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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Lowell Public Schools is a public school district located in Lowell, MA. It has 14,548 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 39% of students are at least proficient in math and 41% in reading.

Lowell Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
41%
Percent Proficient - Math
39%
Average Graduation Rate
80%
Average SAT
1150
458 responses
Average ACT
27
31 responses

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
14,548
Free or Reduced Lunch
54.1%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$71,695
Teachers in First/Second Year
14.8%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$17,328/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    67%
  • Support Services
    28%
  • Other
    6%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$51,987
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,111
National
$949
Median Home Value
$251,300
National
$184,700

Lowell Public Schools Reviews

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Lunches are free and all the schools are in one general area. I like how the school is centered in the middle of our city so anyone whether they live in Pawtuckettville or South Lowell, they can all get access to our high school. Not only that, but our high school is also very large, with a student body of over 3,000. A problem with the large population though is the student to faculty ratio. The ratio is undocumented but for every teacher you can assume there are at least 20-23 students. Another problem I have with the Lowell Public Schools is their poor decision matrix. Sometimes they make decisions completely against those who vote and won't even take student opinion into consideration. Lowell Public Schools makes decisions for us changing the way we go to school without consulting how the students may feel about it. But overall the school system runs smoothly with little to no errors. Except for heating and cooling issues.
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I'm a current senior at Lowell High. The administration is ineffectual and the opposite of transparent. They hide facts about school-wide incidents and instead convey vague messages that encourage rumors. With some exceptions (school canceled due to gas leaks, mice droppings in cafeteria food) classes go on fine, but the conditions of the facilities are undeniably poor. There are many kind, helpful teachers who are unfortunately limited in resources (school running out of copy paper) and overshadowed by unfair staff and a handful of teachers charged with sexual misconduct. Athletics and arts are fine, but clubs are generally composed of unmotivated members. The Latin Lyceum used to be a supportive honors program, but now just restricts course options with no benefits. The diversity in the school and city is unparalleled by surrounding suburbs. For the city experience, I'd recommend LHS if you can tolerate incompetent administrators and average academics and activities.
As a graduated student of Lowell High School, I have to say it was a really good experience. I enrolled for the last quarter of sophomore year, and it was very eye opening to me, since I was a transfer student from another school in a different country. It was very different from what I saw in the movies, such as lunch, schedules, and people. There are more asians than other races, which made me feel more comfortable, and adjusted easily to the school. Not to say I am afraid of other races, but as an asian myself, it made feel like home. It was really fun, and I have always like my high school. I would want to visit, and recall all of my best moments there. There are a lot of incidents that happened, such as the gas leak, which I will never forget about. The school should pay good attention to our safety in school, and the buildings.