All Mars Hill Academy students in grades 9-12 participate in Protocol. This unique etiquette program 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.
Each fall, Junior Protocol students in grades 9 and 10 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; the difference between formal, semi-formal, and informal dress; and how to behave properly in public settings. Students participate in a five-course meal in a private setting to practice their skills. Junior Protocol alternately culminates in a formal conversation evening at the Peterloon Estate or attending “A Christmas Carol” at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.
Each winter, High Protocol students in grades 11 and 12 review what they have previously learned and gain new skills applicable to both college and career interviews, and luncheons. High Protocol includes a practice dinner at the Peterloon Estate, then culminates in a formal dinner at The Palace restaurant in downtown Cincinnati, followed by a play or musical at the Aronoff Center for the Arts.
The Mars Hill Academy Protocol program is just another way students in our Rhetoric School learn to identify and apply the biblical principles of truth, beauty and goodness.