USA South Carolina, USA
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Ben Lippen School

Established: 1940

School Facts

  • Number of Students
  • Student Population
    CoEd - School for both genders
  • Accommodation
    Boarding accommodation
  • Religious Affiliation
  • Program Length Available
    Multiple Year, Fall Year

School Description

Located in the heart of Columbia, South Carolina, Ben Lippen School has more than a dozen AP courses to choose from. Students can graduate as “Innovative Scholars,” an academic option with tracks in robotics, pre-engineering, or pre-business. The school’s partnership with Columbia International University offers students several dual enrollment courses. Ben Lippen School has a low international student population, giving international students an immersive experience.

Ben Lippen School shares a campus and amenities with Columbia International University. The 100 acre campus includes three science labs, a band/music studio, a gymnasium, and several athletic fields. In August of 2018, Ben Lippen completed construction on its brand new 8-lane, Olympic-quality running track.

The Ben Lippen School offers various sports in the Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons. In 2019, the Track and Field Team won the South Carolina Independent School State Championship.
In the arts program the current areas of focus are the visual arts, music, and drama; international students are encouraged to explore and develop talents within each focus.

Ben Lippen awarded 55 National Merit Scholars in the last 20 years, four of whom were in 2017. Both the football and cross country teams have won state championships in the past three seasons.

Boarding students live in family-style cabins staffed by house parents. Each suite has a telephone, wireless internet connection, and television. Students are integrated into Columbia International University’s campus, sharing the dining hall and other amenities.


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  • K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Grades at School
  • 100 acres Campus Size
  • 12% Percentage of International Students
Diploma Year Offered?
Student Population
CoEd - School for both genders
Teacher/Student Ratio
Average Class Size
SAT Average
ACT Average
English as Second Language (ESL) Support Available
French Immersion
Speciality Programs
Robotics, pre-engineering, and pre-business academic learning tracks
Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country Running, Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Wrestling
Art, Drama, Drawing and Painting, Drawing and Painting, Sculpture, Worship Arts - Advanced, Worship Arts - Beginner
Band, Choir, Choir, Guitar - Advanced, Guitar - Beginner, Orchestra, Praise Band
Advanced Courses (AP, A-Levels)
Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Comparative Government and Politics, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Physics 1, Statistics, US History, World History
Chinese, French, Spanish
Clubs and Extracurricular
Chess Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Foreign Language, Math Club, Mission Trips, National Honor Society, Special Interest, Student Ambassadors, Student Government, Thespian Society, Thespian Society, Worship Club
Accepting Students in Grades
8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Ages Accepted
ELTiS Minimum
200 (9th/10th)
TOEFL Minimum
60(Grade 11) 70(Grade 12th)
Other - Eligibility Requirements?
Semester Programs are only available in the spring

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