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Ben Lippen Private School

Address: 7401 Monticello Rd, Columbia, SC 29203, United States
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Description Ben Lippen Private School

  • School type: Christian private boarding school
  • Location: Colombia, South Carolina, United States
  • Established: in 1940
  • Type of studying: mixed
  • Total number of students: 350 people, about 25% of foreign students, about 25% of black population; girls and boys roughly equal
  • Accommodation type: guest-house, residence (approximately 24% of students); host family
  • Educational programs: kindergarten, primary and secondary school, senior classes
  • Language of instruction: English.

Back in 1940, Ben Lippen School, the leading Christian school in the United States, was founded. Its founder will be the board of trustees of the famous Columbia International University, the original appointment - the men's evangelical boarding school. The school was originally located in North Carolina, in the small town of Asheville, but after a large-scale fire (1988), the campus was moved to Colombia and today occupies part of the Columbia University (100 acres near a small quiet lake).

Today, effective and balanced educational programs of several levels are offered here:

  • Primary school (preparatory - grade 5)
  • Secondary school (6-8 grade)
  • Senior preparatory school (9-12 class).

The total number of students reaches 350 people, about 24% of them permanently reside on the campus in a boarding house. Foreign students are quite extensively represented - making up a quarter (25%) of all pupils, who are citizens of 11 countries of the world. On average, up to 16 students are involved in one class, and the ratio of teachers to students is 1:11. All teachers and educators are pious Christians, servants of the Lord, whose main goal is the full spiritual, social and academic education of children in accordance with the covenants and values ​​of Jesus Christ, about half of them have master's and academic degrees. Ben Lippen School not only prepares students for admission to colleges and universities, but also active, social, independent life, to the embodiment of their vocation. Much attention is paid not only to the academic and physical, but also to the spiritual, value development of children:

  • The skill of critical thinking;
  • Communication and cooperation with representatives of different cultures is improved;
  • A truly Christian worldview, respect and acceptance of God's truth as the fundamental value of all life is formed.

There is no strict school uniform,.

High school students can attend the initial Columbia International University course while studying at Ben Lippen School, with no additional fees required. Also among high schools, popular among graduates, it is worth noting:

  • Clemson University
  • University of Southern California
  • Harvard
  • John Brown University
  • Duke
  • Washington University in St. Petersburg.
  • Boston College
  • Penn State University.
  • University of Washington, Syracuse
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

According to an independent source in the Sporting Review of Highest Average SAT Scores, today Ben Lippen School is one of the top 150 private schools in the US.

Programs and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Ben Lippen Private School

Program name
from 39 250 $ / year

The academic program is quite extensive, comprehensive and effective: it includes all the key, fundamental secondary education courses, Biblical courses, 14 directions for AP and Honours. Foreign students can attend ESL support courses that will help them to quickly improve their English language skills and to keep up with their classmates, to fully absorb all the teaching material and learn more effectively.

According to statistics, the academic scores for SAT (average) for students are 1646.

A big plus for high school students is the opportunity to go to college courses at Columbia International University without extra costs from studying at school: this will allow you to get educational credits that will be counted with further education and increase your chances of successful entry.

Accommodation and food

The students of the Ben Lippen School are free to choose the most preferred  option for living:

  • School common residence

There are 6 comfortable, cozy houses on campus for 14 people. Children are constantly looked after by educators, curators and teachers, they help them in solving any emerging issues.

  • The host family

The school staff carefully selects respectable, honest families who are willing to provide comfortable living in favourable, quiet and peaceful areas. Living in an American family will allow you to constantly progress in learning English, to get acquainted with the national culture and traditions, the way of life of Americans.

Subjects and sport

Subjects list: letter, maths, reading, social sciencies
Events list: art, baseball, Dramatic circle, football, golf, music studio, softball, swimming, tennis

Events Ben Lippen Private School

Traditionally, for American boarding schools, there is a huge variety of clubs  and electives that you can visit during your free time:

  • Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Natural Science Command
  • Scientific circle
  • National Honor Society
  • Student Council
  • Theater and Dramatic Arts
  • Cross Country Running
  • Robotics Club
  • Math Club
  • The Club for the Study Bible
  • The Brotherhood of Christian Athletes
  • The UN Model
  • More than 20 sports teams (golf, wrestling, football, volleyball, tennis, basketball, cheerleading, baseball, swimming, lightweight Athletics, softball and others).

The Winterim winter cycle lasts several days every winter. Its goal is to unite students, to teach them to work in a team and listen to each other, to give new knowledge, skills and experience during visits to various studios and events: it can be trips to the US national parks, home budgeting, a tour of the universities of South Carolina and etc. In Winterim cycle the participation of students from 9th to 12th grade is obligatory.

Thanks to a cooperation with the Arts Team, students can take lessons (group or individual) on vocals, choreographic directions, playing the clarinet or piano, engaging with famous performers, teachers and professionals.

Every week there is a visit to the school chapel and church, every day there is time for reading the Bible and prayers.


  • Solid adherence to Christian values ​​and morals, the education of spiritually integral and mature individuals with established ethical norms and principles;
  • The institution belongs to the TOP-150 private boarding schools in the USA;
  • High school students can attend Columbia College courses at no additional cost;
  • Opportunity to engage with professional teachers of the organization the arts Team (vocals, instrumental performance and music, choreography, dramatic skill).

Equipment Ben Lippen Private School

The Ben Lippen School program actively uses advanced techniques, digital technologies and equipment, each high school student has an iPad. In the classrooms there are constantly working digital boards, computer and audiovisual equipment.

Term dates and fees

The additional costs not included in the price are the following:

  • Registration fee (non-refundable);
  • Tuition fee;
  • ESL English courses for foreign students.

Extra fees:

  • Registration fee (for a programme/course) 100 USD
  • Deposit for a course/programme 3000 USD

Entry requirements and extra fees how to apply, what is required to enrol

Required documents, depending on the type of institution:

camp / language school
  • copy of 1 page
  • certificate of language proficiency (if any)
private school, boardinghouse
  • copy of the 1 Pages of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school report card with grades for the last 2-4 years (depending on the school)
  • school registration form
  • recommendation letters from Teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and a class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal
  • Testing for knowledge of mathematics, language, other subjects
  • Interview with a representative of the school (possibly in person or by Skype)
  • Literacy, awards, student personal achievements (if any)
  • motivation letter (not for all schools)
  • passport size photo (depending on the school from 1 to 12 pcs)
  • medical certificate of the general health of the child , Discharge of vaccinations
  • birth certificate of the schoolboy (s)
  • copy of the page 1 passport of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school certificate for the bachelor, diploma of Higher education for the master
  • letters of recommendation from teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and the class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal / dean
  • certificates, awards, personal achievements of the student (if any)
  • motivation letter / personal statement
  • interview with a representative of the institution


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Recommendations on when to apply

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- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
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- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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