Academics

At the heart of Wilson Hall 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.

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. This allows teachers to identify and react to the strengths of each student.

Wilson Hall students pursue serious studies in a curriculum designed to challenge each student, which is why applicants must meet certain academic standards before being admitted. With a traditional curriculum, emphasis is placed on reading and English language skills, mathematics, science and social studies, with technology, foreign languages, and fine/performing arts rounding out the educational experience.

Since seniors must be accepted to a four-year college or university in order to graduate, it is not a question of whether they are going to college, but where they are going to college.

The average SAT for the graduating class is over 200 points or higher than the national SAT average. And showing that Wilson Hall is a solid investment in the education of its students, nearly every graduate receives a merit-based scholarship offer for college.

The exceptional academic achievements of Wilson Hall students and alumni speak for themselves and clearly demonstrate why the school has been one of the top college preparatory institutions in South Carolina for four decades.


Lower School

A student’s first experience of school is extremely important, and Wilson Hall strives to make this experience an enjoyable one in its preschool/kindergarten program. Students in the 3-year-old preschool, which is for students who turn three years old by September 1st, and the four-year-old preschool, which is for students who turn four years old by September 1st, learn mostly through play while also learning how to be part of a group and follow directions. Preschool is much more than a daycare program, it teaches students essential social skills while introducing basic math and reading concepts.

Kindergarten, which is very structured, introduces basic number concepts and letter recognition, as well as simple reading and writing techniques. Many of the kindergarten students are reading and writing simple sentences by the end of the first semester. Art, music, physical education, computer science, Spanish, and the library are also part of the curriculum for the preschool and kindergarten.

The 3-year-old preschool’s school day is from 8:10 AM – 12:00 PM. The school day for the 4-year-old preschool/kindergarten, which is a five-day a week program, is 8:10 AM – 1:55 PM, with an optional noon dismissal. Preschool/kindergarten classes are self-contained and each teacher has a full-time assistant in the classroom with her. With their own corner of the campus, the preschool/kindergarten students remain in their own building and have their own playgrounds. Please note that preschool & kindergarten students must be completely potty-trained before they begin school.

In order to provide a strong foundation, grades 1-5 concentrate heavily on the basics: reading comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, language arts, grammar, and mathematics. Social studies and science, while taught in first and second grades informally, becomes an academic subject beginning in the third grade.

Students are not grouped by academic potential since all students are expected to perform at an advanced level. The accelerated curriculum is taught at a quick pace, similar to the talented and gifted programs of other schools, and students are expected to progress as a group. By not having several different groupings by ability within a classroom, teachers are able to give all of their attention to the entire class.

Lower school classes are self-contained, except for the fifth grade that has three teachers who specialize in particular academic areas, and lower school students have their own building and playground. Students attend auxiliary classes once a week for computer science, music, art, P.E. and library, and they have Spanish once a week. The school day for grades 1-5 is from 8:10 AM – 2:10 PM.


Middle School

As students grow from children to teenagers during these years, our middle school (6th-8th grades) is about transitions. Minds, bodies, and expectations are changing, and middle school students need a safe and supportive environment in which to thrive.

Consequently, in addition to a continuation of a challenging curriculum, emphasis is placed on teachers, coaches, and advisors working with young students as people. In the middle school, opportunities for clubs, athletic teams, and leadership positions encourage students to discover their interests and talents.

Students have a seven period schedule, with different teachers for each subject. The school day is from 8:00 AM – 2:25 PM.

Housed in its own building with its own principal, the middle school is a place where childhood is gradually left behind while the wonder and fun of learning and participation continue into adolescence.


Upper School

Since Wilson Hall is a college preparatory school and all students are required to be accepted to a four-year college or university to graduate, all courses are taught at an advanced level with eligible students taking the even more demanding Advanced Placement and honors courses.

The school offers 18 AP courses, more than any school in the area, taught on the college level by specially trained faculty members.  At the end of the year, students have the opportunity to take a nationally standardized test in the AP subject and may receive college credit.  This can really pay off in the long run as some students have graduated with over 30 hours of college credit. Many college admissions counselors prefer that students take the AP exams for credit instead of taking courses at a local college. The reason is that the AP exams are nationally standardized and are recognized by all colleges across the nation.

Although there is a strong emphasis on the fundamental academic disciplines of English, math, science and social studies, students are also required to take foreign language, computer science, and fine/performing arts courses.  Across the curriculum, emphasis is placed on reading and writing skills, as well as hands-on experience in science laboratories.  Wilson Hall prides itself on its traditional, classic education that provides students with a variety of intellectual skills necessary for the many different academic disciplines offered in college.

