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School Choice Information

We welcome your child and your family in Eugene School District 4J!

You may enroll your student in your neighborhood school at any time. You also may request to have your child attend a 4J school through the district’s school choice transfer process.

The annual application period for 4J resident families is during the month of January prior to fall enrollment. The application period for non-resident families is during the month of March prior to fall enrollment.

Lotteries are held after each period to determine the order in which in-district and inter-district transfers are granted. After May 1, 4J resident and non-resident families may seek transfers for available school openings for fall enrollment

All transfers are granted by priority and in the order they are received.

Apply online: 4Jschoolchoice.com

School Choice Transfers – General Information

Who can apply: To apply for a school choice transfer as a 4J resident, your student must be a 4J resident as of the date of the application and entering a grade K-12 in the fall. To apply for school choice transfer as a non-resident, your student must be a current Oregon resident entering a grade K-12 in the fall. There are no early waiting lists for 4J schools.

Application periods for School Choice Transfer Lottery:

Applications open January 1 of the school year prior to fall enrollment. For 2020-2021 fall enrollment:

  • 4J resident transfer lottery: January 1, 2020 at 8 a.m. – January 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Non-resident transfer lottery: March 2, 2020 at 8 a.m. – March 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m

Lottery results emailed to parents. For 2020-2021 fall enrollment:

  • 4J resident in-district transfer lottery: by February 15, 2020
  • Non-resident inter-district transfer lottery: by April 30, 2020

Deadline to respond to placement offer: The parent/guardian must accept offer within 5 business days from email notification or the offer will be rescinded and offered to the next student.

Post-Lottery Placement Transfer requests: After the lottery application periods, transfer requests may be submitted beginning May 1 at 8 a.m. Post-lottery transfer requests are granted first-come, first-served. If the requested school is currently full, students will be placed on the waiting list based on priority and date of application. For example, if the requesting student is a returning student, sibling or other priority category, they will be placed on the wait list behind other students with the same priority who applied before them.

Non-resident Transfers to 4J Schools

Eugene School District 4J welcomes families who live outside of the district to request a transfer to 4J schools based on availability.

For more information and a list of schools open to non-residents, please see the Out-of-District Transfer Information page at 4j.lane.edu/outofdistrict.

Explore 4J’s many school options

Visit Schools: All 4J schools hold open houses, information nights, tours or other opportunities to visit in January.

School Choice Activity Schedule (January 2019)

You do not need to visit a school for your child to be accepted at that school. For a detailed description of every 4J school, click here.

Elementary School Showcase:  The Elementary School Showcase is a chance to talk with principals and other school representatives from every 4J elementary school and get other information about school choice and more. January 2020 date to be announced at 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St., Eugene.

School Choice Information Meetings: Informational meetings about school choice, held at the 4J Education Center. Spanish interpretation will be available. January 2020 date to be announced at 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St., Eugene.

Please see Frequently Asked Questions. If your question is not addressed, please email schoolchoice@4j.lane.edu.