Headmaster's Welcome

 “Ben Lippen seeks to glorify God by assisting the family and church
in equipping students spiritually, academically, and socially under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.” 

Thanks so much for your interest in Ben Lippen School and I hope that the information on this website will be helpful to you. Our school offers a rigorous academic program anchored in a solid foundation of biblical truth. Our goal is to promote and help our students develop faith in Jesus Christ through academics, co-curricular activities, leadership development, and personal relationships. These are accomplished through committed faculty and staff who love Christ, love students, and love to teach a biblically-permeated curriculum.  

You may be wondering who is “Ben Lippen?” Ben Lippen is not a person, but a way of life. In 1940, Columbia Bible College (CBC) founded a conference center and boarding school in the mountains near Asheville, N.C. The college chose a Scottish phrase, “ben lippen,” meaning “Mountain of Trust” as the name of the site. Today, as we approach Ben Lippen School’s 75th anniversary, it remains our desire to trust the Lord and to impart that trust to our students.  

After a fire destroyed part of the Asheville campus, Ben Lippen School was eventually moved to Columbia, S.C., where, for the past 25 years, we have shared a beautiful 400-acre campus with Columbia International University (formerly CBC). Today Ben Lippen offers both a day school program for students in Pre-K to 12th grade and an international boarding program for high school age students, with a total enrollment of over 700 students. 

It is our desire at Ben Lippen to do all that we do to glorify God and we believe this sets us apart from most schools. Whether in the classroom, on the athletic field, or on the stage, we want to do everything we do from a biblical perspective and with such quality that the Lord is pleased.

Plus, Ben Lippen students truly receive a global education of excellence. Our boarding program draws approximately 80 students from diverse nations who thrive and collaborate with fellow day students in our high school program. This exposure to other cultures, to the latest technology (as evidenced by our 1-to-1 iPad program in the middle and high schools), to high-quality academic training, and to skills development through our athletic and arts programs, prepares our students to go on to higher education and adulthood prepared with 21st century skills to impact the world for Christ.

I invite you to explore our website. If you would like to know more or would like to visit our campus, please contact us at (803) 807-4000. I join our entire Ben Lippen family in expressing an invitation for you to be a part of the ministry at Ben Lippen School. 

In Christ’s Service,
Chip Jones

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