Mars Hill Academy

4230 Aero Drive
Mason, OH 45040-0452
Tel: (513)770-3223
Grades: K-12 | 351 students
One of Cincinnati's premier private K12 schools, Mars Hill Academy, has been serving families of southwestern Ohio since 1996.
MHA is a classical Christian school fully accredited by the Association of Classical and Christian Schools (, an accomplishment achieved by only 33 schools in the United States.
Located in Mason, Ohio, MHA serves some 350 students from six counties in southwestern Ohio - Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Montgomery, and Warren.

School Overview

School Type School with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc. Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS)
Religious Affiliation Other
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten-12
Year Founded 1996

Student Body

Total Students 351 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Mars Hill Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 36 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 10:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 18 students
Number of AP Courses 5 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Average SAT score 1330
Average ACT score 30
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(polos, pants/skirts; ties/jackets for older boys)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Tuition Notes Please see
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director Mrs. Patsy Hall


Total Sports Offered 6 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Soccer, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 6 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Chamber Singers, Choir, Drama, Jump Rope Team, Lego Club, String Orchestra Choir, Drama, Jump Rope Team, Lego Club, Chamber Singers,
String Orchestra,

School Notes:

  • Background
  • One of Cincinnati's premier private K12 schools, Mars Hill Academy, has been serving families of southwestern Ohio since 1996. MHA is a classical Christian school fully accredited by the Association of Classical and Christian Schools (, an accomplishment achieved by only 33 schools in the United States. Located in Mason, Ohio, MHA serves some 350 students from six counties in southwestern Ohio - Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Montgomery, and Warren.
  • Diversity
  • MHA students are theologically, ethnically, and socio-economically diverse. More than 75 churches (Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Greek Orthodox) are attended by MHA students. More than one-fifth of MHA students are non-Caucasian and the number is growing; major ethnic groups represented are Asian, African-American, Indian, and Hispanic. While most MHA families fall above the 2013 Weighted Average Poverty Thresholds, there are less-privileged families at the school that approach these thresholds; about one of every ten students comes from a family with annual income of less than $40K. 
  • Classical
  • MHA adopts the Classical educational method of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Refined through the ages and reintroduced in the United States during the mid-twentieth century, this method leverages the natural learning abilities of children and consistently produces extraordinary students – students that possess a genuine love of learning, that think clearly, listen carefully, reason and write persuasively, and speak precisely.  
  • Worldview 
  • MHA promotes a distinctly Christian worldview. Ideas and concepts are presented as part of a larger whole defined by Christian truth; students are led to evaluate all human knowledge and experience in light of the scriptures. Graduates leave with a deep understanding of their world; the ability to discern truth, beauty, and goodness; and the ability to think, learn, and influence the world for the glory of God. 
  • Independence
  • MHA is an independent school, meaning that it accepts no funding from local, state, or federal governments or religious denominations. The school relies entirely on tuition revenue and private donations from generous school family and friends, charitable foundations, and business partners to cover operational costs (about $2.5 million for SY 2013-2014). Independence permits MHA to provide a true classical Christian educational experience - pure in mission, vision, and result - free from outside oversight or control. 
  • Results
  • Independence, classical methodology, and Christian worldview are intimately and intentionally woven throughout all that is done at MHA. This integrated approach, unique among schools in greater Cincinnati, produces extraordinary results – students that are equipped to learn effectively and who love to learn, students of character, and students prepared to influence the world for the glory of God. 
  • MHA students regularly score well above average on national standardized tests (Stanford, PSAT, SAT, and ACT) and routinely score high on National Latin, National Greek, and AP Exams. Our 2013 graduates averaged an SAT Composite Score of 1330 (92ndpercentile) and an ACT Composite Score of 30 (95thpercentile).
  • On average 25% of all graduating MHA seniors are designated as National Merit Scholar Finalists or are commended students. Nearly all MHA students move on to college or university after graduation. Recent graduates have chosen to study in the fields of Business, Community Development, Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Engineering, Filmmaking, Journalism, Linguistics, Mathematics, Music, Nursing, and Theatre. 
  • For more information about Mars Hill Academy, please contact Rick J. Santa, Advancement Director, at 513-259-3845 or check our web site at 

Profile last updated: 07/16/2015

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (5 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Little Leprechaun Academy (0.3 miles away)
The nearest preschool is King Of Kings Lutheran Early Childhood Education (1.3 miles away)
All Schools High Schools Elementary Schools Preschools Public Schools
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  • Mason
    Little Leprechaun Academy
    Daycare / Preschool
    Grades: K | 27 students
    0.3 miles
    6956 Cintas Blvd
    Mason, OH 45040
  • Mason
    King Of Kings Lutheran Early Childhood Education
    Daycare / Preschool (Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod)
    Grades: NS-K | 59 students
    1.3 miles
    3621 Socialville Foster Rd
    Mason, OH 45040
  • Mason
    Grades: NS-8 | 258 students
    1.4 miles
    8293 Duke Boulevard
    Mason, OH 45040
  • Mason
    Grades: 1-8 | 595 students
    1.7 miles
    500 Reading Rd
    Mason, OH 45040
  • Mason
    Royalmont Academy
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-8 | 175 students
    1.9 miles
    723 Western Row Rd
    Mason, OH 45040

School Reviews

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!
- Posted by Parent, 01/19/12

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