What is an alternative school?

Eugene School District 4J’s alternative schools provide the same basic curriculum as neighborhood schools, but typically focus on a specific subject area or teaching model. There is no tuition for those who live within the 4J District. Enrollment is limited by available space; when interest exceeds openings, placement is by lottery. The alternative school lottery application deadline is the first Friday in March.

What about kindergarten?
Family School is excited about the addition of our kindergarten program started in the fall of 2009.  The program is now a full-day program.  To learn more about the program, see the parent brochure here:  FSKinderBrochure.pdf

Is before and after school care available?
Eugene Creative Care offers before and after school care in the cafeteria. They offer games, crafts, cooking projects, gym and playground time, field trips and just plain fun! They also offer child care on no-school days. For more information, call their office at 683-7291.

What about middle school?
Family School’s Elementary program continues into Middle School.  For the 2009/2010 school year we have a 6th grade class, and we will then add one middle-level grade each subsequent year.  In the fall of 2011, Family School will have our complete Kindergarten through 8th grade program housed in one building.  The 6th and 7th grade classes will be multi-grade, while 8th grade will be a single grade

Do you have a TAG program?
Family School’s mixed age classrooms and flexible curriculum allow all children to learn at their own pace and level. There are many challenges available for TAG (talented and gifted) students. Teachers differentiate curriculum to meet the diverse needs of learners, and both the project-based model and Explorations choices offer opportunities for students to extend their learning.  The University of Oregon offers summer and weekend programs for TAG students. See http://interact.uoregon.edu/tag for more information about the University’s programs.

Does Family School compost?
Okay, so nobody asked, but we thought you’d like to know. Yes, Family School is one of very few schools that composts lunch leftovers. We also recycle milk cartons.  Compost is used in our garden program, both as a learning opportunity and of course to feed our wonderful plants.