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March 2021 Update from Student Affairs

OHA’s Director of Student Affairs welcomes spring and offers words of encouragement for the final push.

River runners

Spring officially arrived this past weekend, and we are finally seeing its signs here on “The Hill.” The daffodils are blooming, the weeping willows are greening, and the forsythias are budding yellow. Sunday I took a group of students on a hike to the New River, and a few brave (or foolish?) ones actually jumped in. The positive mood on campus seems directly proportional to the warming weather and lengthening daylight.

It is hard to believe we are less than four weeks from graduation and the end of the semester. Things seem to speed up here on campus in the final weeks as we fill the calendar with end-of-year picnics, softball games, campus runs, award ceremonies, and final exam preparation. But of course, as Dr. Groves often reminds us, April 17th is not here yet. We encourage our students not to count the days, but to “make the days count.” Our students have put in months of hard work, and the final push is the most important. Stay on track, keep your eyes on the prize, finish strong – our language is full of clichés and phrases about ending well, because it is important how we end, and often what we are remembered for in the years to come.

Zach’s getting the work done

I am proud of our students, proud of this resilient group of teenagers who have faced challenges like few other generations. As I have said before, we have not just weathered and survived this year together, we have thrived. In the midst of a global pandemic, we have remained in person, learning and growing together as a community when much of the outside world has been in upheaval. #Together has been our school’s theme for the year. Through ups and downs, disappointments and joys, we’ve navigated this year together, and grown stronger.

I’m sure we are all looking forward to summer, to rest, and to family. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves quite yet; let’s enjoy the final leg of the journey and finish what we’ve started.

Mr. Aaron Butt
Director of Student Affairs
Oak Hill Academy

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.

Contact Information

Oak Hill Academy
2635 Oak Hill Rd.
Mouth of Wilson, Virginia 24363

Phone Number  276-579-2619

Administrative Office Fax Number  276-579-4722

Academic Office Fax Number  276-579-2618

Principal
Mr. Todd Giszack
tgiszack@oak-hill.net

Director of Student Affairs
Mr. Aaron Butt
butta@oak-hill.net

Dean of Boys
Mr. Luke Peace
lpeace@oak-hill.net

Dean of Girls
Ms. Ashley Smith
asmith@oak-hill.net

Director of Financial Affairs
Mrs. Rhonda Bowen
rbowen@oak-hill.net

Student Expense Accounts
Mrs. Elly Tucker
etucker@oak-hill.net

Student Tuition Accounts
Mrs. Laura Phipps
lphipps@oak-hill.net

Transportation Coordinator
Mrs. Regina Cooper
rcooper@oak-hill.net

Director of Counseling
Mrs. Joy Groves, MA, LPC, NCC
jgroves@oak-hill.net

Academy Nurse
Ms. Betsy Anderson
Mrs. Anita Perkins
nurse@oak-hill.net

For additional contact info., visit the Faculty & Staff Directory.