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School Choice Information

The district’s school choice policy means that any student in the district may request to attend any 4J school. Families who live outside of the district may request a transfer to 4J. Lotteries are held each spring to determine the order in which requests are granted for available openings.


2017–18 School Choice for District Residents

The 2017–18 school choice lottery for district residents has been conducted. Post-lottery, in-district transfer requests may be submitted starting May 1, 2017.

Post-lottery, in-district transfer requests are placed first-come, first-served. If there is a waiting list, requesting students will be placed in the appropriate priority area on the waiting list in the order received. If the requesting student has priority as a returning student, sibling or neighborhood resident, they will be placed on the wait list behind other students with the same priority who applied before them.

Post-lottery school choice application period opens: Monday, May 1, 2017, at 8 a.m.

Deadline to submit online application: Saturday, December 31, 2017, at midnight (to request a transfer after December 31, contact the school choice office)

Deadline to accept placement: 5 business days from email notification

Online application: http://4jschoolchoice.com


2017–18 School Choice for Non-Residents

There are two ways for families to request to transfer to Eugene School District 4J, established by state law: “open enrollment” and “interdistrict transfers.”

Open enrollment: The 2017–18 open enrollment application period has closed and the lottery has been conducted. For more information about open enrollment, please visit the Out-of-District Transfers page.

Interdistrict transfers: The district will accept requests for one-year interdistrict transfers for 2017–18 beginning Monday, July 3, 2017, at 8 a.m. For a list of schools open to out-of-district transfer requests, please visit the Out-of-District Transfers page in June 2017.

4J residents who want to transfer to another school district must apply to the district they wish to transfer to.

Interdistrict transfer application period opens: Monday, July 3, 2017, at 8 a.m.

Deadline to submit application: Tuesday, July 31, 2017, at midnight

Online application: http://4jschoolchoice.com


2016–17 School Choice for District Residents (current year)

The application period for the school choice lottery for district residents for 2016–17 has closed. To request a transfer after December 31, contact the school choice office.


2016–17 School Choice for Non-Residents (current year)

The application period for the open enrollment lottery for out-of-district resident for 2016–17 has has closed. The application period for post-lottery interdistrict transfers for 2016–17 also has closed.


School Choice Application Process

You may enroll your student in your neighborhood school at any time. You also may request to have your child attend another 4J school. If you live outside of Eugene School District 4J, you may request to transfer your child to 4J.

Requests are granted in an order determined by lotteries held early in the calendar year for the following school year. All eligible school choice and open enrollment requests received by the deadline will be included in the lottery. Families who apply during application windows after the lottery deadline will not be included in the lottery.

To apply for in-district school choice, your student must be a 4J resident entering kindergarten through twelfth grade in the fall. There is no early waiting list for any 4J school.

To request enrollment in a 4J school other than your neighborhood school:

  • Explore the options. Schools hold open houses, information nights and other events during the month of January. 4J elementary school principals and other school representatives are available to talk with parents about their schools at the Elementary School Showcase on Saturday, January 6, 2018. We recommend researching or visiting school programs, but parents do not need to visit a school for their child to be accepted at that school. For more information see Choosing A School.
  • Decide which school(s) to request. You may choose 1, 2 or 3 schools. Please only select schools you are interested in having your student attend. Do not include your neighborhood school or private or charter schools, which have their own application forms and deadlines.
  • Apply online. The request form for in-district school choice for the following year is available online on the first working day in January; the deadline for district residents to be included in the initial school choice lottery is January 31. The request form for out-of-district open enrollment is available online in March; the deadline is April 1.
  • Rank your schools. You must rank your choices (1,2,3).
  • Requests are granted in an order determined by lottery. Lotteries are held shortly after the lottery application deadlines for school choice requests from district residents and open enrollment requests from non-residents.
  • Get your lottery results in the week following the lottery. Notifications are sent via email and are also available by logging into your dashboard at 4Jschoolchoice.com. 
  • Accept or decline any school placement offer within 5 days. If offered a space, either immediately after the lottery or when a space becomes available later, parents must decide whether to accept or decline the space and notify the school by the specified date. If you decline a space or do not respond within 5 days, the space will be offered to the next child on the waiting list. Once you’ve accepted a school, your student’s name will be withdrawn from your lower-ranked schools’ wait lists but will remain on the wait list for higher-ranked schools.
    IMPORTANT: Please regularly check your dashboard and your email’s spam or junk filter. Parents are solely responsible for accepting offers within the 5-day period. The district is not responsible for notification emails that are not opened or not read. 
  • After the lottery application deadline, in-district school choice requests may be accommodated if there is space available or will be placed on the waiting list. Out-of-district residents who miss the lottery application deadline may apply in July for a one-year transfer; see Out-of-District Transfers.

