Greetings from “The Hill!” The Oak Hill Academy enrollment cycle is in full swing as we enter the early part of July. We will be accepting applications and considering quality applicants, for whom we appear to be a good fit, through July and into August in preparation for our 139th year. Our smaller summer school, in session through July 22, presents the best opportunity to visit campus with students present this summer. Let’s take a quick look at what to expect from a campus tour.
No two tours are the same and there is not a strict agenda I follow when conducting campus visits. My priority is to have you meet as many students, faculty and administration as possible because I feel that, while visitors enjoy the stunning Blue Ridge mountain views, it is the people who make the biggest impact. I’ve heard our campus described as a miniature college campus and, to some, we feel like a small town.
A campus tour will include a golf-cart driving tour of both the boys’ and girls’ sides of campus with stops to see dorm rooms, social areas, the Fletcher Chapel and Young’s Chapel Baptist Church. Then, it is on to the English Academic Building where we will be joined by a student ambassador who will take you around various classes. Don’t be surprised by the friendliness of our faculty and students (they vividly remember the nerves they felt on their tour and make a huge effort to make students feel welcome).
Following a meeting with our academic leadership (Principal, Guidance Counselor), it is usually on to lunch where we will undoubtedly be joined by several students. After lunch, I typically invite a couple of students to show the prospective student some of the social areas including the Alumni Campus Store and workout facilities. Along the way, expect to be greeted and have short conversations with everyone from our Head of School to various faculty, resident managers, and of course, more students. It really is a comprehensive, low pressure, friendly schedule.
The wrap up of a tour usually involves a sit down with the family and applicant to discuss their impressions, goals for themselves, and where they see the opportunities at Oak Hill Academy. Done correctly, the interview is more of a conversation.
To schedule your tour of Oak Hill Academy, please contact the Admission Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (276) 579-2619. Our availability is very flexible.