University School of the Lowcountry

Tel: (843)884-0902
Grades: 3 - 12 | 67 students
University School is an independent, co-educational, non-sectarian school that offers a challenging and individualized curriculum.
It fosters high academic achievement and emphasizes balanced growth - intellectually, physically, emotionally, ethically, and socially - for every student.
Within a highly supportive community, University School is committed to maintaining a caring and creative environment that encourages children to love learning, take intellectual risks, self-advocate, treat others with respect and empathy, and aspire to make a positive difference in the greater community and world.

School Overview

School Type School with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc. Association for Experiential Education (AEE)
The South Carolina Independent School Association
Other associations(s) for exceptional children
State or regional independent school association
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades 3 - 12
Year Founded 2007

Student Body

Total Students 67 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 10%
State avg.: 14%
Students by Grade University School of the Lowcountry Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 15 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 60%
Average Class Size 10 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(Logo-embroidered collared shirt and khaki/navy bottoms)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 31 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $10,400
Tuition Notes The costs of Learning Outside the Classroom experiences are included in tuition, and the historical data for tuition and fees can be found on our website.
% on Financial Aid 25%
Acceptance Rate 60%
National avg.: 85%

School Notes:

    • Grades 3-12.
    • USL is geared to high-achieving students of above-average ability.
    • Many aspects of a student's course of study are individualized based on a student's interests and abilities.
    • Each student studies Mandarin, Spanish and Latin.
    • USL is a laptop school. Each teacher and student is provided a wireless notebook computer for use at University School (1 to 1 ratio).
    • 85% acceptance rate to Academic Magnet High School (for the four graduating classes from 2008-2013, three times all applicants from a class were accepted -- 2009, 2010, 2012).
    • 7th grade state-level recognition, scoring better than 50% of juniors & seniors, on Duke TIP SAT every year (over 40% of our participants since our founding).
    • A key aspect of USL is the heavy involvement of teenage and young adult mentors in the lives of our students. We have a mentor from every major high school option for our students, and the mentors are regularly involved in our students' lives at school and at evening and weekend school-sponsored activities. Our students also mentor Hibben Preschool students.
    • USL features "Learning Outside of the Classroom." Regular interaction with and service to the community are hallmarks of our program. The Lowcountry is our classroom, and students spend one day per week "learning by doing" through experiences that challenge and inspire them. This entails over 30 field trips per year.
    • Inquiry-based, hands-on curriculum features multiple teaching styles and multiple forms of assessment.
    • Although many intermediate/middle schools provide an option to earn credit in Algebra and/or a Global Language, University School provides opportunities to advance and to earn high school credit in Algebra, Algebra II, and Geometry. Similar opportunities are available in Global Languages.  The average USL student completes 8th grade with 5 high school credits.

    Profile last updated: 02/17/2014

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Coastal Christian Preparatory School (0.6 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is St. Andrews Episcopal Day School (0.3 miles away)
The nearest preschool is St. Andrews Episcopal Day School (0.3 miles away)
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