Hello and thank you for visiting our school website. Through your visit, you likely hope to learn more about our school. In a nutshell, the combination of our small class sizes and the high caliber of our program allows us to provide a customized education to each of our students.
In order to provide that customized education, our program covers an inclusive spectrum. It includes the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, the gold standard in curriculum on an international level. It also includes our partnership with Exceptional SC, an organization providing financial assistance to families with students with learning differences. We serve such students through the combination of our teachers and outside help provided by parents.
While academic rigor is critical, character is more so. Accordingly, we seek to build strong character in our students from the Lower School through the Upper School. In the Lower School, character development is deliberate and led by our teachers. In the Middle and Upper School, a nine-week course is offered in character development using the book, Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven. Additionally, students operate the Honor Council and take a lead role in creating “an atmosphere of trust, honesty, and integrity.” We do not have doors or locks on our lockers because of our honor code: “A student does not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do.”
Our mission statement also describes our students as “global citizens,” and our status as an IB World School likewise promotes an international perspective. In practical terms, our sister school in France is St. Denis International School. Strategic Plan 2020 calls for the establishment of a sister school in Latin America. With three schools in Qingdao, China we have signed memoranda of cooperation. Our modern language offerings include French and Spanish.
Studies consistently demonstrate that the quality of a school corresponds directly with the quality of its teachers. We take pride in the sharp members of our faculty who range from those with three decades of experience to young teachers just beginning their careers. In our recruiting, we rely upon the Southern Teachers Agency that does an effective job screening applicants such that only the best qualified are presented. We have hired many of them.
With the beach to our east, the river to our west, palmetto trees peppering the landscape, and smiling faces among our students and teachers, we feel that ours is the “Ideal Learning Environment.” Come visit in person. You are always welcome at Lowcountry Preparatory School.
Scott K. Gibson III
Head of School