieve a score higher than 50% of college-bound juniors and seniors on one section of the SAT. Kudos to Jack Frainfor also receiving Grand Recognition (scoring better than 90% on one section of the SAT).
We are very proud of our students who competed in the SCISA State Literary Meet on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, in Summerville and are grateful for the teachers who chaperoned them. 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. We participated in 1-2 events a few years ago, but this was our first year fielding a full-complement of students in the array of fields. So, in many ways this was a fact-finding mission for us as we expect to continue our participation in the future, and now we have an even better understanding of the competition in general and the individual events. Congratulations to Alex Adragna for winning 3rd Place in Middle School Extemporaneous Speaking!
In the Spring semester of 2013-2014, we learned the results of the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. This year our 7th-9th graders entered 41 works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry and received an astonishing 22 awards! At the national level, we had two students place in the top 1%! National medalists represent the top 1% of submissions to the 2014 Scholastic Awards. University School has two national medalists: Alex Adragna (8th) and Jack Frain (7th). Congratulations to our students and our MS/US Writing teacher Sara Peck! Alex Adragna - Silver Key (Flash Fiction): The Elevator; Gold Key (Poetry): Remembrance, the Drive, Violence, Out of Mind (National Gold Medal Winner); Honorable Mention (Personal Essay/Memoir): Raining Apples and Dogs - Sasha Audier-Johnson - Gold Key (Poetry): When the Sun Sets; Honorable Mention (Poetry): It Must Come Down; Honorable Mention (Flash Fiction): Crushed; Honorable Mention (Flash Fiction): Remembering Silence - Patrick Boyle - Honorable Mention (Flash Fiction): Earthfall - Pate Bryant - Honorable Mention (Science Fiction/Fantasy): Stuck: A Story of Survival - Miko Crowley -Honorable Mention (Flash Fiction): Water Gun Fight - Kat Favre - Honorable Mention (Short Story): First Day at SAGT - Jack Frain - Honorable Mention (Humor): Flawless Napping For Bad Students; Honorable Mention (Humor): Jonathon Briggs, PI; Gold Key (Poetry): The Death of John F. Kennedy (National Silver Medal Winner) - Sasha Grigorieff - Honorable Mention (Flash Fiction): Misaki Mei Used To Be a Good Girl - Ashton Kennington - Honorable Mention (Flash Fiction): The Fact of Five Inches; Honorable Mention (Flash Fiction): It’s Not a Favor - Annabella Leone - Honorable Mention (Flash Fiction): Gusts of Wind; Silver Key (Poetry): The Twenty-fifth Year, Watchdog, 38 Years Later; Honorable Mention (Poetry): Lacking Extravagance - Morgan Mitchell - Silver Key (Flash Fiction): Remembering Silence - Kennon Saad - Honorable Mention (Flash Fiction): The Attack of the Mutant Pickles
On November 25, 2013, Channel Four profiled our lobbying efforts on behalf of the submarine USS Clamagore at Patriots Point. The coverage included a presentation that Bob Howard, Operations Director, asked to make to our students in order to recognize their efforts and answer their questions.
On November 7, 2013, Head of School Jason Kreutner received the South Carolina Independent School Association's Dr. Charles S. Aimar Educational Leadership Award, which is presented annually to the most outstanding leader among the association’s 100+ schools.
On November 8, 2013, The Island Eye News featured an article about our beach erosion and accretion exploration on Folly Beach and Sullivan's Island ("Learning From Sullivan's Beach Erosion").
USL's exit polling of the Mount Pleasant municipal races and our history of accurate election predictions formed the main elements of the lead election story ("School’s exit poll predicts Linda Page will be Mount Pleasant’s next mayor") for the Post and Courier on Election Night (November 5, 2013), and the results of the survey we administered were cited the following day in a story about the mayoral race results. USL's survey and its results were discussed -- especially the full-time mayor question -- in a feature article on Linda Page("From Just Passing Through, to Town Hall") (November 10, 2013). Click here for all of the information about our 2013 exit polling.
