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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: 434
Principal: Larry Williams <williams_l@4j.lane.edu>
Secretary: Katie Wold <wold_k@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:
To inspire, challenge, and equip our community of students with the knowledge and skills required to reach their full potential.

Program Description:
Arts & Technology Academy is a neighborhood middle school that integrates Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and 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. 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 school building in fall 2017
  • We are an inclusive student-centered learning community that focuses on equity and multiculturalism
  • STEM electives vary, including computer science and programming, design & modeling, automation and robotics, and robotics/rockets/renewable energy 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, choir, 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: