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

USL Students at MUSC for LOTC

LOTC Reflection: Annual MUSC Trip

By Sarah Vega | December 15, 2017

Every December we have an annual LOTC (Learning Outside the Classroom) experience at MUSC. With such a vast campus and variety of facilities, no two years are alike in the places we see and people we meet. This year we talked with a first-year medical … Read more

USL Students Celebrate Veterans

LOTC Reflection: Pearl Harbor Day Memorial Ceremony

By Sarah Vega | December 9, 2017

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

USL Jazz through the Ages

LOTC Reflection: Jazz Through the Ages at The Gaillard

By Sarah Vega | December 7, 2017

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

LOTC Reflection: The Rice Museum & Hampton Plantation

By Sarah Vega | November 18, 2017

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

LOTC Reflection: Trident United Way’s Day of Caring

By Sarah Vega | November 18, 2017

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

LOTC Reflection: YALL Fest

By Sarah Vega | November 12, 2017

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

2017 Exit Polling Recap

By Sarah Vega | November 8, 2017

“Democracy needs people to be in the habit of thinking about the merits of the other view, and it’s truly a habit. It’s a way of behaving. It’s not the kind of thing that you can just never do and then suddenly do with ease. … Read more

LOTC Reflection: Disney’s Coco

By Sarah Vega | November 8, 2017

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

LOTC Reflection: Othello at The Gaillard Center

By Sarah Vega | November 5, 2017

Exposing our students to the performing arts is one of our priorities for the LOTC (Learning Outside the Classroom) program. Each year we experience live theatre at places like The Gaillard Center, where we took our students to see Othello. Liv Ingle shares: “Overall, the … Read more

LOTC Reflection: Classics Day at College of Charleston

By Sarah Vega | November 4, 2017

At University School of the Lowcountry, our students study Latin as part of our Global Languages program. We provide them the opportunity to attend the annual Classics Day, hosted by College of Charleston. It gives them an opportunity to explore the Latin language in a … Read more