Enrollment Priorities

Neighborhood residents may enroll in their neighborhood schools at any time. Next, district residents have priority for any openings at neighborhood schools and alternative schools. Remaining openings may be available to non-resident students after 4J residents are accommodated.

Certain groups of students have priority for enrollment. The following priorities apply to both lotteries and post-lottery wait list placement:

  1. Returning students. For school choice, this means a student enrolled in a neighborhood school who has moved to another 4J school attendance area and wishes to remain enrolled at the same school. For open enrollment, this means a student who was a 4J resident enrolled in a 4J school who has moved to another school district, or a non-resident who is currently enrolled in a 4J school on a one-year interdistrict transfer, and wishes to remain enrolled in 4J.
  2. Co-enrolled siblings. This priority applies for a student whose sibling is already enrolled and will remain enrolled during the coming school year in the requested school or K–12 language immersion program.
  3. Neighborhood attendance areas. This priority applies only for a few schools: Students who reside in the Churchill, Sheldon, and South Eugene regions have priority to enroll in the Eugene IHS program at their neighborhood high school. Students who live in the River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School and Howard Elementary School neighborhood superboundary have priority to enroll in the other school.
  4. Free and reduced-price school meals. At elementary schools that have fewer students than the district average qualifying for free or reduced-price meals, students who qualify have a priority on an alternating basis. This means spaces are offered in alternating selections between the two separate lists of qualified students and all students. This priority applies only to in-district school choice.
  5. Language priority. This priority applies only for two schools: The district’s two Spanish immersion elementary schools, Buena Vista and River Road/El Camino del Río. At these schools, students who are heritage Spanish speakers have a language priority.
  6. All other students.


Residency Requirements

To be considered a resident of Eugene School District 4J, your student must reside with you inside the district boundaries more than 50% of the time. If you are registering your child with us for the first time, or have changed your residence since registering, you will need to verify that your child still resides within the 4J boundaries. Proof of residence is required. A student and parent or guardian must reside within the Eugene School District boundaries before enrolling a student or submitting a school choice application as a resident. For more information see Proof of Age and Address.

If you live outside the district, you can apply to enroll in 4J as an out-of-district student.

For boundary information, look up your address online or email hollingsworth_l@4j.lane.edu.


Students With Disabilities (Special Education/Section 504)

Parents of special education students and Section 504 students may apply to transfer their student to a school other than their neighborhood school or the school listed on the student’s IEP or Section 504 plan, as allowed by the district’s school choice policy.

If a student with a disability is accepted through school choice, his or her position on the list will be held at the choice school until the district has objectively determined whether the choice school can provide appropriate special education and related aids and services for the student, and there is space in the program. If the special education program does not have space or the student’s IEP or Section 504 plan cannot be implemented at the choice school, the student will be denied transfer into that choice school.

If necessary, an IEP or Section 504 meeting may be convened to determine if the student’s IEP or Section 504 plan can be implemented at the choice school.

The parents of a student with disabilities (special education and Section 504), who attends a school other than their neighborhood school on a school choice transfer, must provide their own transportation.



Please see School Choice FAQs or email hollingsworth_l@4j.lane.edu