Advisory groups are designed to help students build relationships with each other, mentor and be mentored, become better University School students and leaders, and a multitude of other useful things. Each group of students will meet together periodically, and members of each advisory will act to help all of the other members with any school issues that may arise.
The core unit is a diverse group of 2-4 students in grades 3-7 led by an 8th grader.
Upper School students are assigned to faculty members, and they help oversee the 1-2 advisory groups in that teacher's group. Along with the faculty member, they check in with younger students and are responsible to help 8th graders learn and grow in their skills overseeing their group.
Faculty can also be expected to call upon members of an advisory group to assist another member with matters relating to school and beyond.
To foster the development of relationships across USL, new advisory groups are formed each year in September.
Statements are overseen by our bookkeeper, Jennifer Boyle.
Your statement may be updated monthly with incidental charges, such as Extended Day or replacement book fees. Afterward, those with a balance due will receive an email statement.
Payment may be made securely online through our payment portal with Diamond Mind. There is a fee for using a credit card. See the bottom of your account statement for more information on credit card fees. You may also pay by cash or check. Payments mailed should be sent to the school address at the bottom of this page to the business office's attention. We cannot process credit cards at USL.
Please note the due dates for the tuition payment plan that you chose on your enrollment contract.
Late fees on past due balances are assessed monthly.
See the Tuition and Financial Aid page of our website for additional information.
For questions regarding your account, please contact Jennifer Boyle.
The school provides all textbooks and other reading materials.
Students will want a bag that can accommodate their materials.
Each division will provide a school supply list for their respective grades in late-July each year.
IS students will use a USL Chromebook while on campus. MS and US students can use an assigned laptop or bring their own for use on campus. Whether they use a USL or personal computer, students must abide by University School's policies for acceptable use of technology.
2021-2022 Calendar (Key Dates)
Looking Ahead -- download the 2022-2023 USL Major Dates Calendar for details on important academic dates, USL community events, and school breaks/holidays.
September 2021 calendar
October 2021 calendar
November 2021 calendar
December 2021 calendar
January 2022 calendar
February 2022 calendar
March 2022 calendar
Download the 2021-2022 USL Major Dates Calendar for details on important academic dates, USL community events, and school breaks/holidays.
During school hours, parents and guests must access the campus by pressing the button by the double doors under the awning and get visually identified and buzzed in.
Student Drop off and Pick Up – The flow of cars at drop-off and pick-up is the same. Parents should drive in from the entrance off of Coleman Blvd. and keep their passenger side door closest to the Education Building.
At drop-off (7:20-7:40 AM), Students will head inside, unpack, and assist with jobs to ready the campus. At 7:40, the orange cones are pulled back into the building, and all students arriving after this time should head directly to the gym for Morning Meeting.
During the day, please note that the covered walkway between the Education Building and the Gym will be blocked with cones.
At pick-up, a USL staff member will motion for cars to pull up and park under the awning, and they will use a walkie-talk to communicate to the teachers inside to send out the student when their car pulls up. Students will walk to their respective car. The line at pick-up is longer, so cars should loop around the traffic circle. This means go straight after pulling in from Coleman Blvd., and this helps keep us from potentially blocking Coleman Blvd. Please do not turn right after entering from Coleman Blvd. because this blocks that exit point and is unfair to families waiting to pick-up who are already in line.
The IS dismisses at 2:55, and students can be picked up then. IS students waiting for the MS/US dismissal will be supervised until that time. The MS/US dismisses at 3:10. At 3:20, all students remaining will proceed to Extended Day.
* Please do not drive against the line because space is limited and it is unsafe.
** Please share this information with anyone who picks up your child.
*** Looking for help with carpooling? Please contact Judy Hubbard.
Cell Phones and Smart Devices Policy
- USL embraces the positive aspects of technology and also cautions about the effect it can have on young people. Because of this, we have a different cell phone/smart devices policy for each division.
- Communicating with your child at University School is easy. One can just call the school or email Mrs. Hubbard in the office if you need to get a message to your child, and your child can call you from the office. Therefore, it is strongly encouraged for students, if they have one, to leave their cell phones/smart devices at home, with their parents, etc.
