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Choosing between Eugene's top high schools

With four major high schools in the Eugene area, many parents may have trouble when going about choosing which school is right for their child to go to.

EUGENE, Ore. — With four major high schools in the Eugene area, many parents may have trouble when going about choosing which school is right for their child to go to.

"Every one of the schools has a stereotype that is true in some ways, but really does a poor job in explaining all the qualities of each of our schools," said Andy Dey, the principal at South Eugene High School. "All four of them are very good."

4J District Spokesperson, Kerry Delf, says that many parents pick South Eugene, Sheldon and Churchill high schools due to their International High School (IHS) opportunities. Others pick North Eugene High School for their International Baccalaureate Program.

Delf says they manage to keep the staffing-to-student ration in check if one high school becomes more popular than the others.

"There are some limits to how many students can transfer or move from one school to the other," said Delf. "That's a very thoughtful process in how determining how many students will be able to transfer to school without having any negative impacts on other students in that school."

Delf says in the 4J high schools, the estimated student-teacher ratio is 29-1.

Sheldon and South Eugene both camp off at 1500 students, while Churchill and North Eugene cap off at 1000.

"We do the process early on in the year so that families know and can begin to make plans," said Delf. "So as the budget projections come out and the staffing projections come out, we can accommodate for our changes in student enrollment based on people who take advantage of the school choice process."

Each high school will hold tours this month to help parents and students make the right decision on what school to choose.

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