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Mars Hill Academy

Private | K-12 | 336 students

MHA is best known for being Cincinnati's only classical Christian school!

 
 

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Posted December 17, 2013

We have been very pleased with Mars Hill. We enrolled our three children when we moved to town a few years ago. We're now in our third year, having experienced grades K - 7, and are so thankful for this school! Our teachers have been exceptional and have taken the time to really learn our students and how best to help them academically and personally through character development. We feel like we have a true partnership with our teachers when it comes to nurturing our children. Now that we have a 7th grader, we are even more impressed with the program and how the students are being challenged to apply their knowledge, think critically and articulate themselves clearly. We highly recommend Mars Hill Academy. It has been a blessing to our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2013

Choosing Mars Hill for our children's education is not a matter of finding the best academics or even a Christian worldview, although both are strongly present at MHA. Rather, we choose Mars Hill because of its life training centered on Christ and His Kingdom. Our children observe Godly character from the staff on a daily basis. Being in the same building with older students, my children see what it means to serve and sacrifice for others, and the students often exemplify the characteristics we wish to see in our children's eventual life-long mate. Being products of government schools and big-box Christian schools, we would not choose either for our children. MHA is not perfect, nor will you find a school that is, but the alternatives do not compare. Since starting MHA 7 years ago, we have seen the school graduate at least 1 National Merit Scholar almost every year. We have seen graduates receive PhDs or MDs, go to the mission field, and marry Godly mates. As far as we're concerned, a school that supports what we teach at home and fosters an environment of love and grace, while also being academically rigorous, we cannot choose a better school for our children than MHA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

My child was not happy in this school. My child attended 4th grade in 2012-2013 and was bullied by other students in the class. The girls were especially mean. They used to rate everyone in the class and making fun of the "low" ranked kids. The teachers and parents acted as if they didn't know. So, these are not the values I want to teach my child. On the other hand, the academics were not superb. Math is average compared to other private schools in this area, there is a lot of repetitive work done in English, artwork is very limited, no foreign languages offered. Latin was good. We found a wonderful school for this year where my child has blossomed again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2013

We have had experience for 5 yrs with MHA. It would likely be a real challenge to adapt if a child was coming from a chaotic/ permissive background, but our children began here and are always excited for the next year to begin. The teachers truly care about and take the time to know each child, and never act like they know the children better than the parents do. They have strict behavioral/ academic standards but are very clear on these expectations before your child is enrolled, so it should be no surprise. Depending on the child, this could be a great fit or not - if a child is prone to anxiety, the structure could be a blessing or an unhealthy added stressor. For our kids, it's been wonderful in every way. Academics are important, but the best part is the enthusiasm/ dedication the teachers bring to the class, as well as the huge emphasis on character. Every teacher we have had contact with has been joyful, loving, calm, supremely professional, qualified and organized, and HUMBLE! We love the quality of the classical education, but mostly are thankful the teachers model the character we're trying to instill at home and we don't have to fight the culture there at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2013

Basic academics are strong but limited by a harsh learning environment and no access to technology. After several years of attending had to reconsider as my children began to develop fear in attending school and anxiety over possible punishment. Would recommend caution and repeat school visits before enrolling your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2013

After public school and home schooling, we feel incredibly blessed to have found Mars Hill. The school's dedication to "Truth, Beauty and Goodness" shines through in everything from art to athletics to academics. The teachers are amazing as they point my children toward Christ in every subject they learn. My children love Mars Hill, and that means so much to me as a parent. We are so grateful to have Ohio's only accredited K-12 classical and Christian school right here in Cincinnati!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2013

After trying another private school in the area and homeschooling for a few years, we're so thankful to have found Mars Hill Academy. It's exactly what we were looking for. Our kids are learning incredible things and being challenged to become young men of character. The teachers are wonderful and the classical model of education really works! Stop in and visit a classroom and you will be amazed at what you see. We love Mars Hill!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2013

If all I cared about was academics then my children would still be attending this school. The atmosphere is rigid and not at all warm like you would expect from a Christian school. Our children had issues with bullying and the school did nothing. Not only that but children are spanked and the parents are not allowed a say in whether the punishment is valid. Would not recommend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2012

We enrolled our 2 kids at MHA as 4th and 7th graders. SInce MHA requires Latin class starting at 4th grade, (hence the average ACT score of 29 since 2003) our 7th grader had 3 years of Latin to learn before starting. That sounds profoundly daunting, but it actually wasn't! She took their summer course for 3 weeks over the summer and a couple meetings with a student/tutor from MHA, and was then able to start the 7th grade completely caught up. We were coming from public school, and the transition was smooth thanks to the loving teachers as well as the welcoming classmates. In fact, that's what the kids commented on first, "The kids are so nice!"
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2012

