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School Choice and Transfer Information

2020–21 Online Application 4jschoolchoice.com

2020-2021 UPCOMING Application Dates:

  • Starting May 6, 2020: Placement for 4J and non-resident students. Application is open through December 17, 2020.
2020-2021 UPCOMING Notification Dates: 

  • By Monday, July 20, 2020: Next placement for applications submitted June 22, 2020 and after.
  • June 22, 2020 placement COMPLETED. Notifications emailed and account dashboard updated.

Click Here for important notes regarding Summer 2020 Post-lottery Placement


School Choice Transfers – General Information

We welcome your child and your family to 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 January 1–31 prior to fall enrollment. The application period for non-resident families is March 1–31 prior to fall enrollment. Lotteries are held after each period to determine the order in which transfer offers will be granted.

Post-lottery transfer requests from 4J resident and non-resident families are accepted beginning May 1 prior to fall enrollment and through mid-December. Post-lottery transfer requests will be placed on school waiting lists by priority and in the order they are received.

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 a 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, and the district enrolls students at age-appropriate grade levels.

School choice transfer lottery application periods

For fall enrollment, applications will be accepted (subject to change):

  • 4J resident transfer lottery: January 1–January 31 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Non-resident inter-district transfer lottery: March 1–March 31 at 11:59 p.m.

For fall enrollment, lottery results will be emailed to parents:

  • 4J resident transfer lottery: by February 15
  • Non-resident inter-district transfer lottery: by March 15.

Deadline to respond to placement offer

A parent/guardian must accept a seat offer for their student by the 5th business day after email notification. If no action is taken by the parent/guardian, the system will auto-decline the seat offer on the 5th business day and offer the seat to the next student on the waiting list.

Post-lottery placement requests

After the 4J and non-resident lotteries, applications may be submitted beginning May 1–mid-December. Post-lottery applications are placed first come, first served. If the requested school is currently full, students will be placed on the waiting list based on  date of application and priority. 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.

Out of district (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 (non-resident) Transfer Information page.


School Choice Enrollment Priorities

  • 4J residents before non-residents
  • Returning students
  • Siblings who will be co-enrolled
  • Free and reduced meal qualification (in-district lottery only; selected schools)
  • Heritage language speakers (language immersion schools only)
  • High school residence area (Eugene International High School programs only)

Returning student To qualify for a returning student priority, the student must be attending the school for the current school year and requesting to continue enrollment in the school or district next school year.

Sibling To qualify for a sibling priority, the students must reside in the same household, and the applicant’s sibling must be attending the school for the current school year and be eligible to be co-enrolled at the school with the applicant in the next school year.

Free and reduced meal qualification (in-district lottery only; selected schools) To qualify for a free and reduced meal qualification priority, the student’s family household income must be at or below the guidelines for the school year in which the application is submitted. If the student is attending a 4J school for the current school year, they must have submitted an application and received eligibility approval for the current school year. Families applying for kindergarten must submit an application and receive eligibility approval prior to enrollment.

Heritage language speaker (language immersion schools only) To qualify for a heritage language speaker priority, the language must be the student’s first language or the parent’s first language and the dominant language spoken at home. Language priority also may be granted to students entering second grade or higher from an immersion program in another program or district.

High school residence area (Eugene International High School only) To qualify for a high school residence priority, the student must reside in the host high school neighborhood. For example, to qualify for a high school residence area priority to the International High School at Churchill, the student’s neighborhood school must be Churchill High School.


School Choice and Transfer News

January 2020

Explore 4J’s many school options during School Choice month

Visit Schools: All 4J schools hold open houses, information nights, tours  other opportunities to visit in January. Click to download a detailed schedule 2020 School Choice Tours and Activity Schedule

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 to download the 2020 Schools Guide.

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. Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St., Eugene.

School Choice Information Meetings: Informational meetings about school choice. Spanish interpretation available. Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 7 p.m. at 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St., Eugene.

Summer 2020

Post-lottery placement May 6 – December 17, 2020

Applications will be placed onto to waiting lists at this time at all schools in according to application date/time and in order of priority.

Be prepared to enroll your student in their neighborhood school for 2020-2021 school year if your student is on a waiting list at the end of the 2019-20 school year.  However, continue to monitor your school choice dashboard for openings throughout the summer as openings do become available closer to the beginning of the school year.

Offers must be accepted within 5-day deadline. A parent/guardian must take action to accept a seat offer for their student by the 5th business day after email notification. Please login to the school choice account and click Accept or Decline. If no action is taken by the parent/guardian, the system will auto-decline the seat offer on the 5th business day and offer the seat to the next student on the waiting list.


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