- If a parent wishes for their child to bring a cell phone/smart device to school, here are the guidelines:
Intermediate School - students will place their smart devices in the designated location upon arriving and will pick it up at the end of the day.
Middle & Upper School - students will place their smart devices in the designated spot in the Office and will pick it up at the end of the day.
* For overnight trips, US students with smart devices can bring them.
* There may be a time that 12th graders can have their cell phones and use them during the day in a conscientious and responsible fashion.
* If a student must text a parent because their parent is unavailable by phone, then the student should ask permission, get their phone, and send the text while in the office.
Acceptable Use Statement
Students are asked to sign the following agreement:
University School of the Lowcountry (USL) embraces technology as one vital means to a comprehensive education. Students are encouraged to use school computers for any legitimate academic inquiry. Though faculty and staff members are always available to guide projects and enable research, it is understood that much of this work will be conducted independently.
I recognize, therefore, that as a responsible member of the University School community, I must observe at all times the principles of honor, civility, and fair play that govern school life. When I log on to a computer at University School, I am signing my good name, promising with this declaration that I will not abuse the system nor that special trust University School USL places in me.
Acceptable Use Policy
The USL network and computers are intended for educational and administrative purposes. The use of these is a privilege that comes with certain responsibilities. In order to use computers and technology at USL, you must agree to abide by the Acceptable Use Statement, the following rules, the spirit of this document, and the honor, civility, and behavioral standards that are expected of you. These statements apply to all USL computers regardless of their location and to personal computers used at University School.
Overall Philosophy for the use of computers and technology: L.A.R.K.
For example, if you are wondering whether you should do something on a computer, online, etc., then you should ask is your action legal, acceptable, responsible, and kind. If the answer is "no," then do not do it.
Lower School and Middle School student schedules will be distributed during the Orientation days that open each school year in August.
All Upper School students will schedule a meeting in the Spring with Sara Peck, Upper School Director, to discuss and plan their schedule for the upcoming year.
During the school year, there is a weekly USL e-mail ("Week In Preview") that is sent on Sundays/Mondays that includes detailed info on the upcoming week and updates on future events.
Additionally, the following newsletters are sent monthly:
(1) All School E-News - sent during the school year and includes announcements about upcoming events and reviews recent USL activities.
(2) Divisional Newsletter - sent electronically
The yearly Academic Calendar is posted on our website. Monthly calendars are shared by email and are posted on the L&L page of Moodle.
Weather-related closings are e-mailed and shared on our social media outlets and via local media outlets.
Throughout the year, we post stories, pictures and videos of some of the amazing things happening at USL through our social media channels:
The Parent Community
The Parent Committee is also also a great group to ask other parents questions and begin getting to know your University School family. The contact is Julia Rugg (julialrugg AT gmail.com).
Moodle is the site for our on-line courses, calendar, posted assignments, course web links, and uploaded documents for classes. Each student has his/her own username and password, and each year’s Moodle is archived for access. Some assignments, especially for L&L, are submitted exclusively on Moodle. For some projects, teachers will create a 'drop-box', letting students submit/save important documents onto the central server. If you are sick, you can look on Moodle for your assignments. The assignment capabilities of Moodle are designed for parents and absent students. We want USL students to organize and plan ahead for their school and personal lives, and they should be writing all of their assignments down in their planners (issued by USL) as they are announced.
Communicating with Faculty
Research shows that children do better in school when parents keep in contact with teachers and are involved in the school. There are a number of ways that parents and teachers can communicate with each other, rather than exclusively relying on scheduled conferences (there are scheduled days on the calendar for these on in the Fall and Spring, if needed, but they can be anytime). Close communications between parents and teachers can help the student.
Teachers welcome meeting their students' parents early in the school year. Making an effort to do this will help the teacher better understand you, your child, and how you will support the education of your child. Teachers appreciate knowing that parents are concerned and interested in their child's progress. And, this helps open the lines of communication.
