- All elementary age students who are residents of the Columbia School District are eligible to attend Benton, Lee and Ridgeway elementary schools.
- Students who live one mile or more from school are provided bus transportation.
- Because of the nature of the instructional program at the schools, parents should visit the school for orientation before applying.
- Parents requesting that their child(ren) attend one of these schools must complete an online application. Upon completion of the online application, parents/guardians will receive an email receipt verifying that their application has been received. The email receipt will contain a confirmation code used to during the lottery process.
- Parents can choose only one school per application. If you believe your child would benefit from more than one of the schools, you are encouraged to make an appointment with the principal of the other school(s) and describe how your child's interests can be met by that school.
Kindergarten Enrollment for the 2017-18 School Year
- In order to apply for the lottery, parents must have their child's school identification number. This number is assigned when your child is registered with the Columbia Public Schools through their attendance area school. Please click here for a list of things you’ll need before applying.
- The Columbia Public School Help Desk will be prepared to provide application support, including the student's school identification number. The Help Desk can be reached at (573) 214-3333.
- The online application does not become available until March 27, 2017. A random drawing will be held mid-April to fill the available spaces. Notification letters will be mailed to parents soon afterward (typically within two weeks). A student is considered enrolled at the lottery school only after the parent has accepted the placement offer.
- If a child has been placed on a waiting list, parents will be able to review their child's status on the lottery Web site under the waiting list tab. If a placement becomes available, principals from the lottery schools will notify parents personally.
- When a student is selected in the lottery and accepts enrollment, younger siblings will be automatically enrolled in future years. Siblings of students have enrollment priority at kindergarten only.
Enrollment Information for Students Entering Grades 1-5
- Benton STEM Elementary Elementary School Waiting List Policy
Any student, entering grades K-5, may apply for the Benton STEM Elementary lottery during the online enrollment period. Students entering kindergarten who are randomly selected during the annual spring drawing will be accepted for placement based upon positions available for the upcoming school year. All remaining kindergarten through fifth grade students are placed upon a waiting list and will be placed as space becomes available. Students are put on the waiting list for the current year only and may re-apply each year. Inquiries may be directed to the school office. Paper applications are required after the lottery waitlist is created. Applications submitted after the online lottery period is closed are added to the end of this list in the order they are received.
- Ridgeway and Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School Waiting List Policy
Any student, entering grades K-5, may apply online for Ridgeway Elementary School or Lee Expressive Arts School during the online enrollment period. Students will need to have enrolled in the Columbia Public Schools prior to applying online. Students entering kindergarten who are randomly selected during the spring drawing will be accepted for placement based on positions available for the upcoming school year. All remaining kindergarten through fifth grade students will be placed on a waiting list and contacted as space becomes available. Students will remain on the waiting list from year to year and do not need to reapply. After the lottery waitlist is created, students may apply by completing a paper application. Please contact the school office for a paper application. Applications submitted after the lottery period is closed are added to the end of the existing waiting list in the order they are received.
Every effort will be made annually to place all students who apply for acceptance. However, the teacher-pupil ratio will not exceed the average elementary teacher-pupil ratio for the district.
An online waiting list will be maintained for those students who are not selected because of insufficient space. Available spaces will be filled from this list. Siblings are not given priority after the kindergarten year.
Lottery students transferring out of Benton, Lee, or Ridgeway will go to the end of the waiting list if a return is requested. Readmission will be permitted for families on sabbatical or for temporary requests for medical reasons. Attendance area students who move out of the attendance area of Benton and Lee will need to apply for the Lottery for the next school year.
If you have any questions about the programs or the selection process, you may contact:
Dr. Laura Lewis, Principal, Benton Elementary: (573) 214-3610
Ed Elsea, Principal, Lee Elementary: (573) 214-3530
Shari Lawson, Principal, Ridgeway Elementary: (573) 214-3550
Ben Tilley, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education: (573) 214-3400