Wil Lou Gray

Welcome to Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School!

I want to take this opportunity to share information with you about our school. The mission of Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School is to provide at-risk students, ages 16 through 19, with the necessary skills to:

  Obtain a General Education Diploma (GED)

  Achieve personal goals

  Develop leadership qualities

  Become productive citizens

  Contribute to local communities

  Respect themselves and others

In more informal terms, Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School seeks to engage minds, develop character, and build relationships with our students on a daily basis. It is a place where everyone knows your name and where amazing teachers combine traditional and innovative approaches in very small classes. Because our school is relatively small overall, it is a land of opportunity for every student. We put students in leadership positions right away, and they enjoy success throughout their time at our school. While Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School is renowned for its structured academics, we value the importance of balancing academics with arts, athletics, community service, and leadership opportunities.

I encourage you to view our tour video on this page for a virtual tour of our campus.

Thank you for visiting us!

Pat G. Smith


Our History

In 1921 the late Dr. Wil Lou Gray founded a school that later became her namesake. Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School continues to be the state’s leader in providing alternative education. As an agency of state government, the school provides a wealth of academic and life skills training by SC state-certified teachers in modern classroom settings.

Dr. Gray adopted the motto “Why stop learning?” and dedicated her life to educating the undereducated.

Why Stop Learning?

Changing Lives. That’s what we do at the Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School. We specialize in helping at-risk young people move past the obstacles in their lives to achieve success. What do we mean by “at-risk”?  WLGOS serves students in South Carolina who are 16 through 19 years of age who are on a path toward:

truancy, or failing at their current school.

dropping out of school and not completing their education.

missing a college education or a successful career.

a negative lifestyle, because of bad choices in their everyday life.

Do you have or know someone who has a student who fits these descriptions?

If so, we are here to help! We help our students achieve their goals by placing them in an environment that is geared toward learning and applying new skills. We are a structured, residential, military-style environment that emphasizes both academic and life-skills education. 

Wil Lou Gray is a tuition-free school, however, students are required to maintain a spending account of $200 for medical costs, field trips, lost items, GED testing fee and miscellaneous items.

Since our students have many individual needs, we have a variety of programs to guide our student to success, including:

  Compensatory Education Pre-Vocational Training

  Pre-Employment Training Career Guidance and Job Placement

  Counseling  / Healthcare

  Life Skills / Self-Discipline

If you have any questions about how the Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School might help you, please don’t hesitate to contact us, or call us at 803.896.6480. Please note: WLGOS does not receive funding from public schools.


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