University School won First Place Team at the South Carolina Independent School Association Middle School Math Meet on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, and this included having two of the top three high scorers for the whole competition. Congratulations to the participating students (Alex Adragna - 3rd overall, Thomas Boyle, William Eustis, Jack Frain - 2nd overall, Ron Kalus, Reiley Lake, Annabella Leone, Allison Li, Alex Pawlik, Hayes Richards, Gabby Villacres) and the Middle School Math teachers (Mrs. Brockman, Mrs. Lawrie, Mr. Zenauskas, and Mrs. Callahan).
University School won Best School Booth at the Mt. Pleasant Children's Day Festival at Park West on Sunday, October 20, 2013.
In an article from October 17, 2013, The Moultrie News spotlighted Hibben UMC's pumpkin patch and USL's efforts to help them set it up each year (" 'Pumpkin church' again spreading harvest spirit").
University School has done several projects at the International Primate Protection League for the Day of Caring for the last three years. This year we created a vegetable garden to feed the gibbons ("A Garden for Gibbons") on September 13, 2013.
A member of the inaugural class of Darkness to Light's Partners in Prevention, University School is committed to the prevention of child sexual abuse and to helping children grow up healthy and whole. All faculty and staff take D2L training every August, and the Moultrie News spotlighted this year's Partners ("Local organizations set new record in efforts to prevent child sexual abuse") on August 22, 2013.
After exploring University school during the final weeks of the 2012-2013 school year, reporter Stratton Lawrence penned this story about what he discovered ("Learning Should Be Fun: A Revolutionary School Experience in Mount Pleasant").
On Saturday, April 20, 2013, University School competed in Christ Our King-Stella Maris’ Mathletics Competition. We participated in Level 3 (grades 5-6) and Level 4 (grades 7-8), and our students and teams were outstanding:
Level 3 Individual Event (Grades 5-6): Thomas Boyle - 1st place, William Eustis - 5th place
Level 3 Team Event (Grades 5-6): 1st Place (Thomas Boyle, Robby Dullanty, William Eustis, Ron Kalus, Gabby Villacres)
Level 4 Individual Event (Grades 7-8): Alex Adragna - 2nd place, Sophie Bello - 4th place, Jack Frain - 5th place
Level 4 Team Event (Grades 7-8): 2nd Place (Alex Adragna, Sophie Bello, Patrick Boyle, Jack Frain, Olive Gardner)
Four University School 7th graders received State Recognition on the Duke TIP SAT for 2012-2013. Over 40% of USL students have received this honor in our history. Congratulations to Alex Adragna, Patrick Boyle, Annabella Leone, and Ture Nyman. For State Recognition, a student must achieve a score higher than 50% of college-bound juniors and seniors on one section of the SAT. Kudos to Alex Adragna for also receiving Grand Recognition (scoring better than 90% on one section of the SAT).
