School Choice Information
Transfers between neighborhood schools and entry into alternative schools are possible as space is available. All school choice request forms received during the annual open enrollment period will be included in the school choice lottery which takes place each spring for the following school year. Transfers will be granted in the order determined by the lottery. Transfer requests received after the lottery deadline may be accommodated if there is space available, otherwise the student will be placed on the school’s waiting list.
To be considered eligible for the School Choice Request process:
The following elementary schools have been identified for free/reduced meals priority: Buena Vista, Camas Ridge, Charlemagne at Fox Hollow, Edgewood, Edison, Gilham, and Yujin Gakuen.
Students who participate in school choice at the high school level will be eligible to participate in interscholastic athletics in accordance with procedures established by the superintendent. The procedures are intended to prohibit recruiting of athletes without unjustly penalizing students. The procedures in no way are to be interpreted as condoning the recruitment of any athlete from one high school to another since recruitment is a clear violation of District 4J policy and intent.
Parents will be responsible for transportation to and from school unless space is available on a district bus traveling to that school.
Once approved, a transfer will ordinarily remain in effect until the student completes the highest grade in the school or the student’s parent requests that school choice be rescinded
When a student is promoted to a new level (from level K–5 to level 6–8 or from level 6–8 to level 9–12), the student will enroll in the school in the attendance area in which his or her parents reside unless a school choice request is submitted and approved. Students attending K–8 or K–12 alternative or language immersion schools will automatically be enrolled in the next level school. If the student rescinds enrollment in the alternative or language immersion school, a school choice request must be submitted and approved to remain in a school outside their attendance area.
School choice may be revoked by the superintendent or if information on the school choice request application is falsified.
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.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.
Please visit 4j.lane.edu/instruction/enrollment/schoolchoice/ for more school choice information.
Why do people say “4J?”
Many people say “Eugene School District,” or “Eugene School District 4J,” but “4J” is easy to both say and write. Also, it helps to differentiate from the Bethel School District, which is also located in Eugene.
Where did the name come from? The Eugene School District originated in 1854, five years before Oregon attained statehood. One of many changes over the years, in 1964 the district absorbed Coburg School, whose attendance boundary goes nearly to Harrisburg, and became a “joint” school district: Thus, “4J.” The “4” means that 4J was the fourth school district incorporated in the Lane County. The “J” means that it is a joint district, because it also covers a small part of Linn County to the north.