Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Wil Lou Gray


Below are some common questions and answers concerning Wil Lou Gray. Click on the question to find out the answer. If you have additional questions that are not answered below, please feel free to contact the Admissions Office by email or by calling 803.896.6480.



  • How many times can a student take the GED?

    While enrolled at the Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School, a student is allowed to take the GED once per session. If needed, a student may be allowed to return the next session and retake the exam.

  • If a parent/guardian has a question, can they contact a particular teacher?

    Parents/Guardians are encouraged to stay informed of student progress. All e-mail addresses are available on the Contacts page.

  • How long does the application process take?

    The application process time varies. Once all the completed paperwork is received and an applicant is interviewed, it often takes no longer than 2 weeks for the Admissions Committee to make a decision.

  • Can a parent/guardian sit in on a class during the day and observe?

    To avoid potential distraction and better serve students, no one is allowed to sit in on classes.

  • If a student does not pass the GED, will he/she still graduate from the Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School?

    Select students are invited to return to complete their GED, however, an awards ceremony is held at the end of each trimester to honor student achievement.

  • How does a student obtain a copy of his/her GED?

    Tests are scored electronically with same day results given to each student. A copy of your GED may be obtained by calling the State Department of Education at 803.734.8347.

  • How do I request my educational records from Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School?

    Contact the Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School's Academic Specialist. Contact the Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School's Academic Specialist at 803.896.6466.


  • What kind of medical care will students receive while attending WLGOS?

    The Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School has an exceptional on-site medical facility that provides best quality "holistic care" to all of our students. The facility is staffed with a Health Director, two nurses, a medical assistant and a School Social Worker. The medical staff is under the full direction of a licensed physician. The unit is staffed 7 days a week, and a Registered Nurse is on call at all times. All medications, treatments and procedures are provided through the medical staff. General counseling, anger management and alcohol and drug concerns are referred to the school social worker. This department works to promote the mental and physical wellness of each individual while the students reside with us on campus.

  • Will a child be provided medication while attending school?

    Yes, under the supervision of our physician.

  • When are parents/guardians allowed to visit the campus?

    We encourage parents/guardians to communicate by mail. The students earn phone privileges only after the first two weeks of enrolling at the school. Parents/Guardians are welcome to phone staff at any time.

  • How does a parent/guardian add money to the student's school bank account?

    Money may be added to a student's account by sending a money order to the student bank.

  • What happens during severe weather?

    Unless parents/guardians are notified otherwise, during severe weather, proper precautions will be taken to coincide with weather conditions and students will remain on campus.

  • Who is the campus official to contact when a parent/guardian is unable to pick-up a child during a holiday or weekend pass?

    NOT AN OPTION! Parents/Guardians must pick up students on mandatory pass dates (refer to Academic Calendar).

  • If a prospective applicant is not yet 16, what does a parent/guardian do?

    Parents/Guardians may contact the local school district or search the internet for other alternative schools.

  • How much does the program cost? What funds will parents/guardians need to provide and who maintains the money for the student?

    Room and board, tuition, and books are provided at no cost. Parents/Guardians are responsible for a small deposit on registration day that is maintained by our finance department. Other incidental expenses are the responsibility of the parents/guardians.

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