In mid-February 2013, University School learned that it had 30 state winners in the 2012-2013 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition! This year our 7th and 8th graders entered 34 pieces and received an astonishing 30 awards! Alex Adragna - Silver Key (Short Story): Gourd Gored, Honorable Mention (Short Story): A Wild Ride, Honorable Mention (Flash Fiction): The Fire; Anne Adragna - Silver Key (Short Story): When She Falls, Silver Key (Short Story): Talented, Honorable Mention (Flash Fiction): Paco the Puny Pumpkin; Sophie Bello - Gold Key (Humor): Those That Crave Candy: Hansel and Gretel Retold, Gold Key (Humor): Hailey the Unicorn Huntress, Silver Key (Short Story): Il Giardino (the Garden), Honorable Mention (Flash Fiction): Goodbye Ankles, Hello Socks; Patrick Boyle - Silver Key (Humor): The Mouse-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy; Rory Corcoran - Silver Key (Humor): Rise of the Planet Bad Movies, Honorable Mention (Short Story): A Day in the Life of a Dog; Olive Gardner - Silver Key (Flash Fiction): Hate; Honorable Mention (Flash Fiction): My Father; Allison Horan - Honorable Mention (Sci-Fiction/Fantasy): Were-Wolf; Samantha Hull - Honorable Mention (Sci-Fiction/Fantasy): Emily, Honorable Mention (Flash Fiction): Fly; Ashton Kennington - Silver Key (Flash Fiction): The 18th Hour; India Manigault - Gold Key (Sci-Fiction/Fantasy): The Evolution of Oedipus; Ellie Manucy - Honorable Mention (Personal Essay/Memoir): We Can Change Animals' Lives; Morgan Mitchell - Silver Key (Short Story): Prom
Honorable Mention (Short Story): Where is My Father?; Lily Frain - (USL graduate '12, submitting under USL) Silver Key (Poetry): The Writer; Ture Nyman - Silver Key (Sci-Fiction/Fantasy): The Three Little Pigs Go Carnivorous; Clayton Johnson - Honorable Mention (Flash Fiction): The Cat; Kennon Saad - Silver Key (Humor): The Story of Farmer Dane; Jeanne-Marie Martin - Silver Key (Poetry): The Storm, Asylum, London's Bridge, The Pretty Dolly, Ness; Annabella Leone - Silver Key (Flash Fiction): The Darkness of a Banana; Sophie Mauerhan - Honorable Mention (Flash Fiction): Palmer the Yummy Pumpkin
In mid-December 2012, the Alliance for Young Artist and Writers announced the winners of the regional Art Competition. It was USL’s first time participating in the art side, and thanks to Mrs. Logan for giving the nudge to our students to be the first to enter. University School of the Lowcountry had two students enter two pieces of work into the regional competition, and they both received awards: Sasha Grigorieff (7th grade) - Honorable Mention in Design for "Lucca the Cat" ; Samantha Hull (8th grade) - Honorable Mention in Film & Animation for "Sora the Marshmellow"
Two University School graduates were also award winners: Anita Echlin (class of 2009) - Wando High School - Silver Key award in Painting for "Birds of a Feather";
Kate Frain (class of 2010) - Wando High School - Honorable Mention in Drawing for "Thanatopsis"
University School of the Lowcountry 8th graders took the PSAT in October 2012 along with sophomores and juniors across the country. As with our results on the Stanford Achievement test that we administer to all of our students every March, our 8th graders excelled on the PSAT and performed superbly in comparison to students several grade levels above them. Their average score on Critical Reading was higher than 74% of all 10th graders and for Writing was higher than 76% of all 10th graders (over half of them performed better than 90% of all 10th graders). Their average cumulative score in Reading, Writing and Math placed them in the 60th percentile of college-bound 11th graders.
On December 5, 2012, the Island Eye News shared University School's exit polling experience and success, and this included highlighting the polling we did at Sunrise Presbyterian Church on Sullivans Island and at the Isle of Palms Recreation Center ("See You at the Polls ").
YALLFEST is a Young Adult Literature Festival founded and based in Charleston, and the second year of the event was held last Friday and Saturday. USL is friends with Jonathan Sanchez, the owner of Blue Bicycle Books and the driving force behind YALLFEST. We were able to participate in the Middle School Writers' Symposium associated with it last year and this year. For a full review of the event, please read USL 8th grader Olive Gardner's article, "Spiderwick Bones, Grimm Creatures, and Endangered Robots convene for YALLFest," in the City Paper (November 12, 2012) about the experience.
Click here for the results of our 2012 exit polling. Our efforts were featured in a Charleston City Paper article from November 6, 2012 ("Across Charleston County, students run a serious exit poll"), and they also spotlighted our predictions. Head of School Jason Kreutner appeared on The Post and Courier's Election Night video updates with reporter Warren Peper to discuss USL's exit polling program.
