Preparing students for college and life beyond our campus is the goal of Wilson Hall, and at the heart of our school is its focus on the development of a student’s academic and intellectual capabilities to his or her potential.
The success of this goal has been based on maintaining a challenging curriculum and a professional faculty in a supportive, family-like atmosphere. But Wilson Hall is about much more than just academics. It is about teaching students to become well rounded individuals with a strong sense of ethics and morals. It is about character development. It is about encouraging students to become leaders and active members of the community. It is about an authentic, complete education.
Wilson Hall is a small school by design, giving teachers and students the opportunity to get to know one another on a more personal level. It is a safe haven where identification badges are not necessary. There are no security guards, no locks on the lockers. Like the neighborhood schools of days gone by, Wilson Hall is a campus to which students can walk or ride their bikes. It is a hub of activity where students and parents are welcomed long after the school day has ended. Wilson Hall is a place where religious expression is encouraged with daily devotions and prayer, and where patriotism is fostered with the daily Pledge of Allegiance. It is a place where good manners are expected, where students respect their teachers, and where students are self-disciplined. All of these make Wilson Hall a school like no other.
Mission & History
Wilson Hall is a school with a mission, and this mission is singular and simple: prepare students for success in college. In a positive environment rich in Judeo-Christian values, dedicated faculty members encourage students to develop a strong sense of ethics and values that are essential to being a productive citizen. Realizing that academics are not the only component to a quality education, community service, extracurricular activities and athletics are promoted to encourage the development of well-rounded and happy students. Wilson Hall does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in any of its policies, practices or procedures.
In 1964, a meeting was held of persons in the community interested in providing their children a superior education in an atmosphere of discipline, camaraderie, and a quest for achievement. By 1966 the by-laws for our school were adopted and Wilson Hall was named in memory of John Snowden Wilson, who was a member of the founding group. In the fall of 1967, Wilson Hall opened its doors to 86 students in grades 1-6 in a single building on land donated by the Dinkins family.
Wilson Hall now enrolls approximately 760 students in preschool through the twelfth grade on a campus with six buildings. Today, Wilson Hall is one of the largest and most successful independent schools in the state and is recognized as the premiere college preparatory institution in the region.
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Wilson Hall is an incredible school. Although we boast great test scores and winning athletic teams year in and year out, Wilson Hall is much more than just numbers and winning percentages. Wilson Hall claims a wonderful blend of students who excel in many different areas. It’s this unique blend of talents, brought to our school by the students and developed by our faculty, which makes Wilson Hall such a special place. Whether it’s the committee putting together the Winter Chill semi-formal or the middle and high school students decorating their Homecoming floats for the parade, our students enjoy the entire school experience. From dramatic productions to evening tailgating parties prior to football games, Wilson Hall students enjoy working and playing together and often remain friends throughout their entire lives.
Inside our hallways you will find a very challenging curriculum with eighteen Advanced Placement exams offered in eight separate academic areas. Because we understand the complexities of gaining college acceptance, the Wilson Hall academic program is more challenging than programs which subscribe to minimum standards.
Whether you enjoy music, computers, ceramics, or mathematics, you will have the opportunity to study in a program that will prepare you for college success.
Wilson Hall is located on a 16-acre campus in historic Sumter, South Carolina, and is within ten minutes of Shaw Air Force Base. Situated in the western suburbs of Sumter, the school is surrounded by well-established residential neighborhoods.
Beautifully landscaped with green spaces dotted with park benches and planters, gardens, and flowering shrubs and trees, Wilson Hall’s campus is one of the most attractive in the region. It is common to find students sitting at the tables under the shade of a large, old oak tree doing homework after school, or to see crowds of students enjoying their lunch on the manicured green, or even to spot a student quietly reading a book while sitting on a teak bench under a magnolia tree in the memorial garden. Students enjoy playing on the newly-equipped playgrounds that are shaded by large pine trees, as well as having class on the covered patio that opens into a garden with palmetto trees.
The attractive facilities provide a comfortable setting that is conducive to learning, and it is evident that the students and faculty take pride in their campus. On the campus are six brick buildings which include a technology center, libraries, athletic facilities and fitness center, fine and performing arts studios, science laboratories, academic classrooms, cafeteria, and a student center.
Mr. William Croft, Chairman
Mr. Jay Davis
Dr. Eddie Duffy
Mr. Charles Edens
Mr. Ronnie Hendrix
Mr. Buck James
Mr. Keller Kissam
Mrs. Michelle Logan-Owens
Mr. Milton Schwartz
Mrs. Jody Smith, Secretary
Mrs. Norma Stone
Mrs. Debby Williams, Vice Chairman
Frequently Asked Questions
How do Wilson Hall’s SAT scores compare to those of other schools in the area?