The best method to reach teachers is by email. Faculty emails are available on the school’s website (click on their name on the “Faculty” page) and in the school directory. You should expect to hear back from a teacher within 24 hours of contacting them. If there is a concern or more complicated question, you should expect a phone call (and not email). Complicated and nuanced topics are always best handled in person or on the phone. Please do not text a teacher unless he/she specifically indicates that it is a way they prefer to be contacted.
Please be proactive. Teachers are expected to contact parents when a problem begins to surface and not wait. Parents should do the same based on what they see in their student at home.
Update - August 4, 2021
Update - July 18, 2021
As of July 2021, this is our policy for masks for the upcoming school year:
Fully vaccinated members of our community, students and teachers, can go without a mask indoors. All other members of our community, students and teachers, must wear a mask inside.
This is subject to change as the situation with the pandemic and variants continues to evolve.
Modeling what is possible during the pandemic and advocating for all of South Carolina's schools
We seek to advocate and role model for what is possible in schools. This includes advocating for making the use of long-term tents by schools during the pandemic. With the status of a return to normal uncertain, safe learning outside is a powerful third option between remote learning and having classes exclusively inside. It allows students and faculty to connect and work together in person. We have lobbied state and federal legislators about this issue and sought attention from the press to inform the public.
Read more about USL’s work to bring more students back to more schools safely:
Judy Hubbard will share a directory of teachers', students' and parents' names, addresses, home telephone numbers and e-mail addresses in the opening weeks of the new school year. She'll send out an updated version midyear.
An updated version can always be found on the "Family and Community Resources" page on Moodle.
Contact information for members of the USL community is to be used solely for the communication of school-related or school community purposes.
The School maintains a “swap” collection of uniforms. Students can turn in items that no longer fit and/or acquire clean but previously worn attire. Contact Judy Hubbard to schedule a time to "shop."
- US students will wear their key card and USL magnetic name tag every day. Students can dress as students in college, but the attire should be nice and suitable for daily PE. For LOTCs or other special days, US students will wear formal or traditional LOTC attire (described below).
Intermediate & Middle School General Guidelines:
- Bottoms - Students will wear khaki or navy shorts/skirts/skorts or pants. All skirts should be just above the knee or longer. Denim is not acceptable.
- Tops - Students will wear collared shirts (oxford or polo style) in solid colors with the University School logo. Cardigan, v-neck, and crew neck sweaters are permitted as long as the school logo is visible.
- Footwear - Because of the active nature of our days, students must wear shoes in which one can exercise. Athletic shoes (crosstraining/tennis/running etc.) that are appropriate for PE and for outdoor wear are required.
Outerwear such as sweaters and sweatshirts worn over collared shirts are allowed only with no team names, slogans, logos, or messages other than those of University School. Only small breast-pocket logos are acceptable on outerwear. Here are the details about each form of outerwear:
(a) Jackets: Dark navy, no hood, full-zipper preferred, fleece (not sweatshirt material), can be found at Land’s End but not required to be from there, with USL logo.
(b) Coats: Dark navy is the recommended color for all outerwear. Heavy coats do not need a USL logo.
(c) Rainwear: Dark navy, poncho or coat, no USL logo required, umbrellas are not permitted on LOTCs.
For “Learning Outside the Classroom” days:
- For Formal LOTC days, students should be dressed in khaki bottoms and white USL-embroidered collared shirts. For Traditional LOTC days, students should be dressed in khaki bottoms and white USL t-shirts. Students may wear USL-embroidered hats only. Outerwear must be dark navy with the USL logo.
- Tops - Shirts can be untucked if the tail is not long
- Belts - Belts should be worn if there are loops
- Undershirts - If wearing an undershirt, it must be white and must remain tucked in at all times
- Leggings and Tights – Students may wear black, navy, or white solid color tights. Navy leggings are acceptable but the student must wear a shirt or top that reaches at least to their fingertips. Knee socks of a solid color may be worn, but patterns and stripes are not permitted. Natural color hose are also okay.
There are two options for embroidering. Students can purchase them at Lands' End School (embroidery is an additional charge) or bring their own shirts to be embroidered at the embroidery store:
(1) Lands' End School: School code is 9001-3154-1
(2) Wear it Out (Phone: 843-388-4093)
1125 Bowman Road, Suite 101 - Mt. Pleasant 29464
To email any faculty/staff member, use the following format: first initial of the first name last name spelled out @uslowcountry.org. For example, Jason Kreutner is email@example.com.
