A quick look at the Oak Hill Academy website reveals that we are a school that is very good at meeting students where they are and helping them grow. Most families (and their students) choose Oak Hill Academy because they are seeking a “Turning Point” experience. For many, what that looks like is changing bad study habits and developing a new engagement in school that results in vastly improved grades. For others, that Turning Point comes when they find themselves in challenging and engaging classes–where “floating” is no longer sufficient. What is striking about our students is a shared focus on college readiness, and the desire to open up opportunities for themselves through growth and improved transcripts.
Our college counseling department shares a lot of credit for our successful track record of OHA graduates securing great college and university options. With two counselors working with a graduating class that averages approximately 45 students, there is a high level of personal attention and individualized planning. This contributes greatly to the 95% college acceptance rates Oak Hill Academy seniors have achieved over the last 10 years. To see where our students are going, please see a list of acceptances for the class of 2017 HERE. The number and value of scholarships offered to our students is also impressive. The 2017 class in total earned $2.6M in academic and merit scholarship offers–over and above the $650K in athletic scholarships offered.
Our college acceptance list reveals many prestigious,well-known schools alongside several small schools with which you might not be familiar. The approach in our college counseling department, and with the college-going culture found on our campus, is to “go where you can grow.” There is not a cookie-cutter approach to college applications here. We encourage, and in almost every case, personally guide, students through research, application completion, essay writing, and interview preparation to create possibilities for themselves. We even help our students establish personal relationships with admission professionals through phone calls and campus visits. This year, for example, our senior class completed and submitted more than 283 applications, which have resulted in 162 acceptances for our 39 seniors.
We recently experienced another “first” at Oak Hill Academy. Senior Jackson Redmon, from Montana, received the high honor of an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he will also be playing Division 1 basketball. Jackson has always had a strong academic record and he continued that at Oak Hill Academy by taking college-level courses, the most rigorous of our curriculum, while playing an almost 50-game national schedule on our Gold Team. We are very proud to have been a part of Jackson’s continually developing success story! We wish him well on his academic and athletic journey as he prepares to serve his country. For more on Jackson’s appointment, please see the following press release that appeared on the official website of U.S. Senator from Montana, Steve Daines.
Jackson Redmon with OHA Gold Team
Assistant Coaches Bryan Meagher and Taylor Conn