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About articulation agreements

Articulation agreements secure a student’s acceptance into college.

Articulation agreements are agreements made between a secondary school and a college/university.

Oak Hill Academy honors several articulation agreements. Oak Hill currently has articulation agreements with

Articulation agreements provide security for students to be accepted into college. If a student applies to a college bound by an articulation agreement with Oak Hill Academy, they are guaranteed acceptance if the student’s grades and other application prerequisites are satisfied.


Articulation agreements promote student success.

Additionally, articulation agreements allow Oak Hill to spotlight colleges with similar principles, specifically maintaining smaller, individualized classes.

Oak Hill has traditionally upheld a small student body to ensure academic nurturing and excellence. This is furthered through articulation agreements with colleges who also practice academic care through small class sizes.

Students at Oak Hill often flourish because of smaller classes and more academic attention; thus, articulation agreements with attentive colleges are beneficial to the students.


Articulation agreements do not bind a student to a college.

While a student’s admittance is virtually guaranteed to a college with an articulation agreement, the student is not limited to the aforementioned colleges. Oak Hill encourages students to apply to any college or university that best suits their academic and personal needs.

Oak Hill Academy Now Enrolling for Summer Session 2021

Oak Hill Academy is now enrolling for summer 2021 sessions

Oak Hill Academy is now enrolling for the summer 2021 session, which begins Sunday, June 27, and ends Saturday, July 24. New students submit an enrollment application. Current students do not submit a new application; instead, complete a course selection sheet.

Why summer session?

Summer session serves different purposes depending on students’ needs. Students have the option to re-take previous courses to correct their GPAs. New students utilize summer courses to familiarize themselves with Oak Hill Academy’s campus before the fall semester. In addition, students often participate in summer session to supplement their transcripts with extra credits.

Oak Hill’s summer session allows students to have a personalized schedule that bests fits their academic needs.

How many classes are offered?

Summer session operates differently than fall and spring semesters. Students can take one new class, two repeat classes, or one repeat class along with one elective.

Students also have the option to enroll in another supplemental course after school, replacing afternoon recreation time.

Which courses are offered?

There are five main courses offered within the summer session, which earn one credit:
1. English
2. Mathematics
3. Social studies
4. Science
5. Foreign language

In addition to main courses, three electives are offered, which earn 1/2 credit:
1. Leadership
2. Study Skills
3. Test Preparation

How is the summer session scheduled?

Summer session courses are scheduled differently than fall and spring semesters. Students typically take two courses during the summer session, requiring a more personalized schedule.

How does a student enroll for summer session?

New students can enroll for summer session by submitting an application. If submitting an application for the summer session, be sure to fill the “Proposed Enrollment Date” field with “Summer 2021.”

Current students do not have to submit a new application. Those currently enrolled complete a course selection sheet.

What are the costs of summer session?

Summer Session cost is separate from the full academic year, and covers only the four-week period in July and July. Further details can be found on the summer session information page.

Oak Hill Academy’s “Coffee & Conversation” Starts Next Week

"Coffee & Conversation" is an open house event hosted by Oak Hill Academy to answer parents' & prospective students' questions regarding our school.


Mark your calendars for March 23rd


Oak Hill Academy is virtually hosting “Coffee & Conversation,” an open house event for parents and their prospective students. The event takes place Tuesday, March 23rd at 7:00 PM EST.

“Coffee & Conversation” allows parents and students to inquire about Oak Hill Academy and the plethora of opportunities provided. 

The event will cover topics ranging from Oak Hill Academy’s curriculum, clubs and activities, and tiers for learning support.

To ensure the health and safety of our community, “Coffee & Conversation” is hosted via Zoom. 


RSVP today


This is a great opportunity to bring any questions and learn more about Oak Hill. Reserve a spot for “Coffee & Conversation” by clicking here.

We look forward to hearing from you! 

Parents’ Week 2021 Goes Virtual

Oak Hill Academy Parents’ Week 2021 Goes Virtual

Events like “Parents’ Weekend”—which offer a day or two of packed agendas for families who visit their child’s campus—are common for boarding schools like Oak Hill Academy and for most colleges and universities. Although the COVID constraints of this school year have prevented campus visitations, these same limitations led to a new phenomenon on our campus. Welcome to Oak Hill Academy Parents’ Week 2021: five days of virtual events, including teacher conferences, art shows, musical performances, program highlights, and showcases from our college partners.

