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School Choice Information

IMPORTANT SCHOOL CHOICE DATE CHANGES: 4J has pushed back deadlines to make sure that all families have the opportunity to apply for a transfer while school buildings are closed statewide due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Please see below for more information.

2020-2021 Online application 4jschoolchoice.com

2020-2021 Application Dates:

  • January 1-31: Lottery for 4J resident students only
  • March 1-April 30: Lottery for non-resident/out-of-district students only NEW DATE
  • Starting May 6: Placement for 4J resident and non-resident students NEW DATE
2020-2021 Notification Dates:

  • By February 15, 2020: 4J resident lottery
  • By May 15, 2020: Non-resident lottery NEW DATE
  • Starting May 6, 2020: Placement is ongoing through 2020-2021 school year, please contact School Choice office for more information NEW DATE
NOTE: There is a 5-day deadline to respond. 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.

School Choice Transfers – General 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 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 will be accepted beginning May 1 prior to fall enrollment. 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 4J enrolls student at age-appropriate grade levels.

Application periods for School Choice Transfer Lottery (subject to change):

For fall enrollment, applications will be accepted:

  • 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 2020, the deadline has been extended to April 30, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

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

  • 4J resident transfer lottery: by February 15
  • Non-resident Inter-district transfer lottery: by April 30. *For 2020, the date has been changed to May 15, 2020 due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

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 interdistrict lotteries, applications may be submitted beginning May 1. * For 2020, the date has been extended to May 6, 2020 due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. 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 at 4j.lane.edu/outofdistrict.


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 2nd 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 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.


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

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

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.


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