Ben Lippen School
7401 Monticello Road, 29203
Ben Lippen 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 founded a conference center and boarding school in the mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. The college chose a Scottish phrase, “ben lippen,” meaning “Mountain of Trust” as the name of the site. Today, as we look back through Ben Lippen School’s history, 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, where, since 1988, we have shared a beautiful 400-acre campus with Columbia International University. Today Ben Lippen offers both a day school program for students in Pre-K to 12th grade and an international boarding program for upper school age (grades six through 12) students, with a total enrollment of more than 780 students.
Plus, Ben Lippen students truly receive a global education of excellence. Our boarding program draws approximately 60 students from diverse nations who thrive and collaborate with fellow day students in our upper school program. This exposure to other cultures, to the latest technology (as evidenced by our 1-to-1 iPad program in the middle school and high school), 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.
Cardinal Newman School
2945 Alpine Road, 29223
Our world is changing rapidly, learning expectations are higher than ever, and faith-filled values are the foundation of a stronger tomorrow. At the heart of this future is Cardinal Newman School, where we are not satisfied with the traditional definition of educational success. We expect more and are committed to partnering with parents to create young faith-filled leaders by redefining excellence. How? Through the integration of Catholic values throughout a holistic learning experience on our new campus that is not just a school, but our home.
We recognize students have various interests and abilities, and we are committed to helping them reach their potential in a safe, nurturing, and faith-filled environment. Our faculty and guidance counselors are equipped to provide a rigorous academic challenge for students who need it as well as an individualized plan to ensure success for those who may require extra attention. We also provide a myriad of opportunities — through community service, clubs, extracurricular activities, athletics, and the performing and visual arts — to bring out each student’s unique gifts and talents. We know no matter who they are or where they excel, all of our students can proudly say: “I am a Cardinal!” We’re enrolling now, so call our Admissions Department (803) 888-1611 and schedule a tour.
854 Galway Lane, 29209
Hammond School realizes students of today will inherit a world scarcely imagined. To that end, the school ensures students are well prepared for whatever the future holds and is committed to teaching students to think ahead. Hammond’s new innovation center features a planetarium, a Makerspace, state-of-the-art labs, and a unique student center for collaborative learning.
Beginning in the earliest grades, Hammond nurtures innate curiosity and inquisitiveness in its pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs. In addition to a naturalist-in-residence who leads field studies across the 110-acre campus, young learners explore everything from Spanish to writing computer code.
The middle years’ program begins to develop confident, independent learners by allowing them to take on new challenges, embrace new perspectives, and venture into other cultures. Hammond provides an emotionally secure environment where students are encouraged to explore and discover talents and interests.
By the time students reach the Upper School, they are prepared to dive deep into every subject from global issues to creative writing. Comfort zones are expanded through trips to Costa Rica and whitewater rafting down the Nantahala River. The arts, athletics, and community service are co-curricular components that round out the school’s program.
Hammond boasts a unique experience that follows students throughout their lives. Its community is a nurturing family where faculty and coaches work alongside students in a small, caring environment. Lifelong friendships are forged, a love of learning is instilled, and talents are nurtured. Students of all ages and grades have opportunities to participate in experiential learning and the school’s focus on a global curriculum is a hallmark of the Hammond experience.
In addition to an innovative academic program, the school boasts impressive athletic and arts programs. The small environment affords students the opportunity to participate in athletics, and the school’s teams have earned a reputation for success. Likewise, the varied palette of arts programs offers five tracts in the fine arts.
By the numbers:
• The average SAT score is 1307, and the average ACT score is 28.9;
• 23 percent of the class of 2018 named Palmetto Fellows;
• 2018 academic scholarship offerings topped $8.2 million;
• 93 percent of students in middle and upper grades participate on an athletic team;
• Hammond boasts 144 state championship athletic teams;
• Athletics received the SCISA President’s Cup for three consecutive years;
• The drama department won the SCISA State Championship for two consecutive years; and,
• The Select Ensemble choir performs at home and abroad, most recently singing throughout Poland and the Czech Republic.
Heathwood Hall Episcopal School
3000 S. Beltline Blvd, 29201
For more than 65 years, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School has been an educational leader in South Carolina, providing a distinctive learning environment, a challenging curriculum, and signature programs that create unique opportunities for higher-level learning. Our focus on the whole child cultivates tenacious, sophisticated thinkers who value service to others over self-interest. Our graduates are engaged, empathetic leaders, prepared not only to take on a dynamic world but to transform it.
Heathwood’s teachers have an average of 17 years of teaching experience, and more than two-thirds of them hold advanced degrees. They are committed to building strong relationships with each student to facilitate confident and engaged learning. That’s why, since 2001, 12 members of the Heathwood faculty have been named SCISA Teachers of the Year.
Heathwood is also distinguished by its signature programs that offer exceptional opportunities for academic and personal growth:
• Columbia Connections — School-wide program that connects students with leaders from the academic, cultural, scientific, nonprofit, and business communities in Columbia for real-world application of what they’ve learned in the classroom.
