"The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page." ~St. Augustine
At Mars Hill Academy students have the opportunity to expand their classroom studies and explore the world around them through educational travel. From local and regional field trips to travel across the country, students grow in their understanding, as well as build community, through these unique, hands-on learning experiences. We believe the study of Western Civilization, the “Flower of Christianity,” is essential to our students’ proper understanding of the world. As a capstone to our students’ educational travel, rising seniors paricipate in the Grand Tour — a two-week study tour of Greece and Italy — to better comprehend our culture and examine these roots firsthand.
Field trips complement the Mars Hill curriculum by providing an opportunity for students to gain first-hand experience with the topics they study. Some favorite Grammar School trips include: Newport Aquarium, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at Music Hall and Taft Theatre, local farms, Krohn Conservatory, Cincinnati Zoo, Loveland Castle, a tour of Cincinnati Cathedrals, and the capitol building in Columbus.
Logic and Rhetoric School
Beginning In seventh grade, students start venturing a little farther from home in their educational exploration. A campout at John Bryan State Park; Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama; a tour of Gettsyburg; and the antiquities tour in Chicago are a few upper school highlights.
A pinnacle of the Mars Hill student life experience is the annual Worldview Summit every January. Student leaders plan and execute this three-day forum in which our students in grades 9-12 travel to Washington, D.C. to engage with outstanding speakers from academia, advocacy organizations, public policy institutions, and Congress to address pressing cultural topics of our day.
The Grand Tour
Rising seniors embark on a two-week study tour of Greece and Italy, the cost of which is included in tuition. The Grand Tour broadens their horizons, tests their book knowledge, and deepens their social and academic awareness. Students research and prepare an oral presentation to deliver on site and share their insights during a presentation their senior year. Destinations include Athens, Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Delphi, Olympia, Rome, Assisi, Siena, Florence, and Venice.