Parents’ Week begins Monday, March 15, and there’s something for everyone on the schedule. On Monday, after our President’s welcome, Meredith College will showcase their institution. Meredith College, a historic women’s college in Raleigh, NC, is our newest college partner and will be of particular interest to our Lady Warriors and their families.

Tuesday brings an informative session from our College Lab Director and College Counseling Staff, explaining our student-centered approach to college placement, which has consistently led to success. Randolph College will follow up with a showcase of their new curriculum model and a description of their newest academic programs.

Wednesday, we’ll hear from an expert in the field of college financial aid, who will offer our families informed and strategic explanations to navigate the application and financial award process. Following this presentation, representatives of Emory and Henry College will showcase their nationally-acclaimed equestrian program. With nearly 50% of our Lady Warriors currently enrolled in our equestrian program, we’re sure this session will be of interest.

Thursday will be our monthly Warrior Family Book Club, where we’ll continue our deep dive into Dr. Daniel Siegel’s best-selling Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, discussing adolescent cognitive formation and what we need to know as parents of teens. Our second session will be a showcase of Bluefield College, who will introduce their new BSN program and discuss their connection to the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. This will be a must-attend event for any student potentially interested in the healthcare field.

Friday will conclude our Parents’ Week as we tune in for our annual National Honor Society Induction Ceremony. Followed by a student panel, students will offer testimonies about their time at Oak Hill Academy, what it has meant to them, and the doors it has opened.

A detailed schedule of events can be found through the parent portal.

College Applications … Stressful?

In our culture today, the words “college applications” and “stress” seem to go hand in hand for high school students and their parents. Just give it a try – think for a moment about the words “college applications” and notice how you feel. Relaxed, calm, giddy? Most likely not! There is stress about the process itself, deadlines, essays, acceptances … the list goes on. The good news is that at Oak Hill Academy we believe the byproduct of this kind of stress actually is GROWTH. And we approach the college application process with that in mind.

Optimum conditions for growth exist when students are nudged out of their comfort zones … just far enough, and with the support they need to succeed. This is the environment we provide for our seniors as they rise to the challenges of this important rite of passage. With support from OHA and their families, we see them grow in their abilities to communicate with professionals, navigate paperwork glitches, advocate for themselves, manage deadlines, and make decisions. And we help them seek out best fit colleges, guided by our motto: “Go where you can grow.”

Now try it again. Think about “college applications” and see if you can conjure some images of your child experiencing growth. Ahh … it does feel better!

Mrs. Joy Groves, MA, LPC, NCC
Director of Counseling
Oak Hill Academy

OHA adds admission agreement with Mary Baldwin University


We are pleased to announce that Oak Hill Academy and Mary Baldwin University entered into an admission articulation agreement this week. The agreement essentially guarantees Academy graduates entrance to the university once baseline requirements have been satisfied. MBU is a small, private, coeducational university in historic Staunton, Virginia.

Campus of Mary Baldwin University

In establishing this agreement, Mary Baldwin University becomes one of a growing number of post-secondary partners who have established such agreements with OHA. Our partner universities are eager to accept Oak Hill students in light of their obvious college-readiness.

Partnerships like this bring added value to the college placement work accomplished by the Academy, and also benefit our university partners in their efforts to admit high-quality students. Oak Hill Academy is committed to offering our students the best possible array of college options, and will continue to work tirelessly in establishing meaningful partnerships with our colleagues at the college level.

Todd M. Giszack
Oak Hill Academy

Oak Hill Academy, Bridgewater College sign guaranteed admission agreement

From Augusta Free Press January 11, 2020:

Bridgewater College and Oak Hill Academy have entered into a partnership to support their shared goal of creating clear pathways to success for their students.

The guaranteed admission agreement, signed Dec. 2, 2019, by Bridgewater President Dr. David W. Bushman and Oak Hill Principal Todd Giszack, guarantees that students at Oak Hill, a coeducational college preparatory school located in Grayson County, who meet all BC requirements in place at the time of the application will be admitted to the college.

