As important as the curriculum is, what is even more important is who is teaching the curriculum. The extraordinary level of achievement of our students may be attributed to the high level of expectations placed on students, as well as the support students receive from the faculty. With limited class sizes, teachers are able to take the time to really get to know and care about each student. The confidence the faculty has in our students encourages them to reach beyond their perceived limitations.
At Wilson Hall the process of education occurs in an atmosphere of genuine caring and support that comes from the mutual respect between our teacher and students. Our teachers encourage the best from their students, but they also give freely of themselves, even when they have to sacrifice their private time to do so. Our teachers stay after school each day to offer assistance to students or speak with parents, with many teachers having regularly scheduled tutoring or review sessions. Many of our faculty members serve as team coaches and club advisors, so it is not uncommon to see them on campus working long after school is dismissed.
Any curriculum is only as good as the person teaching it, and Wilson Hall has some of the best teachers in the region, as judged by the numerous commendations. In the S.C. Independent School Association’s annual teacher of the year competition, Wilson Hall has had more teachers receive recognition than any other school in the area.
Since the school is fully accredited through AdvancED, the non-profit, non-governmental organization that accredits primary and secondary schools throughout the United States and internationally, all of our teachers are either certified or teach a majority of their courses in the area of their college major.
Wilson Hall has had 11 teachers named State Teacher of the Year by the S.C. Independent School Association, and 27 teachers have been among the top three finalists for the award.
Mrs. Susan Barfield, Academic Dean, is one of only 20 people selected internationally by the College Board to serve as an Advanced Placement Coordinator Consultant. AP coordinators assume primary responsibility for organizing and administering the AP programs at their schools. They also manage the ordering, receipt, distribution, administration, and return of AP Exam materials, making sure millions of students worldwide receive their AP scores.
Wilson Hall offers 23 AP classes, more than any school in the region, in the following academic disciplines: Arts, English, History & Social Sciences, Math & Computer Science, Sciences, and World Languages & Cultures. The classes are taught on the college-level by specially trained faculty.
For this program, high school students across the country and around the world take AP courses and exams to challenge themselves, explore their interests, and earn college credit and placement. Nearly all colleges and universities in the United States grant credit and advanced placement for successful AP Exam scores.
Mrs. Amy Jones, a kindergarten teacher, is one of three finalists in the state for the 2021 S.C. Independent School Association Elementary School Teacher of the Year. After being elected by her peers at the school, Mrs. Jones entered the state-level contest by submitting an essay, resume, and recommendations from peers and the administration. After reading through the many submissions for Teacher of the Year from across the state, a panel of educators made the selection of the top three finalists for each division. Mrs. Jones has 14 years of teaching experience, the last three at Wilson Hall. She is Wilson Hall's 38th teacher to receive this recognition in the 32-year program. There are 120 member schools in S.C.I.S.A.
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. Wilson Hall teachers have an average of 22 years of experience, with an average of 15 years at Wilson Hall.