Ben Lippen School
7401 Monticello Road, 29203
While many things about Ben Lippen have changed since 1940, including its location, our mission has remained the same: to glorify God by educating students from a biblical worldview to impact the nations with the message of Christ.
Now we have taken our next significant steps forward with a vision to see Ben Lippen graduates influence the world as they pursue big dreams for God’s glory. We have completed a substantial expansion to our Upper School campus, with the addition of the new Arts and Science Center in August 2019.
Similar to the founders of our school, we are now at another profound moment in our history where the decisions of those who care about Ben Lippen have impacted far beyond what we can dream or imagine. The generous families and members of our community have allowed the Arts and Science Center to come alive right before our eyes. Every inch, from the new innovation lab to the art studio and gallery, to the warm welcome center that a Ben Lippen senior recently branded as “a new front porch,” is being fully utilized by students and teachers alike. It is beautiful, functional, and inspirational. This new building, like every facility improvement, program expansion, and curriculum modification still to come, is inspired by the impact on the hearts and minds of our students.
Cardinal Newman School
2945 Alpine Road, 29223
Our world is evolving. The need for strong academic, moral, and faith-filled formation is essential, now more than ever, as the foundation for a stronger tomorrow. We never settle for “how it’s always been” and strive for “what it can be.” Our families expect more. We partner with them to shape young, faith-filled leaders. We REDEFINE EXCELLENCE through an integral educational philosophy that drives our students’ academic, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual development. Our new campus was constructed to support this approach to teaching that gets results. Our families learn very quickly that Cardinal Newman is so much more than a school. It’s our home.
“Our program is student focused, recognizing that each person is made in the image of God with unique gifts and talents. We offer a faith-filled learning environment that challenges students academically and offers numerous opportunities in athletics, the arts, community service, and student activities,” says new Principal Rob Loia. “We believe students grow and flourish when they are confident, knowing they will always be welcomed and cared for while challenged in and out of the classroom.” Cardinal Newman is REDEFINING EXCELLENCE one student at a time in grades seven through 12. Please, stop by and see for yourself.
854 Galway Lane, 29209
Hammond 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, 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. A new Wonder Lab provides Lower School students ample space to design, create, and collaborate — the perfect place to learn both hard and soft skills at an early age. 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. 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 1278, and the average ACT score is 30.9.
• 23 percent of the class of 2019 were named Palmetto Fellows.
• 2019 academic scholarship offerings topped $6.5 million.
• 93 percent of students in middle and upper grades participate on an athletic team.
• Hammond boasts 150 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.
• 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 is 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 year-long 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 — Week-long 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
Northside Christian Academy, established in 2011, is a private evangelical school in Lexington. For nine years, Northside Christian Academy has been voted “Best Private School.” Northside has seen some amazing accomplishments by following an unchanging standard based on God’s Word and the gospel of Jesus Christ. NCA is accredited by SCISA, ACSI, and Cognia. Northside offers many unique electives in our high school, dual enrollment credits for college courses, mission experiences around the globe, service projects throughout the community, a Fine Arts program with amazing musicals and choral performances, along with competitive athletics in all sports. NCA upholds a tradition of academic vitality, and is well known by a culture of love and grace with highly cultivated student/teacher relations.
Because NCA holds true to the mission of “Lovingly leading and equipping students to believe, defend and proclaim the Truth,” students leave NCA with a real sense of meaning. Students understand Biblical worldview and what God is calling them to do to make an impact for Christ. Students at Northside are given many opportunities to share “The Good News” near and far. Student experiences locally and globally are a huge part of the distinct education at Northside Christian Academy.
God is truly doing an astonishing work throughout the world at Northside Christian Academy. Come and see the difference, because “All Eternity Matters!” Hab. 1:5
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 and help them 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 one of only 12 Orton-Gillingham accredited college-preparatory schools in the nation, 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 skills they need to succeed in college and beyond.
2219 Atascadero Drive, 29206
Timmerman School is the Premier STEAM Certified and largest independent 2-year-old through eighth grade school in the Midlands. It was founded in 1954 by June H. Timmerman. The school quickly grew 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. A highly qualified staff guides and instructs students through an advanced academic curriculum with an extremely small teacher/student ratio. If needed, Timmerman’s LOGIC Program, consisting of small groups and individualized instruction, enhances academic proficiency through an Orton Gillingham based curriculum. 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, all statewide recognitions.
The performing arts are an integral part of the total Timmerman experience. A comprehensive athletic program, including volleyball, basketball, sporting clays, track and field, golf, tennis, and cheerleading, builds character and teamwork.
The staff and administration lead through a passion for and a commitment to a quality education. Community service is an integral part of student life at Timmerman School. Come take “The Road to Success” at Timmerman School.