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Applying for School Year, 2013–14

4J Resident: School choice requests for the 2013–14 school year were due March 22, 2013. Now that the lottery has taken place, in-district school choice requests may be accommodated if there is space available. Otherwise, the student will be placed at the end of the school’s waiting list until the end of this school year.

2013-14 Post Lottery School Choice Application

Note: The waiting list does not carry forward from year to year. If your request cannot be accommodated in 2013–14, you must reapply in the spring of 2014 using a 2014–15 School Choice Request Form. 

Non-Resident: Out-of-district transfer applications for the 2013–14 school year were due April 1, 2013. Now that the deadline has passed, students who wish to transfer to a 4J school must have the permission of both 4J and the school district where they reside. For Bethel or Springfield exchange requests, please contact Lisa Hollingsworth at hollingsworth_l@4j.lane.edu. For other out-of-district exchange requests, please contact your resident district.

 

 

About School Choice

Parents in the Eugene School District may choose their children’s school. The district’s school choice policy allows any student in the district to attend any 4J school, provided there is space available. Placement is by lottery.

Choices and possibilities for 4J students:

1. Enroll in your neighborhood school.
2. Request to attend another 4J school.
3. Request to attend a public charter school within the district.

 

Kids  interacting during circle time at a 4J kindergarten

Choosing a School

4J schools strive to maintain an innovative, high-quality educational environment. The state and the district have established educational objectives for students that every school must address. However, schools may differ in philosophy and how they meet their objectives. Every district school has been encouraged to build upon its unique strengths and to develop innovative programs to meet student needs. No matter which school you choose, your child will receive an excellent education.

When choosing a school, parents should consider several things:

  • Transportation — School bus service is provided only for neighborhood schools, and bus routes travel only within a school’s attendance boundary. School choice and transfer students may use existing bus services if space is available; otherwise families must provide their own transportation.
  • Time — What parental commitments are required? All schools encourage active parent involvement. Some programs may require heavy participation.
  • Style — How does the school operate? What are the educational and social philosophies of the principal and teachers? How does the school feel? How does the educational approach of the school match your child’s needs?

Finally, investigate—take advantage of the districtwide school visit weeks in January and February to check out your neighborhood school. Find out what programs it has, and talk to the teachers and the principal. Ask yourself what you really want for your child. All neighborhood schools have progressive programs that allow children to go well beyond the basics. One of these may be just what you’re looking for.

If you feel another neighborhood school, an alternative school or a charter school may be right for your child, explore that option through open houses, school visits, talking to teachers, and so on, during the January and February school visit weeks. Make sure you understand the program.

 

About 4J Schools

More than 16,000 K–12 students attend school at Eugene School District 4J's 18 elementary school programs, two K–8 programs, seven traditional middle schools (three of which also house language immersion programs), four comprehensive high schools, and various alternative high school programs. There also are four public charter schools in the district.

Information about every 4J school is available here.

Neighborhood Schools

Find My School View a map or look up your address to find your neighborhood schools.

The starting point. There are many advantages to enrolling your child in your neighborhood school. Each neighborhood school is unique, but all emphasize developing strong educational programs that reflect the needs and interests of children and families in their area. All neighborhood schools strive to constantly improve the overall educational experience, including student performance on state tests, exposure to specialist teachers, extracurricular activities, and parent and community involvement.

The principal at your neighborhood school can share the school’s improvement goals for the year and tell you more about each program’s strengths. We suggest you start by getting to know your neighborhood school by calling to schedule a visit or attending an open house during the school visit weeks in January and February.

You may also transfer to a different neighborhood school if you feel it better meets your child’s needs, you can arrange transportation for your child, and there is space available at the school. For more information about 4J's neighborhood schools, see School Information.

Alternative Schools

4J’s alternative schools develop programs that build on a particular theme or approach to education. Alternative schools in the district include language immersion programs in French, Spanish and Japanese; an arts and technology K–8 school; and other approaches to K–12 education.

Alternative schools have no attendance boundaries — families from all neighborhoods may request to have their child attend the school, and openings are filled in the order determined by the school choice lottery. Families must provide their own transportation. For more information about 4J's alternative schools, see School Information.

