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My daughter will be in kindergarten for the 2012-2013 school year. I would like to test her into gifted/advanced programs after kindergarten and am interested in schools that offer this option.
Commute doesn't worry be too much. I may want to limit it to about 20 minutes, if I can.
Thank you all so much for the advice. I am looking to list my current property in 2-4 months, so there is potential for a mid-year elementary school transfer as well.
I'd start with looking into schools if I were you. How old is your daughter and what grade will she be in? Here's a link to the 4J school district map: http://www.4j.lane.edu/maps - it shows you where the schools are and the boundaries for each one. It also depends on how much you want to spend on a house -- the area around UO has the schools with some of the highest 4J test scores historically. But that area also has the highest price per square footage of house. For proximity to UO, I'd concentrate on the SE area of Eugene first -- there are generally more affordable houses above E. 24th to E. 30th between Alder and Agate. More expensive ones between E. 24th and E. 19th between Alder and Agate. You can walk to schools, both UO and the 4J schools, from that area. Another alternative is the close-in SW area -- Willamette to Chambers, W. 19th to W. 28th -ish. Still good schools, still kinda close to UO, you could bike but probably wouldn't walk to UO. There are a lot of "safe" neighborhoods, so there are also other areas you could look that would be a farther commute to UO but still have good schools. Eugene has excellent bike paths, so if you're into bike commuting to UO then you have even more options. Eugene public schools are a lot different from Portland ones -- I grew up in pdx and still have a lot of friends with kids there, so I've heard a lot about them. Eugene also has public alternative schools -- so you should look into those as well. My daughter went to an alternative school for K-5 then Roosevelt Middle School and then South Eugene High, but the alternative International High School program. You can even transfer from one boundary area into an alternative school in another boundary area -- but you wouldn't be walking to school that way.
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I am very familiar with the Eugene/Springfield area, having lived here most of my life. I actually graduated from the UO. I would be more than happy to email you some different options to narrow down your search areas.
Darren Ricketts, Broker
Windermere Real Estate/Lane County
1600 Oak Street, Eugene OR 97401