We have been at Mars Hill Academy for 7 years (3 children currently and we'll add one more next year). You will not find a school in Cincinnati with better Biblical character training or the intentional integration of faith with academic excellence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2012

Our daughters attend Mars Hill, and they are thriving. They were in public schools and were miserable bored and unchallenged. I had never heard of the classical education model until I visited MHA, but one visit was all I needed. The teachers are passionate about their students and God, and Christian ideals rule in the classroom. They are so knowledgeable about the subjects they teach, they make learning enjoyable. There are no VCRs in these classrooms the teachers actually teach! While it is challenging, it is not a school for the gifted. As one teacher said to me, We raise the bar of learning, and they meet it! And every subject is taught through the lens of God s greatness. We are convinced our investment in this schools is one of the wisest decisions we have made!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2011

Fantastic! Great education in a balanced Christian environment. This is our third year at MHA. I'd highly recommend visiting the school and sitting in a class. The education is excellent and the environment reinforces respect and kindness. This classical and Christian school is a rare gift the greater Cincinnati area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2011

I have three children going to MHA for the fifth year. The teachers and staff have consistantly showed their faithfulness in training the children to be keen thinkers, grounded in Faith and men of character. MHA is more than a school... It's a community where parents grow and learn together with other parents and their children to be better parents. It has been a tremendous blessing for our family to be part of the MHA community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2009

Mars Hill does a particularly thorough job of providing the information and skills that K-8 students need to excel in High School and College.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2009

Mars Hill is the best school in all areas. Teachers/administration are stellar, academic standards are high & the culture of the school is priceless. Whne I visited I thought, 'is this school for real'. It is! Highly recommend this school for anyone who wants the next best thing to homeschooling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2009

Mars Hill is one of the best Classical schools in the north and is definitely one of the better Christian schools in Cincinnati. What sets Mars Hill apart from other schools in general is its total and complete approach to education. The 'Classical' approach involves memorization in the early grades, and develops children as they mature. Contrary to popular belief, Mars Hill Academy is not an elitist school for the genius, perfectly behaved student. The child will be gently eased into the system of discipline. This school is also not a 'playground for the rich'. Many families sacrifice much to send their kids to Mars Hill. This fact testifies to the overall excellence of education received here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 13, 2009

I have a son that attended Mars Hill Academy for Four Years. During the fourth year, they moved him forward to the 4th grade. All were in agreement. However, my son began to act out. At the school's request we took him to a doctor's and he was diagnosed with Aspergers. There were some who came aside and made an effort to assist. However, the overall response was tepid at best. If you are in the market for a great prep school and your child is maintenance free 'then this maybe the school for you'. However, if after three years of no problems and then the onset of technical difficulties' Christian charity goes by the wayside and do not mess with the product. Mars Hill Academy has established itself very well as a elitist school. Truth, Beauty, and Goodness?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2008

Mars Hill Academy is the finest Christian school in Ohio. For those who are looking for a Biblical culture within the school setting, along with a tried and true approach to academic stewardship, I highly recommend investigating the possibility of attending MHA (marshill.edu).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2008

We have 4 children at Mars Hill and are very satisfied with what our children are being taught and the rigor of the instruction. The school reinforces a great deal of respect. We are very pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2004

My three kids have been at Mars Hill since its second year. (It is now finishing its eighth year.) We have been most pleased with the excellent teachers who expect and get a high level of accomplishment from the students. The students are truly taught how to think and how to express their thoughts verbally and on paper. The 'classical approach' of grammar, logic, and rhetoric really works! I also appreciate the Christian world view taught at Mars Hill. The kids are taught orthodox Christianity and to think critically of the times that we find ourselves in. Everything that is done, from academics to basketball to the spring outing (a fancy name for a day of capture the flag), is done to honor God.
—Submitted by a parent


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College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Public
Home School
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Hillsdale College
Grove City College
Wheaton College
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
German
Hebrew
Spanish
Greek
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
School facilities
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Kitchen
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30
School end time
  • 3:00
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Roger Wismer Headmaster
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • Association of Classical and Christian Schools
Fax number
  • (513) 770-3443

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • classical
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Religious
  • Science
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Jump Rope
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
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
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • www.marshill.edu
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Home School

What does it cost?

Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Hillsdale College
Grove City College
Wheaton College
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 100%
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4230 Aero Drive
Mason, OH 45040
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Phone: (513) 770-3223

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