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 2019-2020 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.
“This was an exciting Middle School LOTC. The Spartina is a critical part of the marsh ecosystem. It was a fun, hot day. I enjoyed learning more about where we live!” “Shared by Canter P. – 7th Grade”
“The drive was long and we had to begin at an early hour but it was an incredible experience! It was truly unbelievable watching all the troops run to see their families after training. Walking through the barracks was a strange experience to know that … Read more
” The MUSC Personal Health Symposium was extremely informative. The physicians helped educate us on what is healthy for our bodies. It was a nice reminder that we have each year on how to keep our bodies healthy. They informed us on the importance of sleep and the importance of regular consistent sleep. I learned … Read more
“Vanderbilt was amazing! The opportunities there were seemingly endless. I especially loved the Wond’ry, a combination of wonder and foundry, Vanderbilt’s Center of Creativity and Technology. The projects that students undertook were very inspiring.” Shared by Kit – 6th Grade “Vanderbilt was an extraordinary college … Read more
“I really enjoyed walking around Sweetwater Valley Farm. Even though it smelled bad, it was cool to see how cheese is made. I also enjoyed buying and trying different cheeses.” Shared by Julian Byrne – 7th Grade “At Sweetwater Valley Farm, we saw how cheese … Read more
“We enjoyed touring the largest underground lake in the United States on our Middle School trip. Our tour guides took us through the caverns telling us the rich history that surround it. The fish located in the lake were a huge hit with students.” Shared … Read more