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  1. Academics
    B-
  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 an above average, public school district located in Lowell, MA. It has 14,516 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 40% in reading.
Address
155 Merrimack Street
Lowell, MA 01852
Telephone
(978) 674-4320

Lowell Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
40%
Percent Proficient - Math
39%
Average Graduation Rate
82%
Average SAT
1140
400 responses
Average ACT
26
31 responses

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
14,516
Free or Reduced Lunch
54.1%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$70,808
Teachers in First/Second Year
14.8%

Finances

Total Expenses
$202,139,000
Expenses Per Student
$16,597/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    65%
  • Support Services
    31%
  • Other
    4%

Lowell Public Schools Reviews

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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.
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In many public schools, especially Lowell High School the building is in poor quality and many times there is ongoing construction disrupting school learning.
My overall experience in the Lowell Public schools system was about average. It's harder for kids who want to learn to get into a good environment for learning when teachers spend so much time yelling at disruptive students. There is also bullying, even in the lower grade levels, that is somewhat tolerated by teachers and administration. The food is terrible as well.