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Mars Hill Bible School

Private | PK-12 | 530 students

A unique, quality Christian education in a 'family-like' atmosphere.
 
 

 
 

Living in Florence

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $108,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $560.

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Posted June 8, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted March 9, 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 2, 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


Posted 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.


Posted May 5, 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


Posted April 9, 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


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 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 former student


Posted 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 former student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 97% 58%
Black 2% 34%
Hispanic 1% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 10% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 90% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Freed-Hardeman University
University of Alabama
University of North Alabama
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Security personnel
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Excellence in Education/Blue-Ribbon Award (2011)
  • Excellence in Education/Blue-Ribbon Award (2010)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • French
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Clubs
  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Dexter Rutherford
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • Infant
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Church of Christ
Associations
  • NCSA

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Business
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • French
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • Debate
  • Math club
  • National Honor Society
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$6000 - $7000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Freed-Hardeman University
University of Alabama
University of North Alabama
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 10%
4 year college - 90%
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698 Cox Creek Parkway
Florence, AL 35630
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Phone: (256) 767-1203

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