What and Where
Eugene School District 4J is a K–12 public school district in and around Eugene, Oregon.
The district spans 155 square miles in Oregon’s southern Willamette Valley. Most of the city of Eugene (about 85 percent) lies inside 4J’s boundaries, as do the town of Coburg and a small part of Linn County to the north.
4J’s administration building, the Education Center, is located at 200 North Monroe Street, Eugene, OR 97402. Several central departments are located there.
Students and Schools
About 16,000 K–12 students attend 4J schools in 18 elementary school programs, a K–8 program, eight middle schools, four comprehensive high schools, an International Baccalaureate (IB) high school program on multiple campuses, alternative high school options, and a life skills program. Program options include three K–12 language immersion programs in Spanish, French and Japanese, and a Spanish/English dual-immersion program in a neighborhood elementary and middle school. In addition, five public charter schools are located in the district.
Why do people say “4J?”
Many people say “Eugene School District,” or “Eugene School District 4J,” but “4J” is easy to both say and write. Also, it helps to differentiate from the Bethel School District, which is also located in Eugene.
Where did the name come from? The Eugene School District originated in 1854, five years before Oregon attained statehood. The district grew over time and in 1964 incorporated Coburg School. Since the Coburg attendance boundary goes into Linn County nearly to Harrisburg, this became a “joint” school district: Thus, “4J.” The “4” means that 4J was the fourth school district incorporated in Lane County. The “J” means that it is a joint district, including parts of two Oregon counties.