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.

Learning Outside the Classroom at CofC

LOTC Reflections


LOTC Reflection: Spartina Grass – Seeds to Shoreline

By Jenny Hirsch | May 31, 2019

“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”

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LOTC Reflection: Fort Jackson Army Graduation

By Jenny Hirsch | May 17, 2019

“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


LOTC Reflection: MUSC Health Symposium

By Jenny Hirsch | May 15, 2019

” 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


LOTC Reflection: Vanderbilt University

By Jenny Hirsch | April 26, 2019

“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

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LOTC Reflection: Sweetwater Valley Farm

By Jenny Hirsch | April 25, 2019

“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

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LOTC Reflection: The Lost Sea Adventure

By Jenny Hirsch | April 25, 2019

“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

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LOTC Reflection: Davidson College

By Jenny Hirsch | April 25, 2019

“Davidson had such a beautiful campus. I really enjoyed how everyone was so connected on the campus, and seeing our alumna Anne.” Shared by Emma B. – Grade 8 “Davidson is a small liberal arts school which we were fortunate to tour with a guide. … Read more


LOTC Reflection: The Parthenon

By Jenny Hirsch | April 25, 2019

“I liked visiting the Parthenon, because it reminded me of being in Greece. I enjoyed touring it with Charlotte.” Shared by Emma B. – 8th Grade “I enjoyed all the sculpting on the Parthenon, but I was sad it was closed. It felt like a … Read more

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LOTC Reflection: Ocean Way

By Jenny Hirsch | April 25, 2019

“Ocean Way Studio was a high tech studio. They recorded some of my favorite bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Foo Fighters. They even had Weezer coming in the next week. It was interesting that they could record orchestras because they used the large church next … Read more

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LOTC Reflection: The Hindu Temple

By Jenny Hirsch | April 25, 2019

“Sri Ganesha was very insightful to me. My favorite thing was seeing the ceremony of Ganesh getting a milk bath. Our guide explained everything very clearly, I learned that they believe god is a bodiless force.” Shared by Riley W. – 6th Grade “The Hindu … Read more