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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 different 4J school through the district’s school choice process.

The best time for district residents to apply is during the month of January. The best time for non-residents to apply is during the month of March. Lotteries are held to determine the order in which requests are granted for available openings.

IMPORTANT DATES for 2019:
Students who live in 4J may apply Jan. 1–31, 2019, to be included in the lottery. Students who live outside of 4J may apply March 1–31, 2019, to be included in the lottery. Post-lottery transfer requests will be accepted beginning in May 2019.


IN-DISTRICT TRANSFERS FOR NEXT YEAR

2019–20 School Choice for District Residents

Looking ahead to your child’s school choice for next year? The school choice period for district residents is January 2019. The online application will be open January 1–31 for families to apply to be included in the school choice lottery.

Visit Schools: All 4J schools hold open houses, information nights, tours or other opportunities to visit in January.  Tour schedules will be posted here in late December 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: Saturday, January 12, 10 a.m.–12 p.m., 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St., Eugene. 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.

School Choice Information Meetings: Informational meetings about school choice, held at the 4J Education Center. Spanish interpretation will be available.
• Saturday, January 12 (during the Elementary School Showcase, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.)
• Tuesday, January 15

Application period opens: Tuesday, January 1, 2019, at 4Jschoolchoice.com

Deadline to be included in lottery: Thursday, January 31, 2019, at midnight

In-district lottery conducted and lottery results emailed to parents: by mid-February 2019

Deadline to accept placement: 5 business days from email notification

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

Post-lottery requests: After the lottery application periods, post-lottery requests may be submitted beginning Monday, May 1, 2019, at 8 a.m. These requests are granted first-come, first-served, and will be placed on the waiting list if the school is currently full. 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.

 


IN-DISTRICT TRANSFERS FOR CURRENT YEAR

2018–19 School Choice for District Residents

The 2018–19 school choice lottery for district residents has been conducted. 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 opened: May 1, 2018

Deadline to submit online application: Wednesday, December 20, 2018, at midnight (to request a 2018–19 transfer after December 31, contact the school choice office at schoolchoice@4j.lane.edu)

Deadline to accept placement: 5 business days from email notification

Online application: http://4jschoolchoice.com


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 requests received during the appropriate application period will be included in the lottery. Families who apply 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 annual Elementary School Showcase. 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, and in which priority order. You may request 1, 2 or 3 schools, and must rank them in order of preference. 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 in January; the deadline for district residents to be included in the initial school choice lottery is January 31. The request form for interdistrict transfers will be available online in March; the deadline to be included in the lottery is March 31.
  • 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 interdistrict transfer 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • Requests after the lottery application deadline will be accepted beginning May 1. Requests may be accommodated if there is space available or will be placed on the waiting list.

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 district residents, 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 non-residents, 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 temporary 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 have priority to enroll in the Eugene IHS program at their neighborhood high school if they reside in the region. Students who live in the River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School and Howard Elementary School neighborhood superboundary may choose to enroll in either 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 language immersion schools.
  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 for an interdistrict transfer to enroll in 4J.

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

 


Students With Disabilities (Special Education/Section 504)

Parents of students receiving special education or Section 504 services 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.


Questions? 

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