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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
    B
  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 2,774 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 85% of students are at least proficient in math and 92% in reading.

Lowell High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
92%
Percent Proficient - Math
85%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1340
1,223 responses
Average ACT
30
334 responses
AP Enrollment
41%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$82,852
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,242
National
$949
Median Home Value
$951,813
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
93%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.107 responses
Poll
79%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.107 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 373 responses
  • Co-curricular Day
    17%
  • Kermesse
    16%
  • Winterfaire
    15%
  • Talent show
    12%
  • Spirt Week
    10%
  • Rallies
    10%
  • 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
2,774
Free or Reduced Lunch
35%
97%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.117 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.117 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.117 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$56,548
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.2%
61%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.142 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.142 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.142 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
$16,096/ year
National
$12,239
93%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.152 responses
51%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.152 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.152 responses
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Lowell High School Reviews

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Although my time at Lowell high school has not been long, it has been satisfactory. The people here are all great but that may be due to the fact that most of the student’s academic levels are similar. There is a bit of a competition when it comes to studies because this school is known for it’s “smarts”. The amount of assignments I’ve received has not been overloading because my I had all the right teachers. As long as you know how to balance yourself, you’ll do fine here.
There are many unique clubs to join and sports you can try out for! All Lowellites are welcoming to new members! There’s volunteering clubs such as Red Cross, or cultural clubs like Phil-Am and many more! We also have multiple sports such as football, soccer, volleyball, lacrosse, badminton, basketball, etc! Being a part of a club or team is what’ll make your time worthwhile in my opinion.
Overall Lowell is a great school to attend! You’ll meet all the right people and gain a meaningful experience.
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Lowell High School is a highly competitive school, known for its ambitious students and challenging nature. Although this tends to create a stressful atmosphere for many, I found that it also motivated some students to strive to perform their best. Lowell provided me with many opportunities that I do not think I would have access to had I gone to another school, such as a wide variety of clubs, sports, tutoring opportunities, etc. With the ability to choose our classes, teachers, and blocks in a process known as Arena and having an "open campus," Lowell provides its students with a sense of freedom not commonly seen in other schools. I highly recommend Lowell due to the valuable opportunities, but be prepared to study a lot!
Lowell was extremely challenging in terms of academics. The school was very competitive as it was filled with outstanding students that came from different middle schools in San Francisco. Fortunately, I was one of the 7 students from my middle school who got accepted into Lowell. I had good grades, but not the best. I applied to Lowell because of how challenging it could be, so I wanted to see if I could make it which I did. 3 years ago, I graduated from Lowell. Now that I think about it, the school was overly competitive just to put students against each other. Some of the brilliant peers I knew did not get accepted from the colleges they wanted to attend because of how competitive our high school was. I am currently attending City College of SF in hopes of attending University of SF or Dominican University of CA for their outstanding nursing programs. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the next few months!