Charter Schools

There are three charter schools in this district. Charter schools are public schools that receive public funds under a written agreement — a charter — that outlines student performance goals and educational services the public charter school will provide. Charter schools are independent legal entities governed by their own board of directors, and are excluded from many state statutes and rules (for example, only half of a charter school’s teachers must be licensed by the state). They must provide an equitable enrollment opportunity for any interested students.

Charter schools have their own admission procedures — they do not accept 4J school choice forms and are not included in the 4J school choice lottery. For more information, see Charter Schools.

 

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

If you live outside the district, you can apply to enroll in 4J as an out-of-district student.

  

Students With Disabilities (Special Education/Section 504)

Parents of special education students and Section 504 students 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.

 

School Choice Application Process and Important Dates, 2013–14:

Jan. 24, 2013        School Choice Information Meeting 7 p.m., 200 N. Monroe St.

Jan. 26, 2013        School Showcase — talk to every 4J school, 9:30 a.m. to noon at Chávez Elementary School

Jan. 28–Feb. 1       School Visitation Week

Feb. 1, 2013          Out-of-district (open enrollment) transfer applications available online

Feb. 21, 2013        School Choice Information Meeting 7 p.m., 200 N. Monroe St.

Feb. 23, 2013        School Choice Information Meeting 9 a.m., 200 N. Monroe St.

Feb. 25–Mar. 1      School Visitation Week

Fri., Mar. 22,         5 p.m. deadline (to be included in lottery)

Mon., Apr. 1,         5 p.m. deadline (to be included in lottery)

Mon., April 8          Schools to begin notifying in-district families of available placements

Fri., April 19          Deadline for in-district parents to accept available placement

Wed., May 1          Out-of-district families notified of placement in the district

 

Students may enroll in their neighborhood schools at any time. Alternatively, students may enroll in any other neighborhood school or alternative school in the district, provided there is space available. Placement is by lottery, held each spring for the following school year. All school choice request forms received during the annual school choice period will be included in the lottery. 

School choice requests will be granted in the order determined by the lottery. Requests received after the lottery deadline may be accommodated if there is space available; otherwise the student will be placed at the end of the school’s waiting list. For more information, call 541-790-7553.

School choice request forms for 4J residents will be available online on Tuesday, January 8, 2013. To participate in the school choice lottery for 2013–14, submit a school choice request form before March 22, 2013, at 5 p.m.  Your student must be a 4J resident and 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 will hold open houses, information nights and other events January through March, 2013. 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.
  • Complete a school choice request form, requesting up to three schools. (Do not include charter schools, which have their own application forms and deadlines.) You can print a form from this site, or pick one up at any 4J school or at the 4J Education Center (200 North Monroe Street). Forms will be available beginning in January 2013.
  • Paper forms available at 4J Education Center, 200 North Monroe St. Forms must be submitted to the 4J Education Center, Instructional Services office, 200 North Monroe St, no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 22, 2013.
  • The annual school choice lottery in April will determine the order in which school choice requests are granted for available openings and the remaining students are placed on each school’s waiting list.
  • Schools will notify families of lottery results in the week following the lottery. If offered a spot, parents must decide whether to accept it or decline it, and notify the school by the specified date.
  • School choice requests received after the deadline may be accommodated if there is space available; otherwise the student will be placed at the end of the school’s waiting list.

 

Applying for the Current School Year, 2012–13

4J Resident: School choice requests for the 2012–13 school year were due March 23, 2012. Now that the lottery has taken place, in-district school choice requests may be accommodated if there is space available. Otherwise, the student will be placed at the end of the school’s waiting list until the end of this school year.

Note: The waiting list does not carry forward from year to year. If your request cannot be accommodated in 2012–13, you must reapply in the spring of 2013 using a 2013–14 School Choice Request Form. 

Non-Resident: Out-of-district transfer applications for the 2012–13 school year were due April 1, 2012. Now that the deadline has passed, students who wish to transfer to a 4J school must have the permission of both 4J and the school district where they reside. 

 

Questions?  Please see School Choice FAQs or email hollingsworth_l@4j.lane.edu