Ben Lippen School
7401 Monticello Road, 29203
“Ben Lippen School seeks to glorify God by educating students from a biblical worldview to impact the nations with the message of Christ and by assisting the family and church in equipping students spiritually, academically, socially, and physically under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.”
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 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.
Our desire at Ben Lippen is 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. Students are exposed to other cultures, the latest technology, high-quality academic training, and skills development through our athletic and arts programs, which prepare our students to go on to higher education and adulthood prepared with 21st century skills that impact the world for Christ.
Cardinal Newman School
2945 Alpine Road, 29223
Cardinal Newman is redefining excellence! We do this by creating unique opportunities that you won’t find anywhere else. Our AP Capstone Diploma Program ensures that students have developed the skills most necessary for college success, focusing heavily on research, collaboration, and effective communication. We are the only private school in the Midlands and one of just 2,000 schools nationwide to offer this program.
Our Frassati Student Athlete Development Program is designed to provide a personalized academic and athletic road map for students who wish to pursue their sport at the collegiate level. Student athletes can enroll in the program at any time during high school, though we encourage participation beginning in the ninth grade, to maximize the benefits.
Cardinal Newman is also proud to offer the DeLaSalle Program; a full-inclusion program for cognitively challenged students in the seventh through 12 th grade.
A testament to the demanding and diverse academic curriculum we provide, as well as the dedication and encouragement of our instructional staff, our 2020 graduating class was accepted into esteemed universities such as Notre Dame, Georgetown, The University of the South (Sewanee), Vanderbilt, and Duke, just to name a few. In total, they were awarded $7,321,624 in state-funded, talent and merit scholarships. Call us today to schedule your tour.
By the Numbers:
Percentage of faculty with advanced degrees: 65 percent
Number of Advanced Placement Courses Offered: 21
Percentage of Catholics/Non-Catholics: 56 percent/44 percent
Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:12
Covenant Classical Christian School
6515 North Trenholm Road, 29206
Redefining Excellence | In the Classroom, On the Field, In the Community, For their Futures
Education is the cultivation of wisdom and virtue by nourishing the soul on truth, goodness, and beauty so the student may glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
What does it mean to be “Distinctly Christ-Centered and Classical?” First and foremost, Covenant Classical Christian School is a kindergarten through 12th grade Christian school that incorporates the methods and content unique to a classical education. As a distinctly Christ-centered school, we place the Word of God at the center of all learning by boldly acknowledging that all things come from our Creator and that every area of life must be subject to glorifying Him.
A classical education includes the methods for teaching children as God has created them by recognizing the developmental stages of grammar, logic, and rhetoric. A classical education at Covenant also has a distinguished curricular program that includes Suzuki Violin, Phonics, and Cursive Penmanship beginning in kindergarten; Latin; Formal Logic; Rhetoric; Philosophy; Hermeneutics; and Apologetics, in addition to an advanced course of study in Literature, History, Math, and Science.
We serve Christian parents in educating their children by providing a distinctly Christ-centered and classical education designed to cultivate discipleship, scholarship, and citizenship in the life of the students so they are equipped to transform the culture for Christ, “in whom are hidden all treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
1041 Harbor Drive, 29169
Does your child need a “Positive Place to Learn?” Glenforest School serves students with learning disabilities, high-functioning autism, attention deficit disorders, and other mood/emotional disorders by providing a stable, positive learning environment. We begin by recognizing each child’s unique needs and foster their learning through the creation of successful experiences in the classroom and co-curricular activities.
Our students grow as they begin developing their own individualized learning plans along with their families and Glenforest staff. Effective academic and social skills instruction supports our students, enabling them to succeed and reach their full potential.
If you are looking for a place for your child to thrive, we invite you to come to Glenforest, a “Positive Place to Learn” where student success is our priority.
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 it is committed to teaching students to think ahead. Hammond’s 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. The 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 1263, and the average ACT score is 28.1.
• 25 percent of the class of 2020 were named Palmetto Fellows.
• 2020 academic scholarship offerings topped $6.5 million.
• 93 percent of students in middle and upper grades participate on an athletic team.
• Hammond boasts 152 state championship athletic teams.
• Athletics received the SCISA President’s Cup for three consecutive years.
• Award-winning drama department.
• The Select Ensemble choir performs at home and abroad and has sung before the pope at New Year’s Day mass.
Heathwood Hall Episcopal School
3000 S. Beltline Boulevard, 29201
Since 1951, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School has been an educational leader in South Carolina. From age 2 through 12 th grade, we are a community of learners who go beyond the basics of a traditional education by learning to think critically and creatively, to ask and answer challenging questions, to solve problems, and to self-advocate. We believe authentic learning is the result of a supportive environment, inspired inquiry, and the hands-on connection between curriculum and practical application.
In keeping with our Episcopal tradition, we seek to educate the whole child, in mind, body, and spirit and believe deeply that student experiences beyond the classroom, on the playing field, in chapel, in the theater or art studio, are essential to their academic and personal growth.
Heathwood students are supported by a strong and caring community, anchored by an exceptionally talented and dedicated faculty. Our teachers have an average of 18 years of experience, and more than two-thirds of them hold advanced degrees. They bring to their teaching intelligence, creativity, and a deep respect for students as co-creators of the classroom experience. That’s why, since 2001, 12 members of the Heathwood faculty have been named SCISA Teachers of the Year.
