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

LOTC Reflection: 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

By Sarah Vega | November 1, 2017

At University School of the Lowcountry, it is our firm belief that allowing our students to explore various faiths and their traditions affords them the opportunity to learn from and better understand people who may be very different from themselves. One way that we encourage … Read more

LOTC Student Reflection: Challenge Island

By Sarah Vega | October 14, 2017

Each week our students participate in Learning Outside the Classroom, a hallmark of the University School approach to learning. Students participate in 30+ field trips a year to experience everything from an artistic performance to touring a landfill, and visiting a religious place of worship to … Read more

LOTC Reflections: Mayoral Candidate Forum

By Sarah Vega | October 13, 2017

Each week our students participate in Learning Outside the Classroom, a hallmark of the University School approach to learning. Students participate in 30+ field trips a year to experience everything from an artistic performance to touring a landfill, and visiting a religious place of worship to … Read more

LOTC Reflections: Mayhem Poets

By Sarah Vega | October 3, 2017

Each week our students participate in Learning Outside the Classroom, a hallmark of the University School approach to learning. Students participate in 30+ field trips a year to experience everything from an artistic performance to touring a landfill, and visiting a religious place of worship to … Read more

LOTC Student Reflections: Shem Creek

By Sarah Vega | September 30, 2017

Each week our students participate in Learning Outside the Classroom, a hallmark of the University School approach to learning. Students participate in 30+ field trips a year to experience everything from an artistic performance to touring a landfill, and visiting a religious place of worship to … Read more

Community Service: Unloading Pumpkins at Hibben

By Sarah Vega | September 28, 2017

Community service is an integral part of a University School education. Throughout the year, we offer opportunities for our students, faculty & staff, parents, and alumni families, to make a difference by giving their time and energy to important projects in the Lowcountry. We are … Read more

LOTC Student Reflection: The Center for Birds of Prey

By Sarah Vega | September 23, 2017

Each week our students participate in Learning Outside the Classroom, a hallmark of the University School approach to learning. Students participate in 30+ field trips a year to experience everything from an artistic performance to touring a landfill, and visiting a religious place of worship to … Read more

LOTC Student Reflections: IS Barrier Island Trip

By Sarah Vega | September 23, 2017

Each week our students participate in Learning Outside the Classroom, a hallmark of the University School approach to learning. In addition to 30+ day-long field trips a year, each division also goes on a multi-day trip to explore the world further. Our IS students embarked on … Read more

LOTC Reflections: Hurricane Irma Clean Up

By Sarah Vega | September 14, 2017

Each week our students participate in Learning Outside the Classroom, a hallmark of the University School approach to learning. Students participate in 30+ field trips a year to experience everything from an artistic performance to touring a landfill, and visiting a religious place of worship to … Read more

LOTC Reflections: Cookie Baking and Delivery

By Sarah Vega | September 13, 2017

Each week our students participate in Learning Outside the Classroom, a hallmark of the University School approach to learning. Students participate in 30+ field trips a year to experience everything from an artistic performance to touring a landfill, and visiting a religious place of worship to … Read more