The mission of Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School is to promote learning through the arts, based on the belief that arts integration enhances student achievement in school and community, throughout life. This model of public education is enriched by Lee’s small learning environment, its unique geographical location in the heart of downtown Columbia, and the diversity of its student body. Approximately half of Lee students live in its neighborhood attendance area, while the other half attend by lottery or special permission.
Founded in 1904 as one of Columbia’s first public schools, Lee became an expressive arts school in 1990. As a result, Lee students have the opportunity to integrate art, music, movement, drama, and literature with math, science, reading, and social studies. Students regularly work with local musicians and artists, perform concerts, display visual art, attend performances, and visit museums and galleries. Lee’s Artist-in-Residence program brings professional artists to the school for valuable in-depth art experiences that enrich the lives and education of all Lee students.