The Post and Courier noted University School's participation in the United Way's Day of Caring in an article on September 8, 2012 ("Thousands turn out for Day of Caring projects"). Here is a picture of some USL students interacting with residents of Carter-May Assisted Living Home, and here is a posting from the International Primate Protection League about USL's projects there (and our 3rd year in a row helping IPPL).
On August 14, 2012, University School was recognized as one of 34 organizations that are Partners in Prevention of Darkness to Light -- a national leader in child sexual abuse prevention. “This group of organizations are most certainly on the leading edge of making our community safer,” said Jolie Logan, chief executive officer of Darkness to Light, in an article from the Post and Courier ("D2L recognizes 34 groups for efforts to end sex abuse").
Seven University School 7th graders receive state recognition on the Duke TIP SAT for 2011-2012. Over 40% of USL students have received this honor in our history. Congratulations to Anne Adragna, Sophie Bello, Olive Gardner, Allison Horan, Clayton Johnson, India Manigault, and Jeanne-Marie Martin. The Island Eye News spotlighted one our students, Allison Horan, for this achievement.
University School had eight state winners in the 2011-2012 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition and one national winner! Congratulations to USL Writing instructor Jackie Scarafile, to 8th grader Sarah Hand for her national recognition, and to the following students for state recognition:
Silver Key Winners
India Manigault - Silver Key in Flash Fiction for "Life on Earth"
Allison Horan - Silver Key in in Science Fiction/Fantasy for "Will of a Wolf"
Lily Frain - Silver Key in Short Story for "The Death of Rose"
Sophie Bello - Silver Keys in both Humor ("Welcome to Their Humble Abode: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Retold") and Flash Fiction ("Autobiography of a Baseball Bat")
Gold Key Winners
Sarah Hand: Gold Key in Short Story for "Tracked"
Carter Falk: Gold Key in Dramatic Script for "Guardian"
Kate Fairchild: Gold Key in Flash Fiction for "Washed by the Sea"
On February 8, 2012, The Moultrie News provided a recap of our explorations in politics and elections this year in an article ("University School students study politics in action").
University School students who explored journalism careers through the Job Shadow program had pieces published in their respective newspapers: The Post and Courier (February 6, 2012) and the Charleston City Paper (January 18, 2012).
While covering Ron Paul's speech at C of C on January 19, 2012, Channel 4 spotlighted University School's special LOTC to spread out across the Lowcountry in groups, and each student visited campaign events for two of the following four candidates: Gingrich, Paul, Romney, and Santorum.
The Post and Courier discussed the status of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream with four University School students in an article ("Keeping the Dream Alive") on January 12, 2012.
In an article about a competition for East Cooper middle schools to use CARTA, William Hamilton of the Moultrie News noted the strong support University School has given to public transportation in the area. This includes using the new #401 route for local field trips and making a short video about one of our trips. You can find the story ("Mount Pleasant middle schools compete in CARTA bus bowl") in the January 4, 2012 issue.
USL teacher Bucky Buchanan was featured in the Post and Courier on January 2, 2012, and Lowcountry Parent's January issue in an article on communicating with parents ("Holding Class: Local teachers seek improved communication with parents ").
Late-December, 2011, 100% acceptance rate for Class of 2012 applicants to Academic Magnet! University School's percentage of AMHS applicants accepted from our four graduating classes (2008-2012) is 90%.
On November 8, 2011, The Post and Courier featured University School's pioneering Learning Outside the Classroom program. David Slade ("Middle-school students predict the winners ") specifically focused on the students' work with exit polling and election predicting in the Mount Pleasant and Charleston municipal elections. The Charleston City Paper also spotlighted University School's exit polls ("Middle School exit polls point to Riley victory") as part of its coverage of Election Night.
University School won Best School Booth at the Mt. Pleasant Children's Day Festival at Park West on Sunday, October 16, 2011.
Channel 5 interviewed our students working at IPPL as part of their coverage of the Day of Caring on September 9, and you can see the video here. On September 10, 2011, a Post and Courier article ("More than 8,000 turn out for Day of Caring") also mentions University School's entire school taking part in the Day of Caring.
