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Meet Oak Hill Academy’s new “Student of the Week”!

Congratulations to Erin B.!

Erin is a freshman in her first year at Oak Hill Academy. She is from Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, and was nominated for “Student of the Week” distinction with the following statement: “Erin is the consummate student–hard-working, kind and friendly to everyone, and an ongoing positive presence in our community.”

Students are regularly nominated and voted on by the faculty and staff for making notable contributions to Oak Hill Academy campus life.

Oak Hill Academy’s Warriors win 2018 Bass Pro Tournament 1.13.18

Springfield, MO, January 13–In a championship game attended by 10,689 basketball fans, Oak Hill Academy’s Gold Team Warriors defeated La Lumiere of Indiana 78-70 to earn OHA’s third Bass Pro Tournament of Champions title. Oak Hill’s Keyontae Johnson was named tournament MVP. Warriors Keldon Johnson and David McCormack also were selected for the All-Tournament Team. In addition, Darrick Jones of Oak Hill was the winner of the Great Southern Bank Slam Dunk Contest.

Congratulations to the players and coaches!

Photos by USA Today, KTTS News, Randy Kemp of MaxPreps and Chris Parker of

An MLK Day Prayer for the Oak Hill Academy community

Each morning in homeroom at Oak Hill Academy, a prayer to is offered as our school community gathers in Chapel.  Today’s inspiring prayer was given by our Campus Minister, the Rev. Dr. Doug Turnmire.  We are a Baptist boarding school, AND there is tremendous diversity found in our campus community.  This message was delivered and received in the spirit this day deserves.

Heavenly Father,

After much wrestling with the demons of hate and prejudice, after turmoil, riots, and death, I believe you inspired the better nature of enough people of the United States to set aside this day to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.  Help us to be thankful for the bravery of Dr. King, and all those like him who, inspired by the life and death and resurrection of Jesus the Christ, took up their crosses and dared to challenge the unrighteousness of the status quo.  I am thankful for the prophetic voice of Dr. King.  Thankful for his enduring words.  Thanks for all people whose faith in you inspires them to have the moral courage to confront acts of intolerance, bullying, oppression, hatred, racism, sexual harassment, or any act of injustice.

 Forgive our apathy.  Call to judgment our acts of willful ignorance.  Convict our hearts and minds that we may repent of the harm we perpetuate on others.  Cleanse us of our iniquity.  Lead us into the light of your love that we may hold sacred our common humanity.

 I pray these words in your name.  And Amen.



OHA’s Christmas Dinner & Winter Dance 2017

The Sunday evening before first semester exam week is reserved for Oak Hill Academy’s Christmas Dinner and Winter Dance. Students, along with faculty and staff and their families, dress up for a special holiday meal in the Dining Hall, then enter a transformed rec room in Hough Dormitory to dance the night away.

Thank you to Ms. Sargent and the yearbook staff, and Ms. Haas and the newspaper staff for the photos.

Oak Hill Academy: A Virginia Boarding School Promoting Academic and Character Growth

Today’s blog contributor is Director of Student Affairs, Aaron Butt, who illustrates Oak Hill Academy’s daily approach to our mission.  Here is the December Update:


From the Director of Student Affairs:

The Oak Hill campus is quiet as I take walks with my children in the afternoons – everyone is at home for Christmas Break, and I hope you are enjoying a restful, peaceful time with friends and family.  We have finished our first semester, weathered exam week, and grades are posted.

The three weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas were filled with a flurry of events – we had our first significant snowfall of almost 7 inches, and students enjoyed a “snow-cial” on the hill sledding and drinking hot chocolate.  Last weekend was the Christmas dinner and annual winter dance; for me the highlight was watching students in their formal dress linger in the dining hall after our meal, enjoying each other’s company.  The past three weeks have also been full of basketball – students came out many nights to the Turner Gym to support our JV, Red, and Gold teams.

One of the biggest high points of this time of year is hearing about college acceptances.  Regularly in our morning assemblies we hear announcements of students who have been admitted to colleges, and it reminds me of the value and purpose of Oak Hill – to transform young men’s and women’s lives, and put them on a path toward success.  We call ourselves a structured boarding school; a coed, college preparatory school; a place where students can grow, be challenged, and have an opportunity to start fresh.  But these are all just words, and it is a blessing to see these words in action as our seniors start to plan their futures.

As the Director of Student Affairs, one of the things I have been talking with students about is the connection between our structure and academic success.  We limit cell phone usage.  We require promptness, a standard of appearance, and politeness.  We do not tolerate disrespect, and we prohibit certain behaviors.  Why?  Because we believe that there is a connection between these principles and these college acceptances.  Students here are allowed to focus, encouraged to engage, and pushed to reach our high expectations.  Academic success can happen elsewhere, but we believe this is a special place where learning and behavioral needs are acknowledged and addressed, and where students can build patterns that will aid them as they move on to college and beyond.

As we enter January and a new semester, my focus is going to be on the little things—the little, simple things we do each day which define us and show what kind of people we are.  We will emphasize being on time, tucking in shirts, pushing in chairs, being respectful and attentive, coming to class prepared, watching the words that come out of our mouths.  These things all seem small in themselves, but I am convinced that the small decisions we make today define and prepare us for our future.

May you have a blessed, refreshing holiday, and I look forward to seeing our campus full of students again soon!

Aaron Butt, Director of Student Affairs



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

Ms. Cyndie Richardson

Director of Student Affairs
Mr. Aaron Butt

Director of Girls’ Resident Life
Mrs. Katherine Crede

Director of Boys’ Resident Life
Mr. Gary Crede

Director of Financial Affairs
Mrs. Rhonda Bowen

Student Expense Accounts
Mrs. Paula Phelps

Student Tuition Accounts
Mrs. Laura Phipps

Transportation Coordinator
Mrs. Regina Cooper

Director of Counseling
Mrs. Joy Groves

Academy Nurse
Mrs. Betsy Anders
Mrs. Anita Perkins

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