Ben Lippen School

5.00 5 1 (1 review)
7401 Monticello Rd.
Columbia, SC 29203
Tel: 803-807-4145
  • Join our globally diverse learning community based on respect, responsibility, and integrity while stretching yourself academically, developing your interests, and pursuing educational success! A Ben Lippen education emphasizes leadership development and the four "C's": Communication, Collaboration, Critical thinking, and Creativity.
  • All classes are taught from a Christian perspective by Christian teachers.

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  • Review Description

  • Class of 2010
    5 Stars   3/19/2013
    Davidson College
    Ben Lippen School takes international students to both American churches and churches that preach in their native languages. It is a great way to help international students to learn more about American culture and get. . .
Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Ben Lippen School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding) 7-12 9-12
Grades Offered (Day) K-12 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
Religious Affiliation Non-denom. / Christian Non-denominational
Year Founded 1940 1910
Campus Size 100 acres 110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 350 students 298 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score 1666 * National Avg. »View
Average ACT score 24 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(Khaki pants/shorts and polo shirts)
Average Class Size 15 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:11 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 14 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(Includes room, board, and basic health insurance.)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$12,600 $28,500
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required No Yes
Director of AdmissionsDebbie Austin
Associate Director of AdmissionsKelly Adams

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 14 16
CoursesAP Biology, AP Calculus-AB, AP Calculus-BC, AP Chemistry, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Government and Politics, AP Physics-C, AP Spanish Language, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP United States History


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 13 14
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations 8 23
ExtracurricularsChoir, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Marching Band, Mathematics Team, National Honor Society, Student Council, Student Missions Fellowship, Yearbook

School Notes

  • Boarding Program Basics: The Boarding Program at Ben Lippen High School hosts approximately 80 students from around the world. Countries represented include China, Hong Kong, Switzerland, El Salvador, South Korea, Japan, Mexico, Taiwan, United States, and Vietnam. Ben Lippen School offers an alternative to typical dorm life in traditional boarding schools by creating a family atmosphere within contemporary-style houses. A structured environment during the week provides for academic excellence and study. Weekends allow for free time, social events, and sports. On Sunday, all students participate in worship services and small groups at local churches and on campus.
  • Houseparents: Each of our six resident houses hold up to 14 students, supervised by caring houseparents who are trained to balance love, encouragement and discipline. Our houseparents come from a variety of backgrounds, some of which were once boarding students themselves.  Click here for our houseparent bios.
  • Academics: Boarding students attend classes alongside American day students, providing an enriching cross-cultural experience while greatly enhancing the English skills of the international students. Students participate in honors-level courses and many receive college credit through Advanced Placement (AP) and Dual (college) enrollment courses. Ben Lippen's challenging college prep curriculum prepares students for the academic rigors of higher education, with 100 percent of students being accepted to college. The class of 2015 received over 6 million dollars in renewable scholarships to some of the finest colleges and universities. Recent graduates have been accepted to Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Southern California, Duke, Boston College, University of Washington, Syracuse, Washington University in St. Louis and Penn State.
  • ESL (English as a Second Language): Ben Lippen offers varying levels of ESL instruction, from beginner to advanced.ESL Requirements: Ben Lippen does have non-native English requirements for applicants in the eleventh and twelfth grades. The TOEFL iBT standard is used. Juniors are required to start the year with a TOEFL of a 60, and seniors are required to start the year with a TOEFL of a 70. ESL classes correlate closely with the TOEFL information, thus students are being prepared for the test as they take ESL. Please enter the Ben Lippen School TOEFL school code (3307) for Ben Lippen to automatically receive a student test score page. Our goal is to prepare international students to excel in their high school academics and to be accepted into the college of their choice upon graduation.
  • Guidance Program: Every student receives personalized assistance with college applications, financial aid, scholarships, and vocational choices, equipping them for college and beyond.
  • Activities: Confidence, personal interests and talents are developed through a wide array of co-curricular opportunities in academics, arts, athletics, leadership and service.Click here for information on the partnership with Ben Lippen School and The Arts Team, LLC., which provides students the opportunity to take individual and group lessons from acclaimed artists, dancers, and musicians after school on our campus.
  • Accreditation/Affiliations: Ben Lippen School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and is a member of the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA).
  • Click here for more information or to apply.
  • Click here to see pictures of Ben Lippen School students and events.
  • School accreditations: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)/AdvancED, Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA)
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