Learning Outside the Classroom (LOTC)

Learning Outside the Classroom (LOTC) is a hallmark of the University School experience. We believe the Lowcountry is our classroom, and students in every grade spend one day per week away from campus having experiences that challenge and inspire them. This entails over 30 field trips per year to experience everything from live theatre to landfills and plantations to museums.

In addition, we welcome many guest speakers and performers to our campus throughout the year. We enjoy hearing from elected officials and candidates, as well as members of our community with unique stories to share, and the performances range from science-based action to dance. Download our 2018-2019 Cultural Events schedule!

Want to read more about how a year full of hands-on learning opportunities inspires our students? Visit our Year-in-Review page to see highlights from each academic year, or keep scrolling for links to LOTC Reflections written by our students.

Learning Outside the Classroom at CofC

LOTC Reflections

2018 Naturalization Ceremony

LOTC Reflection: 2018 Naturalization Ceremony

By Sarah Vega | November 1, 2018

The Naturalization Ceremony at the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site was very interesting. It was so cool to hear all the different countries the applicants were from. I heard: Romania, Colombia, Russia, Hong Kong, China, Philippines, and Germany, to name a few. There was somewhat … Read more


LOTC Reflection: Charles Pinckney NHS

By Sarah Vega | September 21, 2018

“The Special LOTC to the Naturalization Ceremony backfired a little bit, but we still had fun and enjoyed our time on the Charles Pinkney Plantation. Because of Hurricane Florence and a fallen tree, the ceremony had been postponed. We did not realize this until after … Read more

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LOTC Reflection: Drayton Hall

By Sarah Vega | September 20, 2018

“Our tour guides led us through three activities. The first was learning about the 10,000 British soldiers that camped there and what they did. The second activity was learning what it was like for the slaves. They mainly had four options: to run away, join … Read more

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LOTC Reflection: Jay Bender & Free Speech

By Sarah Vega | September 17, 2018

As part of our preparation for exit polling and to help us better understand our government, we invited Jay Bender to speak to our students. He is a professor at the University of South Carolina and serves as legal counsel to the South Carolina Press … Read more

League of Women Voters

LOTC Reflection: League of Women Voters & Shayna Howell

By Sarah Vega | September 6, 2018

The League of Women Voters has been in operation for almost 100 years. Shayna has been a member for 12 years. The LWV focuses on supporting citizens’ right to vote. They also educate voters. For example, 100% of states that didn’t ratify the Equal Rights … Read more

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LOTC Reflection: Melissa Couture

By Sarah Vega | August 31, 2018

As part of our preparation for exit polling, we host guest speakers from as many different political parties as possible. It is an incredible learning opportunity for our students to engage with these candidates and gain insights into our political system. “Melissa Couture is running … Read more

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LOTC Reflection: Krav Maga 2018

By Sarah Vega | August 29, 2018

Every year we work with Charleston Krav Maga to help our students learn personal safety skills. This is an important part of our preparation for Learning Outside the Classroom experiences, which take us off campus to varying location–from just down the street to across the … Read more

Katie Arrington

LOTC Reflection: Katie Arrington

By Sarah Vega | August 23, 2018

It was August 22nd. Turner and I were waiting outside for the arrival of Katie Arrington, one of the few females to serve in the S.C. State House of Representatives. She finally arrived and we led her back to the small chapel where she began … Read more

2017-2018 Highlights

2017-2018 Highlights

By Sarah Vega | June 1, 2018
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LOTC Reflections: Winter Faith Exploration

By Sarah Vega | December 21, 2017

Founder and Head of School, Jason Kreutner, shares: On the final school day before Winter Break, we always explore houses of worship.   Yesterday, we explored Mother Emanuel AME Church and benefitted from a compelling presentation and question and answer session with long-time member Willie Glee. … Read more