All Mars Hill Academy students in grades 9-12 participate in Protocol. This unique etiquette course was developed with two goals in mind: to teach students to honor their peers, their elders, and the opposite sex; and to equip students with social graces so that they are comfortable in all social settings.
In the classroom every year, freshmen gain practical knowledge of manners and etiquette including how to eat each course of a meal; the difference between American and European dining styles; the art of conversation; how to write a formal thank you note; and how to behave properly in public settings. Subsequent years, students review the above topics and learn the difference between formal, semi-formal, and informal dress and modesty as well as gain new skills applicable to both college and job interviews.
Each year the class culminates with a special evening. Ninth graders attend "A Christmas Carol" at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Sophomores participate in a formal conversation evening with rhetoric school teachers at the Peterloon Estate. Every January juniors enjoy a six-course dinner at the Peterloon Estate with couples outside of the MHA community to practice their dining and communication skills. Seniors enjoy a formal dinner at a Cincinnati restaurant followed by a play or musical at the Aronoff or Playouse in the Park.
The Mars Hill Academy Protocol course is just another way students in our rhetoric school learn to identify and apply the biblical principles of truth, beauty and goodness.