• Hands-on Science — Our Tinker Lab, Life Sciences Lab, and Honors Science Research program provide learners of every age the opportunity to experience and analyze the world around them.
• Senior Exhibition — A yearlong scholarly research project that is the culmination of our school-wide focus on strong writing skills. Students select a topic and demonstrate mastery of it through in-depth research, a lengthy research paper, and a public presentation.
• Upper School Winterim and Lower School LEAP Week — Weeklong experiential learning programs in which students broaden their educational experience through internships, short courses, community service, or national/international travel.
• PEAK — Heathwood’s signature outdoor program, which provides students of all ages with hands-on opportunities in wilderness exploration, environmental education, and leadership development.
Heathwood students also enjoy exceptional opportunities for personal and intellectual growth beyond the classroom. In the past year, both the Middle School and Upper School Mock Trial teams won state championships, 14 students won awards at the South Carolina Junior Academy of Science, two were invited to present their scientific research nationally, and three had their research published. Thirty-four Heathwood students were named All-State athletes this past year, and six 2018 graduates are now competing at the collegiate level in five different sports.
Heathwood’s resources, including a 122-acre campus with five distinct habitats, a Makerspace, a thriving fine arts program, outstanding athletic facilities, and a new natural learning environment playground, also enrich students’ experiences, as does our Episcopal identity, which encourages spiritual growth for students of all faith backgrounds.
Northside Christian Academy
4347 Sunset Blvd, 29072
Looking for a school where “love never fails”? Come and see why Northside Christian Academy has been voted Best Private School for eight years in a row. Northside Christian Academy’s mission is to lovingly lead and equip students to believe, proclaim, and defend the Truth. Our school, in partnership with the home and church, prepares our students to better achieve the current and future work God has prepared for them.
Students are nurtured with Biblical truth, values, and morals, empowering the lessons taught at home. Recent graduates have said the NCA difference is the Christian atmosphere, small class size, caring and invested teachers, and the opportunity to worship and pray in school. These benefits, coupled with competitive athletics, extracurricular activities, and close friendships set NCA apart. Our academic instruction is exemplary and is founded from a Biblical Worldview. Our teachers openly teach the truths of scripture because their commitment compels an opened, unashamed love and service to Jesus Christ. We are not simply preparing children for the next test. We desire to partner with parents and establish a foundation that will serve them throughout their lives and eternity.
We are now enrolling grades K4 through 12th grade for the 2019/2020 school year. We invite you to join us at 9 a.m. on one of these dates to get to know Northside: March 6, April 3, or May 8.
1500 Hallbrook Drive, 29209
Sandhills School gives bright students the tools they need to succeed and become leaders among their peers and in the community. At Sandhills, highly specialized teachers focus on the strengths of each student to help navigate traditional obstacles of learning. Sandhills provides a supportive, college preparatory environment where first through 12th grade students rediscover the joy of learning and renew their intellectual curiosity.
Through authentic success in small, hands-on classes, leadership opportunities on the sports field and the stage, traveling internationally and serving the community, our students gain confidence in their abilities, and fears and anxieties begin to fade. Sandhills parents notice a positive difference in their child almost immediately.
For more than 40 years, Sandhills School has changed the lives of young people diagnosed with language-based learning differences such as dyslexia or ADHD. As the only Orton-Gillingham accredited college-preparatory school in the Midlands, Sandhills has teachers who are highly trained to provide research-based individualized instruction tailored to each student’s academic needs. This approach produces tremendous progress in everything from reading, writing, and math to study skills, organization and college entrance test preparation. Our graduates go on to the colleges of their choice, are recognized by state and national scholarships and are equipped with the tools they need to succeed in college and beyond.
2219 Atascadero Drive, 29206
Timmerman School is the largest independent 2-year-old through eighth grade school in the Midlands. It was founded in 1954 by Mrs. June H. Timmerman. The school grew quickly, adding grades and outgrowing three campuses. She hosted a daily live children’s educational television show through ETV for many years and was awarded The Order of the Palmetto for her contributions in education.
Today the school enjoys a beautiful campus in Forest Acres serving 2-year-old children through eighth grade students (with a newly added high school option). A highly-qualified staff guides and instructs students through an advanced academic curriculum with an extremely small teacher/student ratio.
Congratulations to our Middle School 2018-2019 State Championship Math Team. If needed, Timmerman’s LOGIC Program, consisting of small groups and individualized instruction, enhances academic proficiency. Administrators at Timmerman have been recognized with the Dr. Charles Aimar Educational Leadership Award, the SCISA LEAD award, and the SCISA Charles J. Beach Volunteer of the Year award, which are all statewide recognitions.
The performing arts are an integral part of the total Timmerman experience. A comprehensive athletic program, including football, basketball, sporting clays, track and field, and cheerleading, is building character and teamwork. The girls’ volleyball team boasts consecutive tournament championships.
The staff and administration lead through a passion for and a commitment to a quality education. Come take Timmerman School’s Road to Success.