• The application for Benton STEM, Locust Expressive Arts, & Ridgeway Elementary lottery for the 2024-2025 school year will open on March 7, 2024 at 9:00 am and close on April 11, 2024 at 11:59 pm. 

    Why should you consider a lottery school for your student(s)?

    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...

    • academic excellence developed through high expectations
    • learning and instruction focused on student exploration and real-world relevancy
    • a focus on character development and job-related skills necessary for a range of careers
    • community partnerships helping students identify the application of their learning in various careers

    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 integrating content areas helps students see how their learning is connected daily.

    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:

    • Students learn when taught through the arts and real-world opportunities in a meaningful learning environment that is caring and nurturing.
    • Partnering with families and the community makes solid connections and shows an appreciation for diversity.
    • Positive collaboration leads to well-balanced, creative learning for all.

    Ridgeway Elementary School
    Ridgeway's Individually Guided Education program aims 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.
    We believe:

    • Successful learning experiences build successful learners.
    • Parent involvement encourages and nurtures student learning.
    • Children learn best in environments that utilize multiage and flexible grouping.
    • Children benefit from being part of a learning community and developing relationships with various teachers.
    • Teachers must have the opportunity to learn and collaborate.

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

    • JMS utilizes unique opportunities in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) to provide students real-world learning.
    • JMS integrates Project Based Learning (PBL) conceptual frameworks through a unique curriculum to provide critical thinking and creative opportunities to prepare students for an ever-changing world.
    • JMS provides practical opportunities for students to work collaboratively and develop enhanced skills for College and Career Readiness.
    • In order to provide fresh opportunities for all potential students annually, lottery waitlist will be refreshed and start a new each school year by October 1st.
    • It is an expectation that all students meet behavioral expectations. As lottery students are receiving special permission to attend JMS, they must meet said behavioral expectations or they will be required to attend their attendance area school and their lottery status will be revoked.

    Bus Transportation for Jefferson Middle School

    Jefferson Middle School: A STEAM Academy is a lottery school with an attendance area. In the 2024-2025 school year, all students will be provided transportation, provided they meet the Columbia Public Schools policy regarding the distance of residence from the school (https://www.cpsk12.org/transportationinfo)