AP and College Credit
As a college preparatory boarding school, Oak Hill makes it possible for students to earn college credit before they even step foot on a college campus.
For qualified students, there are two primary pathways for earning college credit: Advanced Placement (AP) courses and dual enrollment courses.
Advanced Placement Courses
We offer a range of AP courses here at Oak Hill, from Physics and Calculus to Art. After completing an AP course of study, students sit for the AP examination, administered by The College Board, in that subject. Students who earn an acceptable score on the exam can then earn associated college credit, depending on their university and course of study.
AP courses offer college-level rigor in the classroom and are an excellent opportunity for high school students to prepare for the future demands of collegiate study.
Dual Enrollment Courses
Oak Hill also provides a more clearly defined pathway to earning college credits. Through our dual enrollment program, our students may choose to take college courses alongside their high school classes.
Interested students must be academically qualified in order to enroll in the program. Working together with our college counselors, students may also enroll in Wytheville Community College and select from a variety of courses. A number of these classes are taught on our own campus by our own instructors—many of whom are adjunct instructors at WCC.
Beyond these on-site courses, dual enrollment students also have the opportunity to take essentially any course being offered through the Virginia Community College System with the supervision of an Oak Hill instructor. Access to such a wide variety of classes with diverse subject matter is a unique benefit of our partnership with VCCS.
On average each year, 30 percent of our juniors and seniors are on track to earn college credit hours. Once their dual enrollment coursework is complete, students earn a college transcript, which can be included in a college application and will set them apart during the admissions process. Successful completion of these courses provides immediate and future benefits, as these credits nearly always transfer to a student’s chosen college or university.