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President’s Welcome

Welcome to the Oak Hill Academy website.  For generations parents and students from around the U.S. and the world have discovered and made their way to our boarding school in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Like a hidden gem, Oak Hill Academy has become the answer for those parents who find themselves asking one of life’s most frustrating questions:  Where can I find a school that will enable my child to realize his/her untapped potential?  You need a turning point for your child. You have found Oak Hill Academy.

We believe strongly in our school and it is my hope that our website can provide for you a healthy and transparent glimpse of Oak Hill Academy.  Through the various links and pages you will learn what makes OHA such a unique boarding school:  academic success through student accountability; athletic success through excellent sports and training programs; a fresh start for those needing a new environment; a school that is simultaneously traditional, relevant, and personal.  These are the mainstays of our school.

We know it can be challenging to replicate on a digital screen the many subtleties of a vibrant campus.  Yet I hope—through words expressed and images presented—that you capture a tangible feel for daily life on “the hill.”  A proud confidence in our program and our highly experienced staff; the consistent and healthy focus on our mission; how our rural setting actually serves to enhance our mission; the thoughtful consideration given to school policies and how our students benefit from a carefully maintained balance of nurture and structure; the genuine devotion we have for our community and our diverse student body; the wide range of programs we provide for such a small student population, ensuring attention, accountability, and self-reliance.

Our school is likely to be located many miles from you.  We are safely tucked away from the distractions that can affect teens so dramatically.  Through this website we seek to minimize the distance and transport our rural campus to you personally.  So, welcome to the Oak Hill Academy website.  We are a school, a community, a place for students to grow and to become their very best.  We are Oak Hill Academy, we are the Turning Point.

Michael D. Groves, Ph.D.