Columbia Public Schools Lottery Application  CPS


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Welcome to the Columbia Public Schools Lottery Application website


The elementary 2022-23 school year and Jefferson STEAM Middle School 2022-23 school year lottery waitlists are available at lottery waitlists.(opens in a new tab)

Why should you consider a lottery school for your student?

Benton STEM Elementary School(opens in a new tab)
At Benton we focus on "Learning through Discovery and Leading with Character".

Our STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) program is designed around... Benton approaches teaching and learning with the belief that deep understanding is developed through hands-on learning experiences and integration of subject areas. Classroom instruction is guided by the belief that purposeful integration of content areas helps students see how their learning is connected on a daily basis.

Locust Street Expressive Arts Elementary School(opens in a new tab)
The vision of Locust Street Expressive Arts Elementary School is: "We believe that learning through the arts best prepares children for life."

The belief statements that the Locust Street Expressive Arts Elementary School staff have developed are:
Ridgeway Elementary School(opens in a new tab)
The mission of Ridgeway's Individually Guided Education program is to help each student become a self-directed, self-motivated, lifelong learner, capable of meeting the challenges faced during a lifetime.

Ridgeway's Belief Statements are based on the philosophy that 'success teaches success' and that students are unique individuals.
We believe:


Jefferson Middle School: A STEAM Academy(opens in a new tab)
The mission of Jefferson Middle School: A STEAM Academy is: "Developing curious minds into compassionate, connected citizens… one student at a time."


Bus Transportation for Jefferson Middle School in 2021-2022
Jefferson Middle School: A STEAM Academy is a lottery school with an attendance area. In the 2022-2023 school year, all students will be provided transportation, provided they meet the Columbia Public Schools policy regarding distance of residence from the school (https://www.cpsk12.org/transportationinfo(opens in a new tab))

CPS Contact Info