Columbia Public Schools Lottery Application  CPS

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Welcome to the Columbia Public Schools Lottery Application website

The elementary 2021-22 school year and Jefferson STEAM Middle School 2021-22 school year lottery waitlists are available at lottery waitlists.

Why should you consider a lottery school for your student?

Benton STEM Elementary School
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
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
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
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 2021-2022 school year, the following students will be provided transportation, provided they meet the Columbia Public Schools policy regarding distance of residence from the school (
All other students are expected to provide their own transportation. If, after the lottery bus routes are determined, Jefferson Middle School students living on those routes may be offered the opportunity to ride a bus.

Jefferson Middle School: A STEAM Academy accepts lottery students each year at the 6th-8th grade levels. Students accepted to Benton Elementary, Locust Street Elementary, and Ridgeway Elementary through the lottery are automatically accepted as 6th graders, provided they submitted a transfer request during the lottery application window, October 9, 2020 through November 1, 2020.

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