In addition, the Oak Hill students will receive a $26,000 McKinney ACE scholarship with a total value of $104,000 over eight semesters, along with an Out-of-State Incentive Scholarship or the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant, depending on the student’s state of residency.

Guaranteed admission agreements are often seen among two-year and four-year higher education institutions (such as the guaranteed admission agreement between Blue Ridge Community College and Bridgewater College signed in April 2019) to help establish a pipeline of qualified students. Jarret Smith, Director of Admissions at Bridgewater College, said the college will continue to explore similar partnerships with regional private schools whose students understand the benefits associated with a private school education.

Oak Hill Academy Principal Todd Giszack, who initially contacted Bridgewater about establishing the admission agreement, said the partnership will be attractive to both current and prospective Oak Hill students.

“We are really excited about this partnership with Bridgewater College and believe there will be great interest in this among our students,” Giszack said. “One hundred percent of our student body is admitted here because we believe they can be successful in college and in our college preparatory curriculum.”

Giszack said Oak Hill, which serves students in grades 8-12, will counsel current and prospective students and their families about the admission agreement with Bridgewater and its benefits. He said Oak Hill students often flourish at smaller, private liberal arts colleges, in environments similar to their high school education. Per the GAA, Bridgewater College admissions representatives will visit the Oak Hill campus up to three times a year to speak with prospective students and to share more information about the college.

“This partnership is an ideal fit because both Bridgewater and Oak Hill Academy have long histories of enrolling students who are looking to build connections for life,” said Bridgewater College Vice President for Enrollment Management Michael Post. “It recognizes our shared goal to enhance access to high-quality education at the high school and college levels.”

Oak Hill Academy is a coeducational, college preparatory boarding school located in Grayson County, Va., that serves approximately 150 students in grades 8-12. Established in 1878, the school attracts students from 13 countries and 27 U.S. states and Puerto Rico.

Bridgewater College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Founded in 1880, it was the state’s first private, coeducational college. Today, Bridgewater College is home to nearly 1,800 undergraduate students.

OHA student commended by National Merit Scholarship Program

Will ’20 after the presentation.

The President of Oak Hill Academy, a historic college prep boarding school in southwestern Virginia, announced today that 12th grader William H. of Severna Park, Maryland, has been named a Commended Student in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. President Michael Groves noted that this recognition requires a student’s PSAT score to be among the best in the nation. Heard’s score placed him among the top 2% of all test takers.

A spokesperson for the NMSP commented that “Those being named ‘Commended Students’ have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success. These students represent a valuable national resource. Recognizing their accomplishments as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

The 2019-20 year is Will’s second at Oak Hill Academy. The framed commendation certificate was presented to Will by Dr. Groves at the school’s morning assembly Friday, September 27. The OHA school community congratulates Will on this amazing accomplishment!

How does boarding school motivate, engage, and help students become successful?

A structured, personal environment where academic and character growth is nurtured helps develop students’ self-confidence to express themselves and move toward their goals.  Small, college-prep classes address learning styles and engage students at a level they may be missing in their current school’s environment. Oak Hill Academy’s supportive approach fosters competency and academic achievement. By giving students enough responsibility to achieve a sense of independence in a safe, supervised, and motivating setting, our boarding high school often becomes the place where fear, being hesitant or easily influenced by peers in a negative way are replaced with determination and mature decision-making processes.  We are proud of the pivotal, life-changing transformations experienced here at Oak Hill. These changes happen in part because students are encouraged to experiment and develop their own leadership styles.  There are numerous campus leadership positions available such as Honor Court member, ambassador, dorm assistant, and club/activity officers. Additionally, many of our students develop interpersonal skills and service leadership through peer interactions, being peer tutors, and acting as mentors for younger students.  A new environment can be a “turning point,” and is an opportunity to break old patterns. Oak Hill Academy allows students to redefine themselves in a fresh and supportive setting.

We invite you to schedule a campus tour to experience, for yourself, the special community here in the beautiful mountains of Southwestern Virginia.  If you would like to discuss how Oak Hill Academy may become the Turning Point for your student, please contact the Admission Office today.

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