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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. We are proud to say that our academic program has been awarded the distinction of being a Palmetto Gold School for the 7th year, recognition that we have a first-class program.

Wil Lou Gray is a tuition free school, however, students are required to maintain a spending account of $175 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.

The Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, or disability in admission to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities. Inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies should be made to Scott Gaines, at 3300 West Campus Road, West Columbia, SC 29170 or call (803) 896-6566. For further information on federal non-discrimination regulations, including Title IX, contact the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at or call 1(800) 421-3481.