A Rich Tradition of Individualized Learning

Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School’s curriculum is purposefully designed to prepare each student for a General Education Development (GED) diploma. Classroom work is self-paced and designed to help you learn, even in areas where you may be struggling. Our teachers and counselors are professional educators, state-certified, and dedicated to unlocking the academic potential that you possess. Our award-winning JROTC program is designed to foster your self-confidence, leadership capabilities and team building skills.

Upon entrance to Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School, you will be given the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) and placed in academic and vocational classes based upon your interests and abilities.

If you would like more information about the GED program, visit the South Carolina Department of Education’s website on the General Education Development.

Pre - GED

The Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School requires that a student take and pass a pre-GED test. This test is given to determine whether a student is prepared to take the GED. The pre-test is a shorter version of the actual GED. It is given and scored by the educational staff of Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School. Four sections are tested: ELA (English, Language Arts), Mathematics, Social Studies and Science. The student must score at least 150 of 200 points in each section in order to take the GED test. A passing score in each area of the pre-GED still does not guarantee a total passing score for the GED.

The pre-GED test is computerized and is given on campus. It usually takes about 4 hours and the school has to purchase a voucher code for each student and each section, therefore $24 ($6 per section x 4 sections) will be taken from each student’s account to cover the cost.

The pre-GED is scheduled based upon a mixture of a student’s academic progress in the classroom, TABE Scores, ASVAB scores, and WorkKeys scores.

A student who passes the pre-GED test will then be allowed to take the GED test that is given by the South Carolina Department of Education at testing centers off campus. Students will be transported to sites over a 2-day period. The test covers the same 4 sections: ELA (English, Language Arts), Mathematics, Social Studies and Science as the pre-GED. Students must score at least 150 of 200 points in each section to pass the GED, however this time the total score is not considered. The tests are scored by a professional scoring center for the national GED.

The cost for the GED is $37.50 per section for a total fee of $150. Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School will pay half of the fee for each student. The balance, $75, will be paid from the student’s account.

Students who fail sections will be allowed to retake sections as spots become available at the testing sites. If a student does not successfully obtain a GED during their enrollment, we encourage them to continue with their education. We will provide information about alternative educational opportunities or recommend re-enrollment at Wil Lou Gray if they made appropriate academic and social progress.

Daily Class Schedule


Language Arts

Life Skills



Social Studies




Non-Denominational Church Service (Voluntary)







JROTC Drill Competitions (JROTC Color Guard)

Website Design



Fitness Room

Field Day

WorkKeys Program

Field Trips

Building Construction

Awards Ceremony

Environmental Club

Automotive Club

Job Shadowing


JROTC Banquet

Challenge Course

Participate in Area Parades

Rock Climbing Wall

Physical Education





Dedicated Educators and Staff

We know that learning is easier when you have excellent teachers. That’s why most of our educators have achieved an advanced degree in their field. Our teachers are passionate about the subjects they teach and bring this enthusiasm into their lessons.

I will be forever grateful to Wil Lou Gray. You provided more than an education to these young men and women. You become family … giving them a sense of belonging and acceptance. You take the time to teach them a way they can learn (because no one learns the same way)  You show them that they Can do it…”  

Christy E., Parent

Structured Curriculum

Students at our school are smart, thoughtful, and invested. Our teachers work hard to give our students an engaging environment in which to excel. Whether they’re part of a discussion-based history lesson or a student-led discussion in science, our students keep pushing to succeed!

“Made history there. One of the best decisions of my life was when I chose to attend this [Wil Lou Gray Opportunity] school….”

Thomas P., WLGOS 2000 CLASS

Exciting Extracurriculars

We offer a wide variety of extracurricular activities ranging from team sports to service-learning projects. We have options that cater to every student’s interest. Keep an eye open for sign-ups!

Wil Lou Gray changed my life. After graduating, I joined the US Army and am currently an infantry staff sergeant (10.5 years), married to my beautiful wife and have an amazing son. I’m a completely different person because of the school and the opportunities it gave me .”

Justin M., WLGOS 2007 Class

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