In Mars Hill Academy Grammar School (grades PreK-6), we intentionally cultivate the genuine and lifelong love of learning through classic children’s literature, vibrant and interactive history and geography studies; engaging math, science, and language exercises; and the life-enriching classes of art and music.
Your child will build strong fundamentals in the “grammar” (i.e., basic elements) of the core disciplines in a lively environment through music, repetition, movement, rhymes, and singing. Subjects are not taught in isolation, but rather are integrated to show the intricate connections between God and His created world. Art, music, and physical education are vital to life at Mars Hill. God’s Word is at the core of every subject.
Children are taught to “love their neighbor” by respecting the image of God in their teachers and classmates. Classrooms are orderly and safe, and teachers provide an ideal learning environment for your child.
WHAT WE TEACH
As God’s Word is the only firm foundation for all knowledge, faith, and life, Grammar School students memorize Scripture. Daily Bible classes focus on redemptive history, encourage a love for God’s Word, and provide opportunities for Christian discipleship.
Using a multi-sensory reading and writing program, children engage all avenues of the brain as they learn to see, hear, speak, and write the English language. Beginning with basic phonics and oral narration, students progressively build their reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar skills.
Math and Science
The classical and Christian study of science and mathematics goes beyond learning key concepts and provides a greater appreciation of God as Designer and Creator of our world. Students marvel at the wonder of His works, learning to observe and delight in the incredible detail of creation revealed by science and mathematics.
Students explore the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome, the Renaissance, Reformation, and early American history. They also gain a thorough knowledge of geography. Units of study conclude with special celebration days.
Students begin their study of Latin in fourth grade. Training in this historical language builds a better understanding of the roots of English vocabulary, reinforces English grammar, and lays the foundation for learning other languages. It also trains young minds to think logically.
Through performing and visual arts, students develop an appreciation for God as the Master Creator. They study the elements of art in a variety of media; they learn to sing joyfully and play a variety of instruments; and they perform dramatic presentations of memorized Bible passages, poetry, and other literary works.
God created each of us with a mind, soul, and body – all of which should be nourished and exercised unto His glory. We seek to cultivate students who are healthy and active and employ their bodies in service to the Lord and others.