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OHA Offers Learning Support

Imagine being a non-swimmer on a boat full of strong swimmers. All of a sudden the boat springs a leak and begins to sink.  In the initial panic, you find that there’s only one life preserver on board.  Who should get it?  Obviously, you should get it, right?  After...

OHA’s Holistic Approach

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is a theory of human motivation familiar to most educators. The pyramid model image represents the range of human needs. To boil it down, Maslow’s theory suggests that for people to become their best selves, they need to be nourished, safe,...

Oak Hill Academy’s “Wintermester” combats “Brain Drain”

Have you ever heard of “brain drain”?  It’s the phenomenon whereby students “lose” some portion of their academic content knowledge during extended leaves (think summer) from school.  While experts disagree about exactly where this lost knowledge goes or how much of...

Oak Hill Academy wins grant for Environmental Literacy

Principal Todd Giszack is pleased to announce that the Academy applied for and received a significant financial grant from the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's Outdoor Fund. The grant will assist with OHA's Environmental Literacy Initiative (ELI). Last year Oak Hill...

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...

Reopening of School at Oak Hill Academy

July has arrived, and with it, images of “back to school.”  These days, however, the thought of going back to school has taken on a whole new meaning as students and parents alike find themselves missing the familiar routine of daily life.  Families and educators...

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...

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. ...

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Campus Life Update: Highlighting the Deans

One of the defining aspects of Oak Hill Academy’s Residential Life program is our dedicated staff. We are unlike many (if not most) boarding schools across the country. Because at OHA, serving as a resident manager is our staff’s primary job – not just a secondary...

Oak Hill Academy’s “Wintermester” combats “Brain Drain”

Have you ever heard of “brain drain”?  It’s the phenomenon whereby students “lose” some portion of their academic content knowledge during extended leaves (think summer) from school.  While experts disagree about exactly where this lost knowledge goes or how much of...

Oak Hill Academy wins grant for Environmental Literacy

Principal Todd Giszack is pleased to announce that the Academy applied for and received a significant financial grant from the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's Outdoor Fund. The grant will assist with OHA's Environmental Literacy Initiative (ELI). Last year Oak Hill...

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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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OHA’s 3rd Interim “Student of Distinction” named!

OHA's Principal, Todd Giszack, recently announced that Landon Fisher of Midland, Texas, has been named our "Student of Distinction" for the 3rd Interim of the 2020-2021 school year. Landon, an 11th-grader, has attended Oak Hill Academy since his 8th grade year and is...

Principal names new OHA Student of Distinction!

OHA Principal Todd Giszack recently announced that Anna N. is OHA's newest "Student of Distinction." Anna is a junior from Greenville, South Carolina. Mr. Giszack noted that Anna is a worthy recipient for the Student for Distinction Award for the second interim.  He...

Principal announces first “Student of Distinction” for 2020-21!

Meet Erin B., a senior from Mouth of Wilson, Virginia. Principal Todd Giszack recently announced that Erin is OHA's newest "Student of Distinction." Erin is a constant source of empathy and encouragement around campus.  Whether she's with her fellow students, the...

Spirit Days conclude with Feats of Strength/OHA Olympics

by Journalism student Darrick J. '20, with photos by Ms. Haas Oak Hill Academy celebrated the close of the Spirit Days competition on February 26th with the Feats of Strength/OHA Olympics event. The contests included five competitions with multiple participants. The...

OHA’s 3rd Quarter “Word of Mouth” is Out!

Read the Winter Sports Edition of the Oak Hill Academy student newspaper, including highlights of Wrestling, Cheer, and White, Red, and Gold Basketball.

New “Student of Distinction” announced for Oak Hill Academy!

Meet Arthurline M., a sophomore from Liberia who is in her second year at Oak Hill Academy. The Principal's Office recently announced that Arthurline is OHA's newest "Student of Distinction." Following are some of the reasons staff members recommended Arthurline for...

Weekly Warrior Outlook for February 24th, 2020

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Spirit Days 2020: Twin Day & Curling

By Senior Journalism students AJ B., Ramsey R., and Darrick J. Wednesday, February 12th, was the second day of the weekly Spirit Days Competition for 2020. Known as “Twin Day,” students, faculty, and staff dressed up in identical outfits. There were actually twins,...

Spirit Days 2020: Minute-to-Win-It Fun & Games

By Senior Journalism students AJ B., Ramsey R. and Darrick J.; photos by M. Haas During February, Oak Hill Academy participates in weekly spirit events. On Wednesday, February 5th, the students, faculty, and staff dressed in pajamas and participated in...

OHA Wrestlers compete at NC meet

The Oak Hill Academy Wrestling Team traveled to Alleghany High School in Sparta, North Carolina, for a quad meet on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. The team competed against host school Alleghany, as well as Elkin High School (NC) and North Surry High School (NC). Round...

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