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Our academic program is designed to engage students actively in the learning process. Our “living-curriculum” provides Christ-centered instruction in all subject areas, helping students develop a biblical worldview as they grow intellectually. Through small group instruction and one-on-one conferencing, teachers lovingly guide and mentor each student, recognizing their unique strengths and helping them navigate any challenges they may encounter along their educational journey.

Holistic, distinctively Christian approach to education

Approach & Culture


Our curriculum, culture, and community all support our biblical worldview and focus on making sure our students are prepared academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. Students' learning experiences are inspired by being nurtured across the 4 A's - Academics, Arts, Athletics, and Attitude (spiritual life).

Meet our LS Staff

Christa Agee, Assistant Principal
Christa Agee, Assistant Principal
Steve Maurelli, Director of Student Life
Steve Maurelli, Director of Student Life
Dr. Kelli Larsen, Lower School Principal
Kelli Larsen PhD, Lower School Principal
Donna Branney, Administrative Assistant
Amy Parks, Administrative Assistant
Gwen Cornwell, Administrative Assistant
Leah Danford, PhD, Director of the Individual Learning Center
Anna Katherine Graves, Lower School Counselor
Sarah Beth Helsley, Director of The Ridge

National Blue Ribbon School

Ben Lippen Lower School has been named a 2023 National Blue Ribbon School by U.S. Secretary of Education, Dr. Miguel Cardona. The U.S. Department of Education recognizes 353 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2023. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student groups on assessments.

The school was nominated in the category of Exemplary High Performing School. This award is given when student achievement in English and Mathematics is among the highest in the country (top 15%), measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.

Our children are excelling academically as well as spiritually. They are growing in their faith and are encouraged to express it in their relationships (both personal and professionally). Ben Lippen is more than just a place to learn, it’s a place to grow and mature.
– The Craft Family