In her article ("Kids enjoy a classical summer: students learn Latin, get taste of Roman culture at C of C")in the Post and Courier on July 26, 2011, Diette Courrégé examined the teaching of Latin in Lowcountry schools and a new Latin summer camp experience at the College of Charleston (attended by some USL students). All students at USL take Latin, Mandarin and Spanish.
Brenda Rindge spotlighted USL's Head of School for his leadership of Snee Farm Swim Team in The Post and Courier ("Swim team builds champs with integrityl") on July 16, 2011.
Follow University School of the Lowcountry teacher Christa Brown's adventures in Nepal with her family for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years by following her blog.
Congratulations to University School 2010 graduate Kate Frain for being inducted into the Spanish Honor Society at Academic Magnet High School. As the first graduate of USL's pioneering global languages program, Kate matriculated to AMHS with four global language credits. She is also the first 9th grader in the history of Academic Magnet to be selected for this honor. Kudos to Kate and USL's global languages program and faculty!
The Island Eye News included an article about University School's comparative municipal government Learning Outside the Classroom experience on March 18, 2011 ("University School Students Visit Sullivan's Island ").
The Moultrie News spotlighted University School's exit polling during the 2010 elections ("Exit Polling at University School") on January 4, 2011.
On November 5, 2010, four University School faculty members sponsored sessions at the SCISA Teachers' Conference at Orangeburg Prep. Tiffany Paeschke (online Writing), Bucky Buchanan (daily AM PE for academic achievement), Christa Brown (individualized Mathematics), and Jason Kreutner (1-flexibility in independent schools and 2- USL's Learning Outside the Classroom program) represented USL and shared aspects of our innovative program with their peers. Click here for the full program.
The Post and Courier had a special supplement section entitled My Charleston on August 31, 2010. University School was featured prominently in the education section on independent schools in the Lowcountry ("Private School Options").
In his "History's Lost Moments" column, Dr. Tom Horton examined the past twenty-five years of USL's Head of School, Jason Kreutner, with the Snee Farm Swim Team ("Kreutner's Snee Farm Swim Team Freestyles to the Top") in the August 18, 2010 issue of The Moultrie News.
The Post and Courier highlighted a story on a student's journey at University School ("First student thrives as tiny school grows") on May 24, 2010.
The Post and Courier showcased a photo and caption about our interdisciplinary Gulf of Mexico oil spill lab on May 19, 2010 ("A Sticky Situation").
The Post and Courier featured a front-page article about University School's Mandarin program on April 14, 2010 ("Teaching Chinese a bow to the future ") by Diette Courrégé.
Three Duke TIP students at University School of the Lowcountry qualified for State Recognition based on SAT scores received during this academic year 2009-2010. The USL seventh graders 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. The University School students earning the recognition are Kilbey McCormick, Zach Parker, and Maya Rawls. They will be honored at the 2010 State Recognition Ceremony to be held at Furman University in Greenville on May 26. A University School of the Lowcountry student has garnered State Recognition every year that the School has been in operation.
The Moultrie News highlighted USL's African American history Learning Outside the Classroom arc in a story on March 31, 2010 (“University School students learn outside the classroom”).
USL student Carter Falk was featured in the March 2010 issue of SAIC's The Standard. It examined USL student Carter Falk's speech to members of the Fortune 500 company.
On January 27, 2010, fostering enterprising thinking in our students was the focus of an article in The Moultrie News ("Student speaks to employees about initiative"). It relayed USL student Carter Falk's speech at a Fortune 500 company's, SAIC, leadership retreat in Charleston.
On November 25, 2009, University School's LOTC experience at The Citadel was spotlighted in The Moultrie News ("University School of the Lowcountry learns about civil engineering ").
