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698 Cox Creek Parkway
Florence, AL 35630

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May 09, 2015
As a former students, this is a very "cliquish" school. Students form their friendships around what churches they attend. If you are not a member of the Church of Christ, you will not be friends with most of kids. What is more disturbing, faculty and admin make no attempt to protect young female students from the advances of high school boys. While I was a student, a 6th grade girl was consistently harassed by a 12th grade boy for a date. 7th and 8th grade girls were targets for 11th and 12th grade boys. During my 7th grade year, I was so obsessively pursued by a 12th grade boy that I would stay in the bathroom and hide during lunch rather than risk seeing him. Admin and faculty never once told students that they were there to support students about such issues outside of class. In fact, sometimes the faculty themselves harassed female students. One coach who taught 7th and 8th grade subjects was very cruel to females in class. This school may be fine for some, but I have very sad memories of being here. Even after attending a huge urban public high school in another state, I got more encouragement and support from faculty and admin there than I did here.

- submitted by a student

December 25, 2014
My children, from an average income family, attended Mars Hill Bible school k-12, made top grades in college, graduated from college with honors, received graduate degrees and obtained professional high paying jobs. Mars Hills stats of following their graduates, their college degrees, and professional jobs represents the high achievements of their students. Public education has done a better PR job yet educationally, Mars Hill stands FAR above the norm.

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June 08, 2014
Probably the most affordable private Christian school around. A true school of excellence in all aspects. Small classes but students receive millions of dollars in scholarships each year and are recognized as top-performers at the next level. The Christian environment is excellent. These graduates are also equipped biblically and serve in churches all over the U.S. So thankful my parents sacrificed to send me,and now I am sacrificing to send my children. No other choice but Mars Hill Bible School.

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April 22, 2014
Totally disorganized ! Children of alumni and wealthy catered to. Teachers are loving but lack in teaching anything other than bible. Facilities and technology need major upgrades. Not worth 6500 dollar tuition.

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March 27, 2014
This school is all about status and thats it. To pay such high tuition for a mediocre education is ludicrous. Also, I have never felt so judged by parents of other children as well as teachers as I have here. School functions are reminiscent of the movie "mean girls" and it is absurd that a Christian school would be so full of such hypocrisy.

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August 06, 2013
My daughter ha been at the preschool for three years now. I was elated to get the lat available spot for her. The teachers are loving and they have a fantastic curriculum. I am a teacher and could not be happier with my choice. My daughter is learning more than I would have expected at her age. She is also learning character values that she needs and are lacking in the public school where I teach because the only focus is testing!

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June 10, 2013
I am VERY POSITIVE about MHBS and I must offer a rebuttal for some of the comments that have been posted. First, MHBS does not offer the EXIT EXAM because the Alabama Department of Education WILL NOT provide the exam to private schools. You will find that this is the case at ALL private schools in the state. Second, to those who said MHBS does not provide quality academic training. You have to BE KIDDING! Each year the senior class has an average of 45 people and they earn over $1 million in scholarships! Third, to those that say MHBS does not offer what the major public high school in our area offers...you are exactly right. A school like MHBS who has 175 students (9-12) cannot offer the same things as a huge high school. What MHBS DOES offer is an environment where your child can learn about GOD, be taught by godly people, AND succeed academically. MHBS is the ONLY choice for private education in the Shoals area!

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June 06, 2013
Mars Hill holds a very special place in my heart. It is where I met my wife & best friend, classmates who remain lifelong close friends, and where I received a solid Christian education from teachers who really cared about their students. I have very fond memories of the years I spent at Mars Hill, and my wife & I are very thankful to God for continuing to provide us a way to send our children to Mars Hill too. It was very important to us when we decided to have children to be able to continue the legacy our parents began by raising second generation Mars Hill graduates. Mars Hill is without a doubt, truly a great school.

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December 27, 2011
My husband and toured the daycare and were very impressed with the cleanliness of the facility and teachers. However, the lady we spoke with regarding admissions could not give us a definite yes on availability seven months out. When asked at what point would she know when they would know either way, she could not answer. So I am still unclear why I would pay the registration fee and complete the application if I can't even get a straight answer or a guess either way. She seemed annoyed by questions so we have decided this is not the best fit for our baby's child care. We are pleased we have found a comparable daycare with a very friendly and open staff and management.

- submitted by a community member

August 17, 2011
Sheltered my foot! Songs from Glee and Rent. Please! Poor choices for a Bible School. Songs from these two shouldn't be allowed becuase of the very fact that these two promote a lifestyle that most Christians don't agree with.

- submitted by a parent

March 09, 2011
MHBS is an excellent school! My son has attended MHBS for two years and the teachers, staff and principal (Mr.Derr) have been wonderful!

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June 06, 2010
This school is very disappointing, both academically and morally. The school is about 2 years behind that of other area schools, yes their test scores are high but only because the teachers spoon feed the students the answers and alot of the scores are not from core subjects but from secondary subjects. No extra academic clubs to join in k-8 only band chorus and a play. teachers choose to teach down rather than challenge, sat subtest are outdated. Alot of students do not have the behavior that should come from a christian school, their parents would be in shock to see how they behave at school, the school does not notify parents when students are placed in detention they leave it to the child to inform the parent so most parents at this school have know idea what the students behavior has become.

