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Hammond School

At Hammond, they believe a quality education develops the whole child. They supplement their curriculum by nurturing artistic talent, cultivating crucial skills learned through athletic competition, instilling a desire to serve others, and providing opportunities for leadership. Hammond is a place where bright, enthusiastic young people become critical thinkers and problem solvers.

Developing the whole child is what they do best, but the intrinsic benefits of a Hammond education make them unique. Their classes are small and average 16 students, offering a safe environment and individual attention. Over 50 athletic teams provide ample opportunities for all students to participate, and most importantly, their students feel emotionally secure expressing themselves.

Graduating students from Richland One in South Carolina

The Mission of Hammond School

Hammond School offers a college-preparatory curriculum which promotes the love of learning for a lifetime. The school embraces the Judeo-Christian tradition of moral and ethical values, but respects all religious beliefs and traditions and seeks applicants of all races, religions, and nationalities. The mission of Hammond School is to instill in students a commitment to academic excellence and recognition of individual potential that will contribute to the development of their characters.

Hammond School has been recognized as a leading independent school offering an education grounded in the basics, but enhanced with opportunities for global learning and unique learning activities outside the traditional classroom that challenges and builds each student in mind, body and spirit.  Hammond School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in any of its policies, practices or procedures.

Administration Building

854 Galway Lane

Columbia, SC 29209

Phone: (803) 776-0295


107 acre campus + 112 acre farm
19 main buildings contain 85 classrooms
Academic Center for Excellence (ACE)
Developmental Enrichment Center (DEC)
2 libraries
4 labs
4 art studios
2 music studios
Early Technology Center
College Counseling Center
2 dining halls
350 seat theatre
Lecture Hall
2 gymnasiums
Fitness Center
Wrestling Barn
Lighted football stadium
Lighted baseball field
8 tennis courts
Cross-country track
Practice fields
Soccer/track and field complex
Softball field
Lacrosse field
International Residential Houses
Golf Short-range Practice Course

Fast Facts

860 students in PK – 12th grades

48% boys & 51% girls with 19% minority

150 faculty and staff members

16 years average teacher experience

Global Emphasis

Annual Country of Study with a faculty member from each division visiting the country

International travel for faculty and students including eleventh grade trip to Costa Rica

Overnight school trips beginning in the fourth grade

Outdoor Education Program

Outstanding natural history program and Naturalist-in-Residence for Lower and Middle School focusing on Primitive Technology

Comprehensive wilderness program for the Upper School

107 acre campus with woodlands and wetlands and a 112 acre farm


Average Teacher/Student Ratio

8 to 1



Hammond Pride Points

Hammond’s unmatched academic curriculum successfully prepares students for college and beyond.

The heart of Hammond is an intangible sense of community and spirit that sets us apart from other schools.

Our global focus opens many curricular opportunities and populates the faculty with seasoned world travelers who continue to add depth to this community.

Early Technology Week, a program unique to Hammond, is a co-curricular opportunity to expose students to primitive forms of technology and life hundreds of years ago.

Hammond’s athletic program, arguably the most successful in South Carolina, annually sees 90% of middle and upper school students participating, and is the two-time recipient of the SCISA President’s Cup Award.

Getting to the “art of the matter” is what we do best! Be it visual arts, performing arts, or music, we begin cultivating students as young as pre-Kindergarten.

At Hammond, education not only develops the mind, body, and spirit, but lifelong friendships are formed and nurtured as students “grow” through the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools.

There’s safety in numbers! Our small size affords students individualized attention and numerous opportunities to excel athletically, academically, and artistically.

On Friday, you see RED! The spirit of Hammond comes alive each Friday when the younger students gather for a morning assembly and end with Hammond’s fight song.

Our Experiential Education Program is a trip! Beginning in 4th grade, our students travel within the United States and internationally to locations that complement our curriculum, assist in personal development, or enhance our arts program.

One world, one school! Students from all 14 grades regularly interact with one another, be it in pep rallies or opportunities for older students to mentor younger students.

Our College Counseling Program is the envy of other schools, and prepares students to navigate the process and ultimately gain admission into their chosen college or university.


Lexington County Private Schools

Covenant Christian Academy

3222 Platt Springs Rd

West Columbia, SC 29170


PK - 8th Grade

Glenforest School

1041 Harbor Dr

West Columbia, SC 29169


K - 12th Grade

Heritage Christian Academy

649 Barr Rd

Lexington, SC 29072


K - 8th Grade

Northside Christian School

4347 Sunset Blvd

Lexington, South Carolina 29072


K4 - 10th Grade

Richland County Private Schools

The Barclay School

4702 Colonial Dr

Columbia, SC 29203


K - 12th Grade

Benedict College Child Development Center

1608 Westminster Dr

Columbia, SC 29204



Ben Lippen School

7401 Monticello Rd

Columbia, SC 29203


K - 12th Grade

Bethel Learning Center

819 Woodrow St

Columbia, SC 29205


PK - 4th Grade

Cardinal Newman School

4701 Forest Dr

Columbia, SC 29206


6th - 12th Grade

Center for Learning, Inc.

2729 Covenant Rd

Columbia, SC 29204


K-4th Grade

Central Carolina Christian Academy

2739 Covenant Rd

Columbia, SC 29204


K5 - 12th Grade

Columbia Jewish Day School

5827 N. Trenholm Rd

Columbia, SC 29206


K2 - 6th Grade

Covenant Classical Christian School

3120 Covenant Rd

Columbia, SC 29204


PK - 12th Grade

Grace Christian School

416 Denham Ave

West Columbia, SC 29169


K5 - 12th Grade

Hammond School

854 Galway Ln

West Columbia, SC 29209


Preschool - 12th Grade

Harmony School

3737 Covenant Rd

Columbia, SC 29204


Preschool - 6th Grade

Heathwood Hall Episcopal School

3000 S Beltline Blvd

Columbia, SC 29201


Preschool - 12th Grade

Heritage Christian Academy

3000 S Beltline Blvd

Columbia, SC 29201


Preschool - 12th Grade

Jubilee Academy

1410 Sunnyside Drive

Columbia, SC 29240


K4 - 8th Grade

Montessori Early Learning Center

1101 Balsam Rd

Columbia, SC 29210


PK - 8th Grade

Palmetto Baptist Academy

1510 South Beltline Blvd

Columbia, SC 29205


PK - 12th Grade

St. John Neumann Catholic School

721 Polo Rd

Columbia, SC 29223


PK - 6th Grade

St. Joseph Catholic School

3700 Devine St

Columbia, SC 29205


K4 - 6th Grade

St. Martin de Porres Catholic Elementary School

2225 Hampton St

Columbia, SC 29204


Preschool - 6th Grade

St Peter's Catholic School

1035 Hampton St

Columbia, SC 29201


Preschool - 6th Grade

Timmerman School

2219 Atascadero Dr

Columbia, SC 29206


Preschool - 8th Grade

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