During a visit to the OHA campus, parents and the prospective student will meet with the Director of Admission, the Principal, the Director of Counseling, and a Resident Life representative. Prospective students and their families also have the opportunity to speak to current OHA students–often over lunch in the dining hall. The walking tour always includes a visit to a dormitory to see a current student’s room. You can expect the visit to last from two to three hours. We want prospective students and parents to secure a genuine and highly personalized feel for our unique setting, our campus, and the OHA community. Along the way, as visitors are met and greeted by the many people living on our campus, the following buildings/areas may be visited:
Vaughan Administration Building
Located at the center of campus, Vaughan Administration Building is home to our administrative offices, the Infirmary, and the Oak Hill Dining Hall. It is the geographic center of campus. The recent addition of the Dixon Garden, in front, has become another social gathering point for our students after school.
The Turner Building contains the gymnasium, Art Studio, strength and conditioning facilities, and Athletic Director’s and uniform offices.
Hough Dormitory accommodates 98 girls in two-room suites, with three apartments for resident managers as well as apartments for faculty and staff and their families. A recent remodel, completed in the Summer of 2015, includes an upgraded lobby and TV lounge, new flooring in the rooms and upgraded bathrooms in the suites. The fitness center continues to add exercise equipment.
The park is a fifty-acre facility including a picnic pavilion, lake, walking trails, shower/bathroom facilities, and trails for horseback riding. Certain school-wide social functions are held here: The President’s “Welcome to OHA” Picnic; July 4th celebration during our summer session; “snow socials” and bonfires; and the end-of-year “Noonkester Social.”
Fields Hall Dormitory
Once Oak Hill Academy’s first academic building, Fields is now home for the Red Team with a variety of grade levels. Rooms are shared by two to three students – with plenty of room to spare. Being the oldest building on campus, Fields residents enjoy the “home away from home” environment that this dormitory creates. Renovations inside Fields were completed for the 2011 fall semester and the exterior was upgraded in the Summer of 2015.
Harry Lee Speeks Hall Dormitory
Our newest dorm, completed in 2016, is reserved for our 8th and 9th grade boys. A mirror image of neighboring Dixon Hall, Speeks Hall features single and double rooms for 14 students. Shower rooms, a laundry room, a resident manager apartment and a large lower-level recreation, snack and study area complete the living/learning environment.
Glenda Elizabeth Dixon Hall Dormitory
Dixon Hall Dormitory for boys was dedicated in February of 2015 and houses 14 students in single and double rooms. This spacious and modern building includes a resident manager apartment, as well as a recreation room/study lounge, providing a great small-community setting for our guys to live and learn while on our campus.
Ingram Dormitory is home for our 10th and 11th grade boys. Floors are designated by grade and each is equipped with its own lounge, recently remodeled bathrooms, and laundry facilities.
Williams-Berry Hall Dormitory
There are such things as senior privileges at Oak Hill Academy and living in Williams-Berry Hall is certainly one of them! In addition to a later “lights-out” time, most of our senior boys will enjoy the luxury of having their own rooms. Williams-Berry Hall is one of the newer dormitories on campus, constructed in 2008. This modern facility accommodates up to 30 upperclass boys. Many hours are spent in the common area, equipped with tables for ping-pong, foosball and pool, microwaves, a big-screen TV, vending machine, and comfortable lounging area.
Vaughan Dining Hall
All students, faculty, staff, and their families enjoy eating together in the OHA Dining Hall for all meals. Meriwether-Godsey, an independent caterer, serves all of our meals. There are special meals throughout the year, such as those before our Thanksgiving and Christmas Breaks that require more formal attire. The all-school Spring Formal Dance (prom) is held here, with the room transformed by the Decorating Committee.
Rev. J. F. Fletcher Chapel
On the first floor of Fletcher Chapel you will find OHA memorabilia (dating to our 1878 inception) displayed in our recently completed Ussery Archives. It also is home to our Admission and Development Offices, as well as the Music Department. In the upstairs portion of the Chapel, our students gather each day for Morning Assembly, including prayer, a devotion, and announcements. Many Oak Hill Academy assemblies, drama productions, musical performances, award ceremonies, and special events take place here as well. Fletcher Chapel is where our structure begins–minds are awakened and preparations are made for students to begin each new school day.
Louise T. English Academic Building
All academic classes are held in the Louise Towles English Academic Building. This building also contains our library and College Lab. The offices of our principal, counseling director, registrars and college advisor are located in this building as well.
Alumni Campus Store
Constructed in 2006 and expanded in 2011, the campus store provides a place for students to unwind, relax, and spend time with friends. Students can purchase everything from personal items and clothing to drinks and convenience and frozen foods to keep in their rooms for late-night study snacks. It is a combination 50s Diner and college-style bookstore, with Nike sports and spirit apparel available for students and visitors to purchase.
Lenore Equestrian Center
Students who express interest in OHA’s riding program will have opportunity to visit the Equestrian Center, located within walking distance of Hough Dormitory (girls’ dorm). The indoor riding ring and stables are complemented by an outdoor ring and work area.
Campus Tours available daily
To discuss Oak Hill Academy and your student, please contact our Department of Admission. We are happy to meet with prospective students individually for tours, which typically last 2-3 hours and involve current students who are available to answer your questions.