Students are taught and expected to use proper etiquette in writing to their teachers. This includes addressing by name at the top, including a salutation ("Greetings!" or "How are you?" , etc.) and a proper sign-off ("Sincerely" or "Your student" , etc.).
In order to meet the needs of our families, we offer an after-school option for our students. In a supervised environment, Extended Day provides a time for children to complete homework, relax, learn/read independently, and play games. Extended Day will operate on normal school days only -- not holidays, etc.
The Extended Day program starts at 3:20 PM and ends at 5:30 PM. Students may enroll in Extended Day on a drop-in basis or on a regular weekly schedule. Any student remaining after pick up at 3:20 is automatically placed in Extended Day. When picking up, parents must sign out their child. Fees will be billed monthly according to the sign out time for the days the student was in Extended Day. Parents should send a written note or email Judy Hubbard (firstname.lastname@example.org) in advance of drop-in stays.
Click here for the Extended Day Information and Registration Form.
Yearly Health/Medical Requirements For Your Student
Medical authorization to treat students
An updated medical form must be completed and submitted each school year. Please re-submit a Medical Authorization Form to University School whenever there are any additions or changes of information for your student(s).
When sick children should stay home
Is your child well enough to go to school today? South Carolina state law prohibits children with some infectious and communicable diseases from attending school (and some require a clearance note to be submitted to school upon return). For more information, please examine this brochure, updated for 2021-2022 that also addresses COVID-19, “Staying Home From School When Your Child Is Sick,” from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). See their website for more info.
State law also mandates specific immunizations for children at certain ages, and there are new updated requirements for 2021-2022 (overview flyer). Please check with your child's physician to make sure they are up to date and submit a copy of the current immunization record to USL:
- 7th grade has been added to the requirement for (2) doses of varicella. A child with a positive history of the disease is considered immune and is exempt from this requirement.
- 9th grade has been added to the requirement for three (3) doses of oral and/or inactivated polio vaccine with at least one (1) dose received on or after the fourth birthday.
Copies of current immunization records must be kept for each student enrolled at the school. SC DHEC administers the immunization program statewide in both public and private schools. If you have any questions, please contact the DHEC Division of Immunizations at 800-277-4687 or email@example.com.
Prescription and Non-Prescription Medication Administration Request
If your child needs medication administration at school, please fully read and complete the appropriate form(s) and submit them to USL:
LOTCs are Learning Outside the Classroom activities. They take place once a week – usually Wednesday. They can vary in the type of activity, and some are all-school and others are just for a division (IS or MS or US). Sometimes we will switch LOTC days from Wednesday to another day because of our calendar or at the request of the place we are going. The School also has separate multi-day overnight trips each year for each division.
Preparation for LOTCs
1) In August and January, students take part in personal safety skills classes with instructors from Charleston Krav Maga.
2) In August, Faculty/Staff and Middle and Upper School students complete Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid training. Refresher classes are taken each January.
* There are traditional LOTCs: cookie baking and delivering in the beginning of the year, Day of Caring service projects in November, Election Day exit polling in November, Southeastern Wildlife Expo in February, Spring Service Day in April/May, and others.
* The Science theme for the year also influences the experiences. There is a 3-year cycle of air, earth, and water, and 2021-2022 is earth.
* Students must complete the LOTC prep assignments on the Leadership & Life Skills page of Moodle in advance of the LOTC. There may be articles to read, websites to review, videos to watch, and tasks to complete before the LOTC. These are posted far in advance, and there is no reminder to do them. Students should write the assignments posted on Moodle into their planner.
* The regular LOTC faculty are Jason Kreutner, Monica Doubal, Bennett Jones, Maya Rawls, Jenny Hirsch, and Randy Straff. For some LOTCs (exit polling, Day of Caring, SEWE, and Spring Service Day), the whole faculty takes part.