On November 11, 2009, The Moultrie News featured University School's pioneering Learning Outside the Classroom program. Helen Ravenel ("Local students learn about exit polling during the election") specifically focused on the students' work with exit polling and election predicting in the Mount Pleasant municipal elections. Click here for an overview of our exit polling and prediction LOTC.
USL Head of School Jason Kreutner appeared on WCSC-Channel 5 on November 4, 2009 to discuss the students' exit polling and accurate predictions of the Mt. Pleasant mayoral and Town Council elections. Click here to watch the segment.
USL teacher Bucky Buchanan's work with Louie's Kids was featured in the August 2009 edition of Charleston Magazine ("Shaping Up").
USL Head of School Jason Kreutner's summer swim team concluded their season in mid-July, and the coverage from the Post and Courier was nice ("Snee Farm makes it 21 straight" and "City swim results").
USL teacher Bucky Buchanan's work with Louie's Kids and their participation in the Cooper River Bridge Run was featured in The Moultrie News, "Cooper River Bridge Run a wild success," on April 8, 2009.
In the April 8, 2009 issue, the Charleston City Paper, in an article ("Reigniting S.C.'s School Choice Debate") about school tax credits, included a tuition comparison for several area independent schools. For what University School offers, it is an impressive value through this lens.
At the November 2008 Headmasters' meeting, Head of School Jason Kreutner was named the South Carolina Independent School Association's Headmaster "Rookie of the Year" for the 2007-2008 school year.
On October 6, 2008, The Post and Courier examined the important effort of Louie's Kids to battle obesity among chidlren of underprivileged backgrounds ("Students discover new life in Fit Club") and this included an account of USL teacher Bucky Buchanan's work as Program Director for the organization.
The Island Eye News included an account of USL's interdisciplinary "Seasons of Change" activity at Fort Moultrie on September 19, 2008 ("University School is hands on at Fort Moultrie'"). Click here for an online version of the paper, and then select page 11.
The Moultrie News noted USL's Head of School receiving the "Key to the City" of Mount Pleasant in the September 3, 2008 issue.
Brenda Rindge spotlighted USL's Head of School for the High Profile section of The Post and Courier ("Snee Farm swim coach makes a splash with University School") on August 23, 2008.
The Post and Courier featured an article about University School on June 19, 2008 ("Founder plans to open school this fall" by Jessica Johnson).
A student reporter, Elena Mpougas,for The Post and Courier's Ink! section described USL in an article ("New school, new angle on teaching") on April 8, 2008.
The Island Eye News examined USL in an article on February 22, 2008 ("The University School of the Lowcountry'"). Click here for a pdf version of Alyssa Caparaso's story about USL.
On November 7, 2007, The Post and Courier spotlighted several swimmers on the College of Charleston swim team, and this story ("Cougar swimmers connected by more than school alone") by Charles Bennett involves USL mentors and conveys our shared philosophy.
Jason Kreutner was the featured speaker at the November 2, 2007 meeting of the Rotary Club of Charleston - Breakfast (7:30 at the Harbour Club - 35 Prioleau St).
Jason Kreutner was the featured speaker at the October 24, 2007 meeting of the Rotary Club of Mount Pleasant (12:30 at the Holiday Inn - 250 Johnnie Dodds).
The Post and Courier covered the start of the year for University School. Click here for a link to the story ("University School of the Lowcountry opens its doors") by Jill Coley from August 29, 2007.
WCSC-Channel 5 hosted two segments on USL (August 2 and August 10, 2007). Click here to watch them.
The Daniel Island News highlighted USL in a story on July 12, 2007 (“New private middle school to open in Mount Pleasant”). Click here for a link to the article by Elizabeth Bush.
The Moultrie News featured USL in an article on June 13, 2007 ("Head of new private school is 'man on a mission'"). Click here for a pdf version of Bill Walker's story about USL.
The Post and Courier featured an article about USL on April 19, 2007 ("Founder plans to open school this fall" by Diette Courrégé).
The Moultrie News included a piece about University School on April 25, 2007 ("New Mount Pleasant private school to open in 2007-2008").