With an average SAT score of 1403 for the top 25% of the class and a top score of 1600 (1223 average for entire class) for the Class of 2017, Wilson Hall’s average scores are well above the local, state and national averages and are the highest in Sumter County. Every student is required to take the SAT at least twice.
How do Wilson Hall students perform on standardized tests?
Every student in grades 1-8 takes the Stanford Achievement Test, a nationally normed test, each spring. The following are the 2016 average national percentiles for Wilson Hall: language – 90th, math – 89th and reading – 87th. In interpreting these scores, Wilson Hall students scored in the top 10% in the nation, on average, in language, top 11% in math, and top 13% in reading.
What percentage of Wilson Hall graduates are accepted to college?
All of our graduates must be accepted to a four-year college or university to graduate, so the answer is 100%. In addition, 96% of the graduates from the Class of 2017 received a merit-based scholarship, with the 55 students garnering $3.7 million in scholarship offers.
What kind of colleges and universities grant acceptance to a Wilson Hall graduate?
The types of colleges that our alumni attend are as varied as the alumni themselves. Graduates attend Ivy League schools such as Harvard as well as other top-ranked universities such as Johns Hopkins, Duke, Emory, Stanford, West Point and Vanderbilt. While many graduates attend the fine public institutions in our state, such as Clemson and USC, they also attend leading out-of-state schools like Cal Poly, Southern California, Virginia, UNC-Chapel Hill, Virginia Tech, Florida and Georgia Tech.
Are Wilson Hall’s graduates prepared for college?
Judging by the success of our alumni, the answer is a resounding “yes” regardless of where they enroll. Approximately 75% of our graduates are named to the dean’s list while in college, and nearly half of all alumni earn post-graduate degrees.
Can Wilson Hall students receive college credit while still in school?
Yes, with our Advanced Placement program that gives students the opportunity to take a nationally standardized test to receive college credit. Wilson Hall offers 17 courses in which students may take the AP Exam, more than any school in the area. Nearly two-thirds of the Class of 2016 entered college with credit for one or more college courses, with some students starting with over 20 hours of college credit. Seventy-eight percent of Wilson Hall students passed at least one exam in 2016, well above the global passing rate of 60%. This shows that a Wilson Hall education is an investment with a tangible return.
What are the sizes of the classes?
To ensure a close relationship between students and teachers, Wilson Hall has a policy that limits class size. The preschool classes are limited to 13 students, the kindergarten classes and first and second grades are limited to 20 students, the third and fourth grade classes are limited to 22 students, and the fifth grade classes are limited to 23 students. Because they have a wider variety of classes from which to choose, the middle and upper school classes can range in size from 4 – 24 students. Keep in mind that since the school screens its students for academic ability, all students in a class are taught at the same level.
Does the school offer before school/after school care?
The school does offer after school care until 6:00 PM for Wilson Hall students enrolled in PS3 – 6th. Before school care is available from 7:00 – 7:45 AM for students in PS3 – 3rd. The after school care program is available during the summer months from 7:45 AM – 5:45 PM. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does the school provide transportation for its students?
While the school does provide transportation for field trips, extracurricular and athletic events, the school does not provide transportation to and from school for its students.
Are the school and its teachers accredited?
Wilson Hall is fully accredited by AdvancED and the Southern Association of Independent Schools, and our teachers must have either certification by the state or teach in the area of their college major.
Are new students and families easily accepted?
Nearly one-fourth of each year’s graduating class has attended Wilson Hall since preschool, which makes for a very stable, cohesive student body. New students, however, are always welcomed and are made to feel a part of the Wilson Hall Family immediately. The PTO’s Baron Buddies program pairs each new family in 1st-12th with a current Wilson Hall family, and events such as the ice cream social sponsored by the Student Council and the tailgate party organized by the development office are held especially for new students and their families at the start of the school year. Current students and parents go out of their way to invite new students to birthday parties, pool parties and cookouts at the lake, for example, to ensure that the social transition is as smooth as possible.
Are the students required to wear uniforms
There is a dress code, but students are not required to wear uniforms. Students are allowed to dress casually and comfortably as long as what they are wearing is in good taste and meets the school guidelines.
Does Wilson Hall have any religious affiliation?
No, Wilson Hall is an independent school. While a vast majority of our students and faculty are Christian, there are students who represent each of the major religions in the world, and these students are encouraged to express their beliefs as well. Wilson Hall does have a daily devotion and prayer each morning and it does have prayer before all special programs and events. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes for high school students and First Priority, a Christian outreach organization for middle school students, both hold weekly Bible studies on campus, and YoungLife has its own Wilson Hall chapter that meets off-campus.