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Arts & Technology Academy

1650 West 22nd Avenue, Eugene, OR 97405
(541) 790-5700 Fax: (541) 790-5705

School website

Grades: 6–8
Enrollment: 415
Principal: Larry Williams <williams_l@4j.lane.edu>
Secretary: Tammie Taucer <taucer_t@4j.lane.edu>

School Hours:
M–Th: 9:00–3:35
Friday: 9:00–2:35
Breakfast and Lunch Menu

Feeder Elementary Schools: Adams, Chávez

High School Region: Churchill

Mission Statement:
Committed to equity, Arts & Technology Academy teaches 21st century skills, creating global learners for a new tomorrow.

Program Description:
Arts & Technology Academy is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Lab School that integrates the Arts (STEAM). Students participate in scientific inquiry and project-based learning in all content areas using the design process. Teachers integrate reading, writing, mathematics and science curriculum to support problem solving and critical thinking skills learning about real world challenges. Our students participate in a wide array of electives that allow them to apply the concepts they are learning in their core classes, from robotics and rockets to “Medical Detectives.” This provides students opportunities to explore their own interests, learning styles and core values. Students’ experiences result in strong academic growth during their middle school years preparing them for high school success and the STEM courses at Churchill High School.

School Highlights:

  • Arts & Technology Academy opened its new state-of-the-art STEM school building in fall 2017
  • We are an inclusive student-centered learning community that focuses on equity and multiculturalism
  • STEM electives include computer science and programming, STEM in the kitchen, design & modeling, automation and robotics, build it, robotics/rockets/renewable energy, and medical detectives to provide students with opportunities to explore STEM fields and build 21st century skills
  • Our performing and visual arts program includes beginning, symphonic and jazz bands, drama, global art and digital photography
  • We are an AVID school committed to preparing students for college and career options
  • We monitor student academic progress and, if necessary, provide targeted instruction and interventions through math and language arts support classes, along with acceleration through multi-age math instruction
  • We are partners with the University of Oregon STEMcore, currently participating in two National Science Foundation (NSF) grants with UO science professors

School Improvement Goals:

  • Address Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards through a variety of rigorous and innovative curriculum structures that are consistent with best practice
  • Incorporate community, families and local organizations to participate in the learning community
  • Ensure that all students meet or exceed grade level benchmarks in reading and math
  • Ensure effective use and access to technology for all students across the curriculum

ODE school report cards and AYP reports 

 

Long History, New School: Jefferson Junior High, later Jefferson Middle School, served students at this site from 1957 to 2007, along with a variety of co-located alternative school programs over the years. In 2007, Jefferson Middle School closed and the new Arts & Technology Academy school program opened in the former Jefferson building.

Voters approved a bond measure in 2013 to make capital improvements across the district, including replacement or major renovation of multiple schools. A new building was constructed in 2016 and 2017, mostly new construction but retaining and renovating a portion of the former Jefferson Middle School building. The new Arts & Technology Academy building opened in the fall of 2017.

Jefferson History (yearbooks and more) 

Arts & Technology Academy construction time-lapse, 2016–2017: