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Enrollment Information

Note:  dates and details here are for last year.  For current information contact the Educational Placement Center.

A note to interested Students/Parents

 

Dear 8th Grade Students/Parents,

Thank you very much for your interest in Lowell High School. Lowell, founded in 1856, is the oldest public high school west of the Mississippi River. With an outstanding Academic Performance Index score of 951 (2012), Lowell has consistently been ranked in the top 100 high schools of the nation by "US News and World Report" and by "Newsweek Magazine.” Lowell has been recognized four times as a National Blue Ribbon School and seven times as a California Distinguished School. Each year around 700 out of over two thousand applicants are admitted to Lowell High School.

 

Thank you again for your interest in Lowell High School!


What factors are used to determine admission to Lowell?

Lowell High School has had a merit-based admissions policy. Admission is selective and competitive.

  • Final grades for the first semester of the 7th grade in English, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science 
  • Final grades for the second semester of the 7th grade in English, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science 
  • Final grades for the first semester of the 8th grade in English, Mathematics, Social Studies, and ScienceCST (STAR) test scores from Spring 7th grade or Lowell Admission test in January 2012 
  • Information submitted on the Lowell Application (extracurricular activities demonstrating leadership skills, extenuating circumstances, demonstrated ability to overcome hardship, and family information) 
  • An essay to be written at the applicant’s current school (All schools with Lowell applicants will be given 
  • instructions for administering the essay requirement.)

There are three different Bands (qualification methods) for admission into Lowell High School. There is also a separate evaluation of Special 

Education – RSP applicants for admission to Lowell High School.
  1. Band 1 admission is based on: The applicant’s grades in English, Math, Social Studies, and Science from the entire 7th grade and the 1st semester of 8th grade. The applicant’s scores from the English Language Arts and Math portions of the CST (STAR) test in the spring of 7th grade or the Reading and Math portions of the Lowell Admission test in January of the 8th grade year.
  2. Band 2 admission is based on: The applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.00 (derived from English, Math, Social Studies, and Science from the entire 7th grade and the 1st semester of 8th grade) and a minimum 60% average in the CST (STAR) or the Lowell Admission test.
  3. To be considered for Band 3: The applicant must have a minimum of 64 points derived from: The applicant’s grades in English, Math, Social Studies, and Science from the entire 7th grade and the 1st semester of 8th grade, the applicant’s scores from the English Language Arts and Math portions of the CST or the Reading and Math portions of the Lowell Admission test in January and be attending a Band 3 identified school.  Band 3 schools will be identified as under-represented using data from the last several years of student population, number of applicants and number of admissions.  Assignments to Band 3 seats are made based on Principal nomination.

To learn more, visit the Educational Placement Center on the SFUSD website.

Applications

Lowell High School does not process student applications. For information regarding the admission policy and application procedures, please contact the SFUSD Educational Placement Center (241-6066). Lowell does not make decisions concerning who is admitted.

You must submit an application to San Francisco Unified School District's Educational Placement Center located at:

555 Franklin Street, Room 100
Tel: (415) 241-6066
Fax: (415) 241-6087

School Tours

To better enable all prospective students and parents to learn about Lowell, we are offering weekly school tours on Wednesdays starting October 3, 2012. Each tour will be about forty-five minutes (9:45 - 10:30 a.m.). Tours include a brief introduction of the school by VICCI (Volunteers in College and Career Information) Center parent volunteer(s) followed by a campus visit led by Lowell student volunteers. To reduce the interruptions to classroom instruction and student learning, no classroom visits are permitted.

Each family is allowed two people on the tour, one student and one parent. Tours are limited to 100 people on each day, first come first served. Once any particular day is fully booked, that date will be taken off from the above log on link. You will receive an email confirming your reservation at least one week prior to the tour.

Once again, all of us at Lowell thank you for your interest in our school and hope to see you during one of the tours.