Ben Lippen School

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked SC School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Enrollment: 1,038 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $16,460
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Ben Lippen School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in South Carolina for:

Sports offered
School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Year Founded
 Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2023

Student Body

Total Students
1,038 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 18%
Students by Grade
Ben Lippen School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
95 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
16 students
Number of AP Courses
17 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
AP 2-D Art & Design, AP 3-D Art & Design, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science A, AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP Government, AP Macroeconomics, AP Physics 1, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP U.S. History
Average SAT score
(Out of 1600)
Average ACT score
(Out of 36)
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Campus Wear

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition ranges between $8,780 and $16,460 depending on grade level.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director
Kelly Adams
Admissions Associate
Lil Mason



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
22 extracurriculars

Club or Organization:
Art Club, Bible Studies, Bowling Club, Chess Club, Math Team, Mock Trial Team, Model United Nations, National Honor Society, Prayer Groups, Robotics Team, Science Team, Student Leadership, Super Fans, Young Life

Arts and Music Programs:
Band, Bluegrass Band, Guitar Ensemble, High School A Cappella, Middle School A Cappella, Theatre, Worship Arts

School Notes

  • Ben Lippen School educates Pre-K3 through 12th-grade students from a Christian perspective, providing a superior educational experience that is unlike any other in the area. Students are encouraged to pursue and develop their interests and talents, while high expectations and rigor encourage them to think critically and analytically. Small class sizes allow for personalized attention by our excellent faculty.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Ben Lippen School cost?
Ben Lippen School's tuition is approximately $16,460 for private students.
What sports does Ben Lippen School offer?
Ben Lippen School offers 15 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball and Wrestling. Ben Lippen School is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in South Carolina for most sports offered.
What is Ben Lippen School's ranking?
Ben Lippen School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in South Carolina for: Largest student body, Most sports offered, Most extracurriculars offered and Oldest founding date.
When is the application deadline for Ben Lippen School?
The application deadline for Ben Lippen School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (11 reviews)
I was recently asked if I were to describe Ben Lippen in one word what would it be, and the answer was simple: Jesus. The presence of Jesus is evident in every area of the school; from the curriculum to the teachers and administrators. And that makes all the difference. It is one thing to have high academic standards, but it is something completely different to be able to love the student as Jesus loved them, right where they are- because it is easy to celebrate successes, but it takes a strong, Christ-like community to be willing to slow down and work with students when they aren`t moving at the same pace. Ben Lippen sees the value in the person, understanding that not everyone moves at the same rate, and they are willing to do whatever necessary to help our children grow and succeed.
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We have been at Ben Lippen for 3 years, experiencing both middle school and high school. The mixture of rigorous academics and high level sports, topped off with amazing families and teachers, have resulted in a great fit for our family. BL works to foster a family-oriented environment, resulting in our children/friends wanting to be around families, not trying to avoid. We are not at Ben Lippen to "limit what our children are being exposed to", but are being fully blessed by ALL our children are being exposed....teachers/students displaying Godly character, interims taking them all over the world, international students, teachers/students sharing first hand knowledge as missionaries in other countries, etc. Ben Lippen has given our children the freedom to be all that God is calling them to be, as well as giving us as parents the freedom to parent them as we are being called.
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Thankful for Ben Lippen and all it has to offer. We are growing spiritually, academically, and the campus is booming with new growth. So many opportunities are on the horizon and we are excited to be a part of the exciting growth!
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Ben Lippen is the best! We started our kids here 3 years ago and now our kids are in 6th, 2nd and Kindergarten. After trying homeschooling and public school we truly have found a great fit for our family.
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Ben Lippen is a wonderful school! My daughter attended from K5 till graduation. My son has attended since K4 and he is currently a sophomore.BL has been a great place for my kids to grow learn and be challenged. They have grown in their faith and have had many wonderful opportunities in sports, theater, and leadership. We are so thankful to have a Christian school for our kids to attend. Having a school that believes and teaches what we do at home is a huge blessing! BL strives to be better and better every year.
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My son's first year at Ben Lippen School has been amazing! From our initial visit, the presence of God was evident, with the students and faculty. Our son is receiving a Christ-centered education from a faculty that exhibits daily how much they care about his development: academically, spiritually, and socially. If we chose one word to describe Ben Lippen, it would be family. Observing how students, parents, and the staff interact, genuine care and love is evident. The peace we feel knowing our son is at Ben Lippen is immeasurable. He is being prepared for success, while living a Godly life. Send your child(ren) to Ben Lippen will be the best decision you make; it has been for us!
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Our family has been at Ben Lippen for 8 years, and all of our children have been enrolled since Pre-K. We have continually investigated and compared what Ben Lippen offers with other schools in the area, and Ben Lippen easily rises to the top. The school provides a Biblical worldview in all aspects of the academic curriculum and provides opportunities for students to participate and compete in a full range of extracurricular activities that they might not have at a larger school. Students are instilled with a culture to love learning and pursue their Christian faith. The leadership is taking the school in a great direction, and the school's trajectory for the future is exciting!
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We have had our children in Ben Lippen since K-5. Our daughter recently graduated and is attending Clemson University. Our son is in 10th grade. We have never regretted our decision to send our kids to BL. It is such an encouragement to send our kids to a school where the teachers support our Christian world-view. Our kids have been academically challenged and have had many extra-curricular opportunities. Our only real concern was whether we could afford to send our kids all the way through to high-school graduation. Ben Lippen has worked with us the whole way and we have received financial aid every year.
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This is our first year at Ben Lippen and we could not be more pleased. We've loved everything about it! The faculty and staff are engaged and committed to helping students learn. The Ben Lippen community is so genuine and welcoming. They have an extensive curriculum that is Christ centered, focusing on intellectual, spiritual and character development. It is big enough to offer lots of sports & extra curricular activities but small enough to fell like family. We had been in the most sought after public school in the area since coming to Columbia 6 years ago. But the move to Ben Lippen has been the best investment we've ever made. I wish we had started both our girls here 6 years ago.
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We have children in the elementary, middle, and high schools. This is our first year at Ben Lippen amd we could not have found a more perfect matcj for our family. The academic curriculum is engaging and challenging. The network of family and friends is amazing!!!
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We have been so pleased with Ben Lippen`s Christ-centered education. The Word is being woven into all aspects of our children`s education. There is a true sense of community at Ben Lippen. It has a family oriented atmosphere and a caring environment. The academics have been challenging and are preparing our students for college. Ben Lippen is also intentional about reevaluating each year to improve their academics as well. They are seeking excellence and it is very much appreciated. The competitive sports program has been a central part of our children`s lives. It`s amazing to see our coaches praying with and pouring into our children. Lastly, the diversity of the students was a huge selling point for us. We have students from all different backgrounds and all over the world. It is a good representation of the real world. We purposely chose Ben Lippen for all it has to offer and are grateful that the Lord directed us here many years ago.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked SC School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Enrollment: 1,038 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $16,460
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Columbia, SC is $11,407 for elementary schools and $12,546 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).

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