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Small Boarding School Creates Connectedness

Connection. As a small boarding school, Oak Hill Academy has the rare opportunity to foster face-to-face, personal relationships among students, families, and our faculty and staff. Shared goals, shared experiences, and a 24/7 shared environment allow for interaction...

From the Principal: Oak Hill Academy’s 24/7 Classroom includes Vaping Education

At Oak Hill Academy our campus is our classroom.  Beyond academic achievement, honing the basic principles of self-care and good decision making is among the most valuable behavioral gains for students at small boarding schools.  While these traits aren’t visible on a...

Learning Issues Series: Executive Functioning Skills

Executive Functioning Skills Most students in grades 8-12, like most adults, struggle to navigate the flood of information swirling around them and often feel overwhelmed by it all. Input from multiple directions pummels today’s students at a rate previously unknown. ...

Boarding School helping to establish a sense of belonging and being known

Belonging & Being Known What does it mean to belong and how can we provide our children with a sense of belonging? Even from a young age, children scan their environment looking for a place of safety and security—a place where they are valued and accepted.  Over...

Oak Hill’s fall magazine is out: The Arrow

In this issue, read and see how our small boarding school started its 141st year! This issue also profiles our new faculty and staff, and honors those who have retired. There is a blurb about our upcoming Homecoming, and a report on last summer's Alumni Weekend. The...

Join OHA on Reddit and “Ask Me Anything!”

  Oak Hill Academy is hosting an AMA, which stands for “Ask Me Anything” on the subreddit /r/IAmA. In our post we will be responding to your questions. We’d love to have you participate in our AMA. Our panelists for this AMA are Dr. Michael Groves, our President;...

Admission Open House to be held October 14th

There’s no better time than fall to visit the mountains! We invite prospective students and their families to experience Oak Hill Academy for themselves as we showcase our community on Monday, October 14th (Columbus Day), from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m....

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...

High School Boarding School for Academic and Personal Growth

Are you looking for a high school boarding option for your struggling student?  Do these struggles stem from learning differences or self-esteem issues? These types of internal battles can wreak havoc on motivation and success for any high school student, and...

Elements of OHA Structure: Highlighting “Quiet Time”

We talk to prospective students and parents a lot about the structured and supportive boarding school environment we offer at Oak Hill Academy. To facilitate academic and personal growth in our students, we create a framework made up of components like the one Mr....

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Small Boarding School Creates Connectedness

Connection. As a small boarding school, Oak Hill Academy has the rare opportunity to foster face-to-face, personal relationships among students, families, and our faculty and staff. Shared goals, shared experiences, and a 24/7 shared environment allow for interaction...

Reclaimed OHA chair offered as raffle prize

This year's juniors, under the direction of their advisor, Mr. Brian Bunn, have hand-restored this chair, once used in the OHA dormitories. It now is offered as the prize in a raffle fundraiser. Proceeds will be added to those of the Spring Parents' Days Silent...

From the Principal: Oak Hill Academy’s 24/7 Classroom includes Vaping Education

At Oak Hill Academy our campus is our classroom.  Beyond academic achievement, honing the basic principles of self-care and good decision making is among the most valuable behavioral gains for students at small boarding schools.  While these traits aren’t visible on a...

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Oak Hill Academy: Small Boarding School Environment Promoting Leadership and Community

Throughout the year, Oak Hill Academy students participate in community service events throughout our Southwestern Virginia area.  Many of the service projects are created by our students with the goal of making an impact on our school community.  Through this focus...

Student Leadership Training

This summer Oak Hill Academy invited a group of returning students to come back to school early for 2018-19 to participate in a one-day leadership training program.  More than twenty students accepted the invitation, and shortened their summer vacations to return to...

Oak Hill Academy Boarding School is an Opportunity to Learn Leadership and Become Who You Are

One of the biggest benefits of attending boarding school, especially a small boarding school, is the opportunity for self-discovery and deep personal development that comes with being an engaged member of a community.  At Oak Hill Academy, developing leadership in our...

Oak Hill Academy Leadership Students learn from their college counterparts

Last Saturday morning, the Leadership Group at Oak Hill Academy participated in a seminar conducted by representatives of Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. The four presenters included two CNU Fellows (graduated last year) and 2 freshmen who...

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October on “The Hill” brings the Harvest Festival

By Senior Journalism students AJ B. and Ramsey R. Oak Hill Academy’s Harvest Festival is a fun annual event! This year's festival was held October 26th at Noonkester Park on campus. Some people dressed up in costumes, including Eva ’20, Andie ’21 and Campbell ’21...

Warrior Spirit Reigns as Basketball Season Kicks Off

by Senior Journalism student AJ B. Historic Turner Gymnasium and home of Steve Smith Court on the campus of Oak Hill Academy was filled with cheering students during a pep rally October 24th to mark the launch the 2019-20 Warrior Basketball Season. Not your typical...

OHA Seniors take time to team-build and bond

by Senior Journalism students AJ B. and Ramsey R. Every October, the Oak Hill Academy senior class spends one fall Wednesday away from campus while the rest of OHA's students take the College Board's PSAT. During their time off ‘The Hill,’ the students bond through a...

Get the latest OHA news by “Word of Mouth.” The year’s first issue is out!

From the Word of Mouth staff and sponsor, Ms. Mikki Haas: Welcome to the Word of Mouth, our student newspaper, now in its 14th season! The newspaper staff hopes that you enjoy their hard work. Featured in this issue are the newest members of the Faculty and Staff, as...

OHA Soccer fights hard to the finish in home opener

By Senior Journalism students AJ B. and Ramsey R. The Oak Hill Academy soccer team played their home opener against Providence Academy from Johnson City, TN, on Monday, September 30. The match was filled with excitement as the teams traded the lead five times. Justin...

OHA Equestrian Team makes bright showing at first horse show of the year

by Journalism student AJ B. '20 The Oak Hill Academy Equestrian Team participates in horse shows throughout the school year. The first show for the 2019-20 team took place in Ivanhoe, Virginia, on Saturday, September 28th. Competing in the Southwest Virginia Fall Fun...

First “Warrior Wednesday” kicks off activity initiative

by Senior Journalism students AJ B. and Ramsey R. The newest tradition at Oak Hill Academy is “Warrior Wednesday,” which is an initiative brainstormed by the Dean of Student Affairs, Mr. Aaron Butt. The purpose is to be active and be involved. All students participate...

Excitement at the Girls’ Volleyball Home Opener

by Journalism students AJ B. '20 and Ramsey R. '20 The Oak Hill Academy Lady Warriors Volleyball Team took the home court September 10th in its season opening match against Appalachian Christian Academy from Rural Retreat, Virginia. Turner Gymnasium was filled with...

President’s “Welcome to OHA” Picnic and Advisory Competition

by Journalism student AJ B. '20 On Saturday, August 30th, all of the Oak Hill Academy community gathered in the Mississippi Pavilion next to Lake Samuella at Noonkester Park. Mrs. Groves asked a blessing on all gathered, and prayed over the food. Students, with the...

Fourth Quarter Student Newspaper is out!

Read about Youth Sunday, the Spring Play, and Spring Sports on "the Hill" in the last of the 2018-19 issues of "Word of Mouth," the Oak Hill Academy student newspaper.

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