Our commitment to developing the whole child manifests itself in our chapel program, which encourages spiritual growth for students of all religious backgrounds, our community service initiatives, through which students of all ages contribute thousands of volunteer hours, and our unique programs of distinction, which emphasize multifaceted, applied learning. Those programs include PEAK, our signature outdoor and leadership development experience; Winterim, which provides experiential learning through short courses, internships, and domestic and international travel; Honors Science, through which students perform and present independent science research; and Senior Exhibition, a yearlong scholarly research project completed by all members of the senior class.
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, and our whole-child approach to education cultivates tenacious, sophisticated thinkers who value service to others over self-interest. Heathwood graduates are engaged, empathetic leaders, prepared not only to take on a dynamic world but to transform it.
Heritage Christian Academy
649 Barr Road, 29072
For more than 24 years, Heritage Christian Academy has been successfully educating leaders of Christian families in the Midlands. We are located in a safe, residential area of Lexington on a beautiful 10-acre campus.
We are a classical, Christian school, and we are committed to the pursuit of truth, wisdom, academic excellence, and the love of learning. The goal of the entire Heritage staff is to support the school’s mission of providing a distinctively Christian school with an extraordinary education.
Heritage students are confident, well-spoken, and self-disciplined in their studies. Through time-tested methods, Socratic teaching, debate, and logic, we seek to instill eloquence, honor, resourcefulness, discernment, and leadership. Our students value and display a love of learning and of God’s creation, treating it responsibly and with dignity. Heritage students love their school family where friendships are made for life!
Heritage alumni have gone on to be leaders in their communities. Our alumni are now teachers, nurses, accountants, and businessmen. We have alumni who have obtained a Ph.D. in pharmacy, medical doctorate degrees, and advanced degrees in architecture, business, and law. We are proud of the remarkable academic success our alumni have achieved, but we are proudest of the refinement and character of these young men and women.
Come grow with us! Contact our admissions director at email@example.com to schedule a tour and learn more about our school!
Northside Christian Academy
4347 Sunset Blvd., 29072
WE ARE FAITHFUL
We promote a biblical worldview — our teachers openly teach the truths of Scripture because their commitment compels an open, unashamed love and service to Jesus Christ.
WE ARE EXCELLENT
Academic instruction is exemplary and our teacher-pupil ratio is lower than other schools, ensuring that each child receives individualized attention and behavior reinforcement.
WE ARE FAMILY
Students are nurtured with biblical truth, values and morals, empowering the lessons taught at home.
WE ARE LOVE
At Northside, we utilize the biblical standard of true friendship, which calls for love, forgiveness and accountability; the positive influence of a child’s Christian peers has no substitute.
WE ARE NORTHSIDE!
We are not simply preparing children for the next test; rather we desire to partner with parents and establish a foundation that will serve your child throughout their lives and eternity. There is no way to place a price tag on a child’s heart and mind or calculate the worth of a young person who is doing the will of God from the heart. Our mission is simple: to lovingly lead and equip students to believe, defend, and proclaim the truth.
Interested in learning more about Northside Christian Academy for the 2021-2022 school year? Schedule your tour today at northsidechristianacademy.com/visit. Please sign up for only one time slot per family. If all of your preferred slots are full, please continue to the following month to sign up or email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an individual tour. We can’t wait to welcome you home!
Come see why Northside is the No.1 choice for private education 10 years in a row!
1500 Hallbrook Drive, 29209
Sandhills School is a college preparatory school for bright students with dyslexia and related learning differences in grades first through 12th. Through individualized Orton-Gillingham instruction, our students gain the confidence, master the tools, and participate in the opportunities they need to realize their potential in academics and life.
Sandhills teachers are highly trained to provide research-based, individualized instruction tailored to each student’s academic needs. Students attain tremendous progress in reading, writing, math, study skills, organization, and college entrance test preparation. Our graduates are recognized by state and national scholarships and are equipped with the skills they need to succeed in college and beyond.
Started by parents in 1970, Sandhills is the only Orton-Gillingham accredited school in the Midlands and one of only 18 in the nation. Sandhills has a diverse student population serving 25 local zip codes and families who have relocated to Columbia from eight states for their child’s education.
This August, we will open the brand-new Boyd Building, providing nine additional classrooms, four reading intervention rooms, a flexible use community space, and a covered patio for outdoor classes overlooking our pond and athletic fields on our beautiful 23-acre Southeast Columbia campus. This generous gift from The Boyd Foundation will allow us to continue to change even more lives in our community.
Team Therapy SC
1710 Richland Street, Suite B, 29201
Team Therapy SC is a family-centered clinic that provides pediatric speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. We make learning fun! Is your student having difficulty with academics, handwriting, language and literacy skills, or fine motor and gross motor delays? We can also help with speech sounds, sensory processing, daily living skills, and feeding difficulties. So often, delays in these areas can lead to challenges with behavior, learning, and self-control.
Using our multidisciplinary approach, we will evaluate your child, match you with a therapist who specializes in serving your child’s needs, and create a customized treatment plan to help your student thrive. At Team Therapy we encourage collaboration between families and the therapists, teachers, or other professionals involved in their care. Please call today or visit our website to learn how we can provide a positive learning experience for your student.
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 Mrs. 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, the 2021 SCISA Administrative Assistant 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. Embedded in the mission of Timmerman School is the fostering of compassion and respect to instill these life-changing virtues in our students. Come take “The Road to Success” at Timmerman School.