The Boarding Program at Ben Lippen, open to middle and high school-aged students from the United States and around the world, is an international learning community hosting 84 students in on-campus housing, and additional international students in American homes. On-campus boarding students reside in homes surrounding a lake. Each home is staffed by caring houseparents who balance love, encouragement, and discipline.
We offer an on-campus boarding program that combines the best of both traditional dormitory life and homestay. Our boarding houses are individual chalets that each have a set of full-time houseparents (a husband and wife) who take care of all of the student’s needs after school and on the weekends including shopping, recreation, homework, etc. We have two houses for girls and three houses for boys. Each house has a total of seven bedrooms for students, dual occupancy. Our boarding houses are situated next to a small lake and provide a safe, quiet atmosphere for study. Students also have great opportunities to interact with their peers and experience a happy social life. Our boarding program offers the structure and consistency of a dormitory with the warmth and care of a homestay program.
|School Name||Ben Lippen School||Type||Co-ed|
|Religious Affiliation||Others||Accommodation Type||House Boarding|
|Telephone||(803) 807-4110||School Type||Private|
|Address||7401 Monticello Road, Columbia, SC 29203|
|Total Enrolled Student||800||Enrolled 9th-12th||330|
|% to go Colleges||Over 90%|
Our admission process requires the following: completed application, two years of transcripts, English test score (TOEFL, TOEFL Jr., IELTS, SLATE or ELTiS), Skype interview with me and family bank statement (per SEVP requirements). We require the equivalent of a 50 on the TOEFL for grades 9 and 10, 60 for grade 11. We will accept similar scores on the other exams listed above. Following acceptance, we ask for a tuition deposit and then we will issue the Form I-20. Ben Lippen School does provide ESL courses for students who have not earned an 80 on the TOEFL. We also provide a special ESL Bible class for first year students, TOEFL prep class and a special World Cultures and Georgraphy ESL class. Ben Lippen international students are asked to take the TOEFL exam one time each semester until they earn an 80 or higher. We provide transportation to the TOEFL exam on Saturday mornings throughout each semester (TOEFL test center is about 10 minutes’ drive from our school).
1.Online Application – Click here for the online application. A $100 (USD) non-refundable application fee is required in order to submit the online application, and separate references from an English teacher and Math teacher are required before the application is considered complete. Links to the English and Math teacher reference forms are within the online application.
|Fees & Payments|
|Year 2019 8th $ 0.00 9th $ 39,250.00|
|2019-20 Tuition and fees: $39,250 for tuition, boarding, meals and insurance.
International admission is available for students in grades 6-11 on a rolling basis (most enroll in August or January). We will consider international applicants for Grade 12 on a case-by-case basis.
Tuition Deposit $3,000,
|AP, Honors, Clubs & Others|
We have 14 AP courses including Chemistry, Physics, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Art, English, and History. Ben Lippen also offers an Honors Diploma for students who would like to graduate with honors. Dual enrollment classes are offered through Columbia International University (www.ciu.edu) with whom we share our 400-acre campus. There is a small additional fee for dual enrollment courses.
Ben Lippen’s challenging college prep curriculum prepares students for the academic rigors of higher education, with 100 percent of students being accepted to college.
The class of 2015 received over 6 million dollars in renewable scholarships to some of the finest colleges and universities. Recent graduates have been accepted to Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Southern California, Duke, Boston College, University of Washington, Syracuse, Washington University in St. Louis and Penn State.
|Acceptances of Colleges after graduation|