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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Lowell High School is a top rated, public, magnet school located in San Francisco, CA. It has 2,720 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. According to state test scores, 88% of students are at least proficient in math and 94% in reading.

Lowell High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
94%
Percent Proficient - Math
88%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1340
1,067 responses
Average ACT
30
303 responses
AP Enrollment
41%

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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    D-
Median Household Income
$73,920
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,150
National
$949
Median Home Value
$570,968
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
94%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.93 responses
Poll
81%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.93 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 321 responses
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  • Kermesse
    17%
  • Co-curricular Day
    16%
  • Winterfaire
    15%
  • Talent show
    12%
  • Spirt Week
    10%
  • Rallies
    9%
  • Social science department dance
    7%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,720
Free or Reduced Lunch
38%
97%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.103 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.103 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.103 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
22:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$68,439
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.2%
58%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.128 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.128 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.128 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$16,195/ year
National
$12,239
93%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.138 responses
49%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.138 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.138 responses
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Lowell is definitely a high performing school that excels on multiple aspects. Lowell has been named a California Distinguised School and National Blue Ribbon school multiple times. Academics are definitely challenging with many teachers that are knowledgeable and passionate about the subjects they teach, and a large variety of AP and language courses are offered. Lowell sports dominate in San Francisco and we have won many city and state championships. Our arts department is vibrant and healthy with a stellar jounalism team. However, with this great acclaim, comes great rivalry and competitiveness between students. Many students measure their worth with their crazy high GPA's, numbers of AP's they took, and the colleges they've been accepted to. Lowell is a very well rounded school, but I would only recommend it to students who can deal with the high stress and pressure that comes along with attending here.
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My fellow students are engaged and apply themselves in academics, clubs, social engagements, sports, and in all aspects of school. Because of this attitude, there is very few discipline or bullying issues. I also love picking my own classes and teachers starting in the sophomore year. As I have done this for the last 5 semesters, I am ready to create my own schedule in college. The number of clubs, sports and other extra curricular activities to choose from is vast. One will find something of interest them here. Major thing that Lowell can benefit from is more racial diversity. There is social economic diversity but not racial diversity.
My fellow students are engaged and apply themselves in academics, clubs, social engagements, sports, and in all aspects of school. Because of this attitude, there is very few discipline or bullying issues. I also love picking my own classes and teachers starting in the sophomore year. As I have done this for the last 5 semesters, I am ready to create my own schedule in college. The number of clubs, sports and other extra curricular activities to choose from is vast. One will find something of interest them here. Major thing that Lowell can benefit from is more racial diversity. There is social economic diversity but not racial diversity.