* During LOTCs, a faculty/staff member remains at University School. If a student is sick, unprepared, needs to spend time on academic work, etc., then they may remain at USL under their supervision.
* Many LOTCs have flexibility in numbers of people attending. For these, faculty are welcome to join. Parents interested in a specific field trip should contact Jason Kreutner.
* LOTCs that definitely need lots of parents to chaperone are Election Day exit polling, Day of Caring (Friday in November), Southeastern Wildlife Expo (Friday in February). Please let Judy Hubbard know if you are able to help with any of these.
* Be prepared for the weather and the activity (dressing appropriately and bringing the necessary items).
* Outerwear - USL sweatshirt, embroidered navy jacket, or fleece (without hoodie).
* LOTCs give students and opportunity to practice and improve their civility, small talk, question asking and listening, etc.
* Different groupings and pairings of students are made for each LOTC. Students may email a request for a specific partner in advance, and a reason must be included ("I have not spent time with Bob since Orientation, etc.").
* No bringing electronics or books without permission because car/bus rides are conversation and relationship-building times
* When packing food, bring snacks and a lunch that are easily portable. Eating times will likely vary from what you are used to when we are on campus, and you need to be flexible and eat when the schedule permits. We follow the "pack in, pack out" principle, so all of your trash should go back into your carrying container.
* It is wise to go to the bathroom before we leave University School. The tempo of some experiences is fast, and we need to begin the LOTC right away.
* Bring your reporter’s notebook and a writing utensil.
* SLANT: Sit Up, Lean In, Ask Questions, Nod at the Speaker, and Track the Speaker with your Eyes
* Always have a partner when traveling away from the main group. Just as on campus, students must always travel in pairs to go to the bathroom, etc. Always ask a teacher first.
* The School will bring travel med bags and the AED on LOTCs. Because some students have specific medicines for them, these will be placed in the med bags for their teacher group for that day.
Snack and Lunch
When packing food, bring snacks and a lunch that will not need to be heated.
Here are some other items to remember for food:
A) Please check with the School before bringing in food for special occasions (like birthdays). These should be done on LOTC days to avoid disrupting traditional school days, etc. Celebrating birthdays and other special occasions beyond cupcakes and special treats should be done outside school (for example, bringing balloons, etc.). Questions, please check with Jason Kreutner.
B) If your child has special dietary needs, please let us know – including acceptable treat substitutes. For example, some of our students cannot eat cupcakes, etc. that are brought in for birthdays. However, the School will purchase and maintain a supply of treats for these students when special food is brought to school. Please just tell us, and we’ll purchase them for your child.
C) For profound food allergies, please be sure to include on your student’s medical form and communicate this directly with Judy Hubbard, Tiffany Thompson, and Jen Payes. If needed, adjustments will be made to account for this and keep the student safe.
D) Many teachers in the MS and US will allow students some time to have a snack at the start of class. Because of the carpets, students will need to be mindful of this when choosing the drinks and snacks they will bring to school (for example, foods like Cheetos and sugary drinks should be avoided).
E) USL works with an optional food delivery program called Food for Thought Children and faculty/staff may take part. Deliveries start in late-August each year, so please feel free to explore their site, etc. to learn more (and a description is below).
"FFT is a school lunch program geared towards parents of children in school who are looking for fresh, healthy and affordable lunch choices for their kids. The focus is on fresh, local and organic meals, conscious of allergens and dietary needs. Food for Thought, a subsidiary of Dish & Design Catering, is located in Mt Pleasant. Parents now have the option of ordering a fresh and made-to-order meal that also caters to the special needs of children with allergies. With a 24 hour minimum notice policy, Food for Thought provides ease and convenience for busy parents on the run. The large `a la carte menu offers lots of variety and allows parents to build a lunch desirable to their children's taste and/or needs. There is no minimum order requirement, and lunches are delivered free of charge to the school cafeteria or designated area. All the lunches are organized by classroom for ease of distribution. Each lunch box is labeled with the name of the school, student's name, teacher’s name and contents of the order. There is a three checkpoint process to make sure that no lunch is left behind and guarantees every child will receive their lunch box. With an easy to use website, parents can go online and order as they prefer, whether it's month to month, week to week or 24 hours before the lunch is due. Payments are made online and charge to a credit card. Parents may pay for their order one of two ways: either by paying lunch to lunch or by depositing money into a personal online account that they may draw from and replenish as needed."