- submitted by a parent

August 21, 2009
I am a grandparent to two boys at MHBS. Last year was first experience. Christians parents, children and teachers. God Bless You MHBS

- submitted by a community member

August 15, 2009
I am a former student, and not very proud to say so. I went to Mars Hill from k-8, and I am so happy that I made the decision to go to a public school. If I hadn't switched, I don't know where I would be today. When I entered High School in the public system, I was behind on Math and English. So any of you who question the academics, go figure. Also, the school doesn't even have an exit exam like most high schools do.. what would one have to say about this? The SAT tests are all old, and not updated, and there is not much offered like there is in the public system. It's also true about fitting a certain mold to be accepted. I feel like it's a little conformist society within itself. Kids wont get an opportunity to branch out unless they leave the school.

- submitted by a student

July 24, 2009
My children are graduates of Mars Hill and we as parents feel l very blessed that we were able to send them for 12 years.

- submitted by a parent

October 02, 2008
I am a former student, with children two children that have finished at Mars Hill and one that we pulled. I can say that if you aren't someone then don't bother. I have two students with learning difficulties and they not only disregard but they try and run you off. Kenny Barfield has been a big disappointment, he preaches one thing and does another. My children weren't prepared for college, the teachers spoon-feed the children.

- submitted by a parent

June 27, 2008
As a recent graduate, I must agree somewhat with the negative reviews of the school. Mars Hill was a place all about having connections with the right people. The choices of electives were extremely poor. Looking back, it would have been best if I had left MH after middle school and experienced high school at a real school. Mars Hill is going down hill fast. Pardon the pun. The Kenny Barfield/Laurie Mitchell administration is the reason.

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May 05, 2008
I am a Mars Hill parent and just wanted to point out a few things to all those who in their ratings have questioned the sheltered environment and lack of academic offerings. Yes, you are exactly right , MH offers a sheltered environment and by the way, I have never seen a graduate that suffered dramatic effects from 'cultural shock'. Our culture today is awful and I am grateful to have a school where my kids can be 'shocked' when it comes to what the world has to offer. Secondly, to those who have posted that MH does not offer as much academically as do the public schools. For you, three words...check the scores! MH continues to outscore every private and public schools in the Florence area including Lauderdale and Colbert county on the ACT and SAT.

- submitted by a parent

April 09, 2008
I have a child at Mars Hill but am also a former student. We have been very pleased with the teachers and principal. We like the way the parents all work together and feel more like a family. We feel like it is a safe trusting enviroment when our children have to be away from us all day.

- submitted by a parent
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October 25, 2007
If i had it to do over my child would have never when to that school, because the other students with connections were given special treatment, it's not what you know but who you know, only good thing i can say was the lunches were catered and hot, not worth the money, way behind in teaching standards, and could care less if your child gets it or not. Ok if you are a baseball, or soccer, basketball, tennis, golf player. Sad!

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August 02, 2007
Aa a former student I must say that Mars Hill very well prepared me for college and even graduate school. It is a sheltered environment and I say 'Thanks for to my parents for sheltering me!'. I learned enough of the 'real world' on my own. Like any school students have to reach out to be challenged or particiapte in extracurricular activities. There were and are challenging activities such as debate that you find in few public schools. Excellent school in a world of non-praying, trooubled schools.

- submitted by a student

November 16, 2006
As a past student of Mars Hill I find that the academics are not very challenging and have not in any way prepared me for what I faced in college or life for that matter. If you are looking for a safe, sheltered environment where your children will learn to think inside a box, then this is the school for you. Having said that, the teachers really are amazing, caring people, but they almost help out the students too much.

- submitted by a student

July 19, 2006
My experience has been that Mars Hill is very overrated. I believe if you are looking for a very sheltered enviroment this is for you. I found that the public schools have more to offer and more possiblities for the whole child.

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October 19, 2005
I have 3 children at Mars Hill and have experienced up through the 6th grade. The school is fantastic and the teachers are dedicated Christians. If I have a problem, the principle and teachers have always worked with me. The thing I treasure most about MHBS is that the teachers impress Christian values on the children when the world is tempting them to walk another way. My husband and I put such a high value on MHBS that it's the only reason I work outside the home.

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June 29, 2005
I am a student at Mars Hill, and love it. The staff really cares about the students, and make us feel special. My friends are wonderful, and everyone fits in. No one gets made fun of in a hurtful way, and we all enjoy school. I especially like the music program at MHBS. I love Mars Hill!

- submitted by a student

April 29, 2005
A great shool if your kids fit the very specific mold of kid they're trying to produce. Liberals, free-thinkers, or nonconformists need not apply. Very limited range of studies and sheltered environment results in amazing culture shock when venturing out into the real world.

- submitted by a student

November 22, 2004
As a MHBS alumna I am proud to call Mars Hill my alma mater! There is no place on earth with as committed and dedicated faculty and staff as there is at Mars Hill! Mars Hill well prepared me for the college experience, putting me well ahead of my peers at my University!

- submitted by a student

September 15, 2004
I think the school and the faculty are wonderful. I wish all schools were so caring and still have such wonderful acedemic sucess. I am more than impressed. You child is treasured there like you would want them to be.

- submitted by a parent

May 22, 2004
A caring Christian environment in which to learn.

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August 26, 2003
One of the best kept secrets in North Alabama! SAT and ACT scores above local, state, and national average. A safe environment, caring and qualified teachers. What more could a parent ask for?

- submitted by a parent

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Mars Hill Bible School
698 Cox Creek Parkway, Florence, AL  35630
(256) 767-1203
Last modified Mars Hill Bible School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Mars Hill Bible School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top