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Admission Requirements

Because there are several options when choosing a school in the Sumter area, we hope that you will give Wilson Hall full consideration. Prospective students and their parents are encouraged to visit our campus, and applications are accepted at any time. Wilson Hall does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national or ethnic origin in any of its policies, practices or procedures.

To be considered for admission, it is preferable that applicants score in at least in the 70th percentile on a nationally standardized test. Additionally, applicants must have earned at least a C in core courses (English, math, science & social studies). For students who have only taken a state test, advanced scores in reading and math are preferred but a minimum of proficient scores are required. In addition:

  • Students applying for 1st -12th grades must perform satisfactorily on an entrance test
  • Students applying for the four-year-old preschool and kindergarten classes must meet with a Wilson Hall teacher for a readiness evaluation
  • Students applying for admission to 6th - 12th grades may have to take an additional placement exam for English, foreign language or math
  • Students applying for 9th-12th must have completed the necessary coursework in order to meet Wilson Hall's requirements for graduation
  • The school may require, on a case-by-case basis, additional information before accepting a student
  • Wilson Hall does not accept applicants who have been suspended and/or expelled from their current school
  • The school does not offer extraordinary academic accommodations for students with special needs.

Mid-year transfers are accepted for the three-year-old preschool-5th grades. Mid-year transfers for grades 6th-8th will be considered in most cases, depending on the coursework the applicant has completed. Because the school does not offer partial credit for high school classes, mid-year transfers for grades 9th-12th are not accepted unless the applicant will be taking the same classes in which he or she is currently enrolled.

Preschool & Kindergarten
Student readiness is the primary factor in gaining admission. For the three-year-old preschool, admissions priority is given to children of current Wilson Hall parents and faculty. Applications for the three-year-old preschool should be submitted by January 31st, but applications will be accepted until the class is filled to capacity. Students must be completely potty-trained before they begin school.

1st - 11th Grades
Academic performance is the primary factor in gaining admission to Wilson Hall.

12th Grade
Local transfers to the 12th grade are admitted only under special circumstances. Applicants must have an excellent academic record with the necessary coursework to meet Wilson Hall's requirements, and applicants must have earned at least the average SAT score of the Senior Class to be considered for admission.

Admission Process

The application process is a relatively simple one, and Wilson Hall accepts applications at any time. Before a student may be considered for admission, the application file must be complete with the following items:

  • Completed online application
  • Application fee of $150.00 ($500.00 for international students) - fee is non-refundable unless the school cannot offer the student a position
  • Completed entrance test (1st-12th) or evaluation (PS4-K)
  • Photocopy of most recent report card
  • Photocopy of transcript that includes all courses for which applicant has received high school credit, if applicable
  • Photocopy of most recent nationally standardized test results, if applicable.

For questions regarding the process, please contact Sean Hoskins, Director of Admissions, at seanhoskins@wilsonhall.org or 803-469-3615, ext. 107.  

Gaining Admission

For classes that are not full, the Director of Admissions decides which applicants will be admitted based on the applicant's file and academic record. However, for classes that have more applicants than there are vacancies, the Admissions Committee will decide which applicants will be admitted.

The primary factor the Admissions Committee will consider when granting admission is the academic record of the applicant. Once the applicant has met the academic and character standards required for acceptance to Wilson Hall, the following factors may also be considered by the Admission Committee prior to making their recommendation (considerations are listed in no particular order):

  • Date of application - An early application date signifies a sustained interest in the Wilson Hall program. Applications for the three-year-old preschool should be submitted by January 31st
  • Siblings are in attendance at Wilson Hall - The school believes it is beneficial to keep families together if at all possible
  • Child of a Wilson Hall employee - Enrollment of faculty and staff children indicates a personal vote of confidence in the environment and curriculum
  • Child of a Wilson Hall graduate - It has been determined over the years that active alumni become active and involved parents
  • Brings special talents or skills to the school - One student's gifts and abilities have the potential to enhance the educational experience of the rest of the student body
  • Ability to pay tuition - The current parent keeps his/her bill paid in a timely manner
  • Supporters of the school - The parent is willing to commit time and talents as well as financial support for the school above and beyond tuition
  • Multiple sibling family - The positive impact made by a new family is frequently increased by additional siblings
  • Helps diversify the student body - Wilson Hall maintains and encourages the enrollment of students who will help diversify the student population
  • Assists in helping Wilson Hall's community responsibility - Wilson Hall is committed to playing an active role in assisting with the growth of both business and industry in the Sumter community.