University School is an invigorating and caring environment for learning that was designed for high-achieving students who are kind, hardworking, curious, and smart. They are inspired and led by a dynamic, passionate, and empowered faculty. Offering grades 3-12 and serving approximately 80 students, University School seeks to develop self-confident, passionate, and empathetic learners who will make a positive difference in the world.
University School does not feature any learning interventions and offers a few standard accommodations. Our comprehensive admissions process is used to enable the family and USL to determine if there is a good fit and if University School has the appropriate resources to attend to the needs of the student.
University School provides a learning environment like none other in the Lowcountry, combining rigorous academics with an intensive focus on experiential learning. Our customized, hands-on approach to learning fosters excellence in our students. We know that experiencing the world beyond our classroom walls creates students who are better prepared to be thoughtful, engaged citizens in the future.
Through our hallmark Learning Outside the Classroom (LOTC) program, we make the Lowcountry our classroom. Students spend one day per week away from campus having experiences that challenge and inspire them. This entails over 30 field trips per year.
As a small independent school, we have the flexibility to explore a variety of topics, participate in one-of-a-kind experiences, and engage in thought-provoking activities.
Here are some of the activities and areas of exploration that set us apart:
Service to the Community
University School has participated in the Trident United Way's Day of Caring since 2009, and typically contributes over 500 hours of service at 10-12 nonprofits and public schools across the Tricounty area. USL students also participate in random acts of service throughout the year-car washes, hosting visitors for our shows and speakers, cleaning up our campus, and much more.
University School regularly hosts cultural performance groups and shares these events with the greater community. Several of our Learning Outside the Classroom experiences are also arts-focused, giving students the chance to experience everything from live theatre to instrumental performances to art museums. We also encourage you to learn more about the art classes that are part of our curriculum.
Citizenship & Government
In order to be better informed citizens of our community and the world, University School students are very involved in annual election cycles. We interact with candidates, research different political parties, and explore issues of governance and civics. USL students also conduct exit polls across the Lowcountry and then make informed predictions based on their results. Click here to read more about Exit Polling and results from previous years!
In order to prepare to be better informed citizens of the community and the world, University School students learn first hand about faiths by going to 2-3 houses of worship each year to explore and talk to adherents of that religion.
Engagement with Military and Service Members
Throughout each school year, University School honors the sacrifices of American service members. Young people learn best by seeing and doing, and to develop experienced, empathetic, and active citizens and leaders we explore current military bases and significant historic sites so students can interact with armed forces members, let them know they care, and discover for themselves. These are critical learning experiences for all of our students, and all young people should take part in opportunities like these.