Moodle is the site for our on-line home for all of our courses. Each student has their own username and password, and each year’s Moodle is archived for access. Some assignments, especially for L&L, are submitted exclusively on Moodle. For some projects, teachers will create a 'drop-box', letting students submit/save important documents onto the central server. If you are sick, you can look on Moodle for your assignments. The assignment capabilities of Moodle are designed primarily for parents and absent students. We want USL students to organize and plan ahead for their school and personal lives, and they should be writing all of their assignments down in their planners (issued by USL) as they are announced.
- The web link for Moodle is at the top of each page of our website.
- Prior year Moodles can be reached via link on the "Student & Family Resources" page on our website.
- Parents do not have separate accounts, so students should share their Moodle account info.
- Login info consists of two parts - a username and a password. Students log in with their first initial and last name together (for example, jkreutner) as their username. Students control their password. If they forget it, they must ask Mr. Kreutner to reset it to password, and then when they are signed in they will be prompted to create a new password.
- All elements of Moodle are archived.
- As noted above, students should not rely on it exclusively as the source of their assignments: they should be using their planner in class. They should check the L&L Moodle page each day. L&L is conducted exclusively on-line, and assignments are only posted there (and should be transferred into their planner). For example, there will be always be "prep" located here for students to complete before guest speakers, LOTCs, etc. These items form great conversation starting points for parents to discuss a speaker or field trip with their child in advance and in comparison to the actual experience. Most IS students and some older students will need oversight by parents to build the habit of checking L&L on Moodle daily and completing this preparation, and a student consistently taking care of this work on their own is a hallmark sign of independence at University School.
- Students should learn from their prior submissions on Moodle. They cannot be misplaced, and students can grow and improve by examining what they have done earlier and any comments they have received.
Shortly after the new school year begins and students have settled into their schedules, parents will be invited to an evening presentation about the whole school and different aspects and activities. There will also be time for meeting the teachers and getting an overview of the divisional experience for their student(s).
To build upon the sense of family and community, there are several meaningful, rewarding and inclusive opportunities which celebrate and enrich the University School experience for all.
This is just a brief overview. Separate details about Committees are shared in the opening weeks of each school year.
Our parents/guardians/families have an array of talents and differing amounts of time to share it with University School, and we have several outlets to put your gifts to work to benefit our students and the USL community.
Annual Fund (Fall)
Parent Committee - socializing and support for Community Events and Open Houses
Mentor Nights (one Friday each month) – students
Mentor Nights (one Friday each month) – adult gathering
Children’s Day Festival (Sunday, October 17, 2021)
* The Parent Committee is also also a great group to ask other parents questions and begin getting to know your University School family. The contact is Julia Rugg (julialrugg AT gmail.com).
Faculty and students should park in the large paved lot (entrance off Coleman) or use the grass spaces adjacent to the Education Building along Vincent Drive. The parking spots in the immediate area around the Education Building are for daytime guests and parents dropping off/picking up for Hibben Preschool.
Students can arrive in the morning between 7:20-7:40 AM.
The school day begins for all students at 7:40, which marks the start of the all-school Morning Meeting.
Any student remaining after pick up at 3:20 is automatically placed in Extended Day.
The Intermediate School's hours are 7:40 AM - 2:55 PM.
The Middle/Upper School day runs from 7:40 AM - 3:10 PM.
The year is filled with special events, both during the school week and optional weekend community activities.
During the school year, pay attention to the weekly email announcements and monthly calendars for info about upcoming special events.
Student handbooks are distributed during the Orientation Days at the start of the school year.
USL hosts several activities in the summer to allow incoming students and interested families to spend time with members of the USL community (fellow students, faculty, teen and young adult mentors). These are also times for all members of USL to catch up and enjoy each other's company.
Faculty for some disciplines will share assignments to remain intellectually engaged over the summer.
Independent pleasure reading is an important way to stay academically active during the summer.