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Academy Profile

Oak Hill Academy
2635 Oak Hill Road
Mouth of Wilson, Virginia 24363
(276) 579-2619

Dr. Michael Groves, President
Mr. Todd Giszack, Principal
Mrs. Joy Groves, MA, LPC, NCC, Director of Counseling
Counselor’s Fax: (276) 579-2618
Counselor’s e-mail:
Mrs. Karen Fisher, Registrar
Mrs. Linda Smith, Registrar
Mr. Chris Hill, College Advisor/Testing Coordinator

College Board/ACT Code: 471-492

Grading System and Class Rank

Oak Hill Academy uses a 4.0 unweighted system.  Letter grades are assigned as:

A  90-100
B  80-89
C  70-79
D  60-69
F  59 or below

Students are ranked based on cumulative grade point averages.  Courses taken at U.S. high schools previous to Oak Hill are conformed to our grading scale and posted on student transcripts.  These courses are labeled according to Oak Hill’s Curriculum Guide when possible.  International grades are not converted, and those students are not ranked.

The Curriculum

The academic program is college preparatory and is organized on a schedule of seven class periods.  A maximum load is seven classes per day, culminating in a maximum of seven credits each year.

Oak Hill Academy and Wytheville Community College (WCC) have formed a partnership to provide our students an opportunity to take college courses during high school for dual credit. Students must exhibit outstanding academic performance in order to be eligible for these courses.  These courses are identified with a CC (College Credit) on the Oak Hill transcript, and include Freshman Composition (6 hours), and United States History (6 hours), plus a host of online college courses available through the WCC course catalog.

Students may select Honors Courses in several subject areas.  Certain courses are designated specifically as honors courses.  In other cases, a highly motivated student may contract with the teacher of a standard college preparatory course to complete honors-level assignments and achieve the honors designation for that course.

Oak Hill Academy offers several Advanced Placement courses, including: Calculus AB; Calculus BC; Physics I; Computer Science A; and Studio Art. OHA offers AP testing in other subjects per student request.

Mission Statement

Oak Hill Academy inspires academic success, cultivates personal growth, and personifies a healthy community while fostering relationships among students, families, and our school. We are a coeducational Baptist-affiliated boarding school that provides a college preparatory education (Grades 8-12) in a small, structured, and nurturing environment.

The Community

Oak Hill Academy is situated on a 270-acre campus in tranquil Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, amidst the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and the scenic New River.  The Academy, located in Grayson County, is twelve miles from the county seat of Independence.  State highways 16 and 58 pass the entrance of the Academy.  Interstate 77 is located thirty-seven miles southeast, and Interstate 81 is twenty-eight miles northwest.

Student Population – Typical # of Students

12th Grade: 30-35
11th Grade: 30-35
10th Grade: 25-30
9th Grade: 15-20
8th Grade: 10-15

Oak Hill Academy welcomes and values a highly diverse student body, 99% of which are boarding students. Students typically represent a variety of backgrounds, dozens of states, and multiple countries.

Non-discriminatory Statement

Rules for acceptance and participation in all activities and programs are the same for all without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, handicap, or national origin.  This institution is primarily a special agency geared to meet the needs of the individual student, 13 through 18 years of age, of average to high intelligence with minimal physical, social, emotional, or behavioral limitations, and geared only to take care of those types of conditions.  Individuals with other disabilities or handicaps will be referred to other institutions with appropriate services.

Course Requirements for Graduation 2020-2021

23-unit College Preparatory Diploma (grades 8-12)

English–4 units
Foreign Language–1 unit (2 recommended)*
Math–3 units
Science–3 units
Social Studies–4 units
Religion–1 unit
Fine Arts or Computer/Technology–1 unit
Health/Physical Education–2 units
Electives–4 units

Students achieving a College Preparatory Diploma with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher will receive the Board of Trustees Seal on their diplomas.

*Please note that most 4-year colleges require at least two years in a row of foreign language.

26-unit Advanced Studies Diploma (grades 8-12)

English–4 units
Foreign Language–3-4 units (3 units in one language or 2 units each in two different languages)
Math*–4 units
Science–3 units
Social Studies–4 units
Religion–1 unit
Fine Arts or Computer/Technology–1 unit
Health/Physical Education–2 units
Electives–3-4 units

Students achieving an Advanced Studies Diploma with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher will receive the President’s Seal on their diplomas.

*Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include: Algebra 1; Geometry; Algebra 2; and another mathematics course above the level of Algebra 2.

Note:  High school credit is attained in all courses except English 8 and Pre-Algebra.


Oak Hill Academy is a Test Center for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT.  We also offer the TOEFL for International Students.  All Juniors and Seniors are required to take the SAT or ACT.

Accreditation and Memberships

Oak Hill Academy is a fully-accredited high school that serves Grades 8 – 12.  The Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) accredits the school.  The Academy is approved by the Virginia Department of Education, and the U.S. Government certifies the Academy to teach foreign students.  It is also recognized by the Virginia Council for Private Education. Oak Hill Academy is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS).

Faculty and Professional Staff

More than 65% of the academic staff hold advanced degrees.  Faculty members serve as advisors and sponsor extracurricular activities or sports. The faculty-to-student ratio is 1:8.

College Placement

Averages for the past five years:

Four-year colleges: 87%; Two-year colleges: 8%; Other plans, including volunteer work, armed services, or attending a preparatory academy: 5%.

A sampling of the colleges and universities to which recent graduates were accepted:

Appalachian State University, NC; Auburn University, AL; Babson College, MA; Baylor University, TX; Boston University, MA; Centre College, KY; Christopher Newport University, VA; The Citadel, SC; Clemson University, SC; College of Charleston, SC; College of William and Mary, VA; Duquesne University, PA; East Carolina University, NC; Elon University, NC; George Mason University, VA; Guilford College, NC; Hampton University, VA; Hawaii Pacific University; Hollins University, VA; Howard University, DC; Indiana University at Bloomington; Iowa State University; James Madison University, VA; Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada; Lynchburg College, VA; Marquette University, WI; Michigan State University; North Carolina State University; Old Dominion University, VA; Pennsylvania State University; Pepperdine University, CA; Pratt Institute, NY; Princeton University, NJ; Purdue University, IN; Queens University of Charlotte, NC; Radford University, VA; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY; Roanoke College, VA; Rutgers University of Newark, NJ; St. John’s University, NY; St. Mary’s College, CA; Savannah College of Art and Design, GA; Seton Hall University, NJ; State University of New York at Albany; Sweet Briar College, VA; Syracuse University, NY; Temple University, PA; University of Alabama; University of Arizona; University of California at Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara; University of Connecticut; University of Ghana, Africa; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; University of Iowa; University of Kansas; University of Kentucky; University of Mary Washington, VA; University of Maryland, College Park; University of Miami, FL; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro, Wilmington; University of Southern California; University of Texas at Austin; University of Virginia; University of Washington at Seattle; University of Wisconsin, Madison; Villanova University, PA; Virginia Commonwealth University; Virginia Polytechnic Institute; Wake Forest University, NC; West Virginia University; Western Carolina University, NC; Winthrop University, SC.

“For each of us, there is a life-changing moment of discovery. It may be the sudden rush of confidence when mastering something difficult. It may be the joy at finding a talent we didn’t know was there. It may come from a passage in a book, a walk in the mountains, or something a teacher says that stays with us.  Attending Oak Hill is such an experience.”