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School Choice

Thank you for your interest in Howard Elementary!

Howard is an amazing place to go to school! With a focus on doing what’s best for kids, Howard staff works incredibly hard to provide a safe, welcoming, and inclusive school environment for all students. With school choice season happening now, check out some of the resources below or join us for one of our school choice Zoom information sessions in January.

We’re holding virtual school choice information sessions on:

     Wednesday, January 20 at 12:00pm   
     Tuesday, January 26 at 6:30pm

Zoom link info can be found below:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 986 5796 1804
Passcode: howard

Howard Elementary is a technology immersion school, featuring a strong academic program delivered by caring and dedicated staff. Our unique, technology-rich instruction model even earned Howard the special honor of being named an Apple Distinguished School.

Howard is a place where families and community members gather to support, celebrate, and honor the diverse achievements of all our children.

The entire Howard staff strives to make each school year one of the most productive and enjoyable years your child will experience. With the caring guidance of talented staff, our students make academic gains while developing persistence and personal responsibility, qualities that form the cornerstone of life-long learning. Our staff and students are a family, bound together through affection and shared goals, and there is a place for everyone at our school.


  • Full time counselor and on-site therapists
  • Title 1 supports for students
  • Onsite YMCA and BEST programs
  • Free breakfast and lunch for all students
  • Beautiful, well stocked library
  • Monthly school-wide awards and student recognition assemblies
  • Student enrichment activities like after school art classes and OBOB
  • Technology integrated into daily instruction
  • After school music program opportunities for students in 3rd-5th grade (Strings and ukulele programs)
  • Human Services Coordinator to support families
  • Systems of support to meet students’ needs
  • New building opened in 2015
  • AMAZING and dedicated teachers and staff!




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Live in the Howard or River Road Elementary Boundary? If you live in the Howard or River Road boundaries, you’re already a Howard student! You’re welcome to come by and pick up an enrollment packet from 8:30-3:00 on school days. You can always give us a call at (541) 790-4900 as well.

In-district school choice applications: Families may now apply online for
in-district school choice. The online request form can be accessed at 4J Enrollment.

Out-of-district transfer applications: The application form to attend Howard for families who live outside of 4J can be found at 4J Transfers.


  • Application Period Opens – Parents may apply online starting January 1, 2021.
  • Deadline to be Included in Lottery – Thursday, January 31, 2021, at midnight
  • School Tours – Join us on Zoom on Wednesday, January 20 at noon and Tuesday, January 26 at 6:30pm to learn more about Howard and ask questions. Zoom Link or Meeting ID: 986 5796 1804 and Password: howard
  • More Information – Visit the 4J District site for more information on how school choice works.
  • Still have questions? – Contact the school office at 541-790-4900 or the Education Center at 541-790-7553.