Head of the Class

Ben Lippen School

7401 Monticello Road

Columbia, SC, SC 29203

Phone: 803.807.4106

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Dr. Tony Fajardo

Dr. Tony Fajardo has been head of school for Ben Lippen School, a college preparatory school in Columbia, since 2017. Dr. Fajardo is a seasoned educator with more than 20 years’ experience in school administration. His career began as a teacher and dean of students with Dade Christian School in Miami, Florida. He also served as secondary principal at Florida Bible Christian School in Miramar, Florida. Recently, Dr. Fajardo joined the Board of the Council on Educational Standards and Accountably.
When Dr. Fajardo arrived at BLS, he took the time to analyze the budget, focus on the school’s strengths, and encourage growth and excellence. He was intentional about pursuing excellence in the four A’s: arts, academics, athletics, and attitude (spiritual life). The focus was on listening intently, accountability, planning, and implementation.
Ben Lippen School has experienced record enrollment for five straight years with more than 1,050 students currently in grades Pre-K3 through 12th and is looking ahead to more than 1,100 students in the 2022-23 school year. Approximately 30 of them are international students who live on campus and attend high school. Under Dr. Fajardo’s leadership, BLS erected a new Arts and Science Center, updated athletic facilities including the $1.8 million Mondo track, expanded the school across three campuses in Columbia, and launched signature academic programs like the Certified Nursing Assistant program. Additionally, Dr. Fajardo and his leadership team led the school through the reaccreditation process with both the Association of Christian Schools International and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, in addition to becoming members of CESA.
Dr. Fajardo has established a clear vision for the future of BLS to become the premier Christian school in the Southeast, identified by intentional discipleship of students, varied college preparatory academic offerings, a dynamic fine arts department, and competitive athletic programs. His goal is to continue to focus on the school’s mission by seeking to glorify God by educating students from a biblical worldview to impact the nations with the message of Christ.