7401 Monticello Road
Columbia, SC, SC 29203
Since 2017, Tony Fajardo has been the head of school for Ben Lippen, a college preparatory school in Columbia. Mr. Fajardo is a seasoned educator with more than 20 years of experience in school administration. He started his career 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, Mr. Fajardo joined the board of the Council on Educational Standards and Accountably (CESA).
When Mr. Fajardo arrived at Ben Lippen School, he took the time to analyze the budget, focus on the schools’ strengths, and encourage growth and excellence. He was intentional about pursuing excellence in the arts, academics, athletics, and attitude (spiritual life). The focus was on listening intently, accountability, planning, and implementation.
Today, Ben Lippen School has experienced record enrollment for three straight years with more than 930 students in grades Pre-K3 through 12 and looking ahead to more than 1,000 students in 2021. Approximately 25 of them are international students who live on campus and attend high school.
Under Mr. Fajardo’s leadership, Ben Lippen School has erected a new Arts and Science Center, updated athletic facilities like the $1.8 million Mondo track, and expanded the school across three campuses in Columbia. Also, Mr. Fajardo and his leadership team led the school through the reaccreditation process with both ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) and SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools), as well as becoming members of the Council on Educational Standards and Accountability (CESA).
Under Mr. Fajardo’s leadership, a clear vision for the future of the school has been established. Ben Lippen School’s vision is to be the premier Christian school in the Southeast, identified by its intentional discipleship of students, varied college preparatory academic offerings, dynamic fine arts department, and competitive athletic program. Mr. Fajardo’s 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.