Wilson Hall ranks its students in accordance with the Uniform Grading Scale policy as designed and approved by the Commission on Higher Education. Parents may access the rank of their student from the guidance department at any time following the completion of their student’s ninth grade year. Given the size of each class, the overall academic strength of our student body, and the rigorous curriculum required of each student, we do not consider class rank a predictor of success in college. One hundred percent of Wilson Hall graduates are accepted to college.

Students have a seven period schedule, with different teachers for each subject.  The school day is from 8:00 AM – 2:25 PM.


Courses Offered

Required Courses

All classes are year-long unless otherwise noted
AP=Advanced Placement
H=Honors

Sixth
Language Arts
Reading
Math
Science
Social Studies
Art (Quarter)
Computer Science (Quarter)
Drama (Quarter)
Physical Education (Quarter)

Seventh
Grammar & Composition
Literature
Pre-Algebra-H or Math
Life Science
S.C. History
Art (Quarter)
Music (Quarter)
Science Exploration & Lab (Quarter)
Study Skills (Quarter)
Physical Education/Health

Eighth
Grammar & Composition
Literature
Algebra I-H or Pre-Algebra
Earth Science
World Geography
Latin I
Physical Education

Ninth
English I-H or English I
Geometry-H or Algebra I
Intro. to Physical Science
World History
French I or Spanish I or Latin II
Fine/Performing Arts elective
Computer Science

Tenth
English II-H or English II
Algebra II-H or Geometry
Biology
AP U.S. History or U.S. History
French II or Spanish II or Latin III
2 Electives

Eleventh
AP English Language or English III
Pre-Calculus-H or Algebra II or Trigonometry
Chemistry or Anatomy-H
Government (Sem.)
Economics (Sem.)
French III or Spanish III
2 Electives

Twelfth
AP English Literature or 
English IV and Senior Writing or AP English Language
AP Calculus or Pre-Calculus or
Algebra III/Statistics or Statistics or Trigonometry
Environmental Science (if did not take Anatomy or AP Chemistry)
3 or 4 Electives

Electives

Computer Science
AP Computer Science (Java Programming)
C++ Programming-H
Structure & Design
Visual BASIC Programming I & II-H
Web Page Authoring & Website Management

English
AP English Language
Creative Writing (Sem.)
Debate & Speech (Sem.)
Journalism I, II & III
Public Speaking (Sem.)
SAT Prep

Fine/Performing Arts
AP Studio Art (Drawing)
AP Studio Art (2-D Design)
AP Studio Art (3-D Design)
Art I, II, III, III-H, IV & IV-H
9th Art Basics (Sem.)
Ceramics/Pottery I & II (Sem.)
9th Ceramics/Pottery (Sem.)
Drawing (Sem.)
Film Studies
Photography I & II (Sem.)
Theater I, II, III-H & IV-H
Introduction to Theater (Sem.)
Sculpture I, II, III, III-H, IV & IV-H
Set Design (Sem.)
Theater Tech.
AP Music Theory
Basic Music Theory (Sem.)
9th Chorus (Sem.)
High School Chorus I, II, III-H, IV-H

Foreign Language
AP French Language
AP Latin (Vergil/Julius Caesar)
AP Spanish Language
Arabic (Sem.)
Mandarin Chinese (Sem.)

Mathematics
AP Calculus AB
Algebra III/Statistics
Engineering Basics
Pre-Calculus
SAT Prep
Statistics
Trigonometry

Physical Education
P.E. Assistant
Weight Training

Science

AP Biology
AP Chemistry
AP Physics C
Anatomy-H
Environmental Science

Social Studies
AP European History
AP U.S. Government and Politics
AP U.S. History
AP Human Geography
Christian Theology (Sem.)
Leadership 101
Life Skills (Sem.)
Old Testament Survey (Sem.)
Philosophy


Graduation Requirements

Twenty-four units of credit earned in grades 9-12 are required for graduation from Wilson Hall. The student’s high school program includes required and elective courses. Those courses specifically required of all students for graduation with the Class of 2016 are identified in the following list:

  • 4 Units – English
  • 4 Units – Mathematics (Algebra I & II, Geometry)
  • 3 Units – Lab Science (Biology, Chemistry & Anatomy or Environmental Science)
  • 3 Units – Social Studies (U.S. History, Government, Economics)
  • 3 Units – Foreign Language (Same Language)
  • 1 Unit – Physical Education
  • 1 Unit – Fine/Performing Arts
  • 1 Unit – Computer Science
  • 4 Units – Electives