Ben Lippen School

Ben Lippen School seeks to glorify God by educating students from a Biblical worldview to impact the nations with the message of Christ and by assisting the family and church in equipping students spiritually, academically, socially, and physically under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
Religious AffiliationChristian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs Supportedvaried
Year Founded1940

Student Body

Total Students922 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 14%
Students by Grade Ben Lippen School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers87 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio11:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size16 students
Number of AP Courses14 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science A - Java, AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP Government, AP Physics, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP U.S. History
Average SAT score1140
Average ACT score20
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Campus Wear)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$9,461
Tuition NotesTuition ranges between $5,005 and $13,935 depending on grade level
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorKelly Adams
Admissions AssociateLil Mason


Total Sports Offered15 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.21 extracurriculars

Club or Organization:
Art Club, Bible Studies, Bowling Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Math Team, Men's A Capella, Mock Trial Team, Model United Nations, National Honor Society, Prayer Groups, Robotics Team, Science Team, Student Leadership, Super Fans, Women's A Capella

Arts and Music Programs:
Band, Bluegrass Band, Guitar Ensemble, 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.

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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Columbia
    Grades: PK-12 | 929 students
    10 miles
    854 Galway Ln
    Columbia, SC 29209
    (803) 776-0295
    10 PK-12
  • Columbia
    Grades: K-12 | 778 students
    9.7 miles
    3000 S Beltline Blvd
    Columbia, SC 29201
    (803) 765-2309
    9.7 K-12
  • Columbia
    Cardinal Newman School
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    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: 7-12 | 555 students
    8.6 miles
    2945 Alpine Road
    Columbia, SC 29223
    (803) 782-2814
    8.6 7-12
  • Columbia
    Grades: PK-8 | 294 students
    6.4 miles
    2219 Atascadero Dr
    Columbia, SC 29206
    (803) 782-2748
    6.4 PK-8
  • Columbia
    Grades: NS-6 | 142 students
    7.5 miles
    411 South Maple Street
    Columbia, SC 29205
    (803) 783-8838
    7.5 NS-6

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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