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.
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.
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
Jackie Berenyi shares: “This year a small group of USL students attended the ceremony on December 7, 2017 commemorating the 76th anniversary of the bombing at Pearl Harbor. I’ve attended this ceremony with the school three times now, and I feel that the ceremony and … Read more
Our Middle and Upper School students recently had an intimate encounter with Charlton Singleton, the Gaillard’s Artist in Residence, as they joined him and other musicians on stage in the Martha and John M. Rivers Performance Hall to learn about jazz. Noah Rucquoi, USL 6th … Read more
In an effort to introduce our students to Lowcountry history, we endeavor to visit at least one plantation every year. This year, we incorporated a trip to Hampton Plantation with a visit to The Rice Museum in Georgetown. Charlotte Adragna shares: “The school went to … Read more
Participating in Trident United Way’s Day of Caring is an annual USL tradition. This year we supported projects at 11 different sites, ranging from the International Primate Protection League to Fresh Future Farm, among others. In total, our faculty, students, parents, and alumni contributed over … Read more
Our MS/US Writing Teacher, Ms. Sara Peck, is one of the organizers for Charleston’s annual YALL Fest, a young adult literary festival that takes place in downtown Charleston each November. Our students were lucky enough to have an author and a publisher visit the school … Read more
At University School of the Lowcountry, all of our students study Spanish. Our IS students learn through immersion activities, while our MS and US students focus on more on grammar. As part of their studies, they also learn about various traditions in Spanish speaking countries, … Read more