School Details

Lowell High School

50 Father Morrissette Blvd, Lowell, MA 01852
(978) 937-8900

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 & ungraded 3403 students 14 students/teacher (MA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade


Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)

In 2010-2011 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math, and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Lowell School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards


Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCASSTE)

In 2010-2011 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Lowell School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Lowell High School is a public high school in Lowell. The principal of Lowell High School is William Samaras. 3,403 students go to Lowell High School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 66% of the 3,403 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Lowell High School is 14:1. Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 9% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 37% 39%
Asian/Pacific Islander 30% 29%
Asian 30% %
Hispanic 24% 24%
Multiracial 0.8% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.1%
Pacific Islander 0.1% 0.04%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 66% 68%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    I'm currently a Junior at Lowell High School. I have been to three different high schools in the past three years of school not including the year between freshman and sophmore year that I took off to have my son. This is by far the best school I've been to. The majority of teachers CARE. They help me out a LOT knowing that I have a child and Don't have it easy at home. Despite this I will be dropping out this week. My guidance counselor knowing that my mind is made up is helping me look into different GED programs and helping me to make a stable plan. Most counselors I know wouldn't bother. I love this school and I'm glad that I got to experience people in power that actually care. I really needed that and it gave me the confidence to make the decisions I have and actually KNOW that i can succeed.

  • (12 months ago)

    We moved from Bedford MA to Lowell this past Summer and my son in (9th grade) enjoys it far better here! The Freshman Academy at Lowell High provides a healthy protection from upperclassmen. The size and diversity provides far more class choices with high honors AP classes sports and after school programs. For advanced kids the 'great secret' is that there is the Latin Lyceum program (need to test to qualify) which is equivalent to a 'private' school education at a public school cost. The city center also provides musical cultural educational experiences at UMass Lowell and the Tsongas Center. We feel our kids are safe to walk around by themselves. The diversity is amazing which reflects the world we live in with Asian Hispanics Blacks and Whites. Lowell has been a far better overall educational experience for our kids (14 13 9) than a mono-culture suburban environment. Bedford was also great and has its strengths but moving to Lowell has been one of the best decision we've made.

  • (1 year ago)

    Lowell High has a well rounded educational advantage for students. It is diverse and has connections with great city leaders and colleges.

  • (2 years ago)

    my son is going to this school right now i thought if he went to this school that he would fail his classes but just the oppisit he is thriving in this school the teachers a great to him he goes every day this wk is test wk he is doing awsome thanks lowell high i appreciate all ur help with my son ;)

  • (5 years ago)

    I am currently a senior at LHS and I don't see the problem with the security guards. I barely see security guards when I am going to my classes. I know they're there but they are just helping with movement of the halls (since there are many kids) and safety. I personally thinki security makes everyone feel more safe. And ID Badges are not a big deal; you put it on your neck and forget about it for the rest of the day. Other than that Lowell High has great teachers you connect with that can make you laugh and give you a good education at the same time. And with over 30 clubs and activities including Science Club Yearbook Club Mock Trial and Chess Club LHS makes it easy to get involved. And some of the sports there are the best in the state. GO LHS!

  • (5 years ago)

    to the person who said there are gangs in th area aorrry but i have lived in lowell my whole life i hve never heard a gunshot and people are not being pop off every other day. the sucirtity is a little tight ya bu not bad. great classes i had and am having a good time there

  • (6 years ago)

    Lowell High School in Lowell Mass. was tops! A diverse student body. We learned to respect differences in one another and look beyond the color of one's skin the type of last name they had or from which socioeconomic background from which they came....we were challenged to ask questions be curious and to embrace life-long learning and finally we learned through the role models of our teachers and administrators to give back to the community and to the country. LHS forever!

  • (6 years ago)

    I went to Lowell High School Class of 07. It was a great school despite the negative talk about LHS being a bad school with many problems. It has many facilities that care about the students and their educations. The school help many students prepare for college with their many college prep programs. The school also provides many after school programs. It also has diversity like no other school has. LHS ROCKS!

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm a freshman at Lowell high now and it's the best high school ever!!! Diverse cultures and activities make this school special. A year ago I attended Dunedun Highland Middle School in Palmharbor Florida and it's nothing compared to Lowell high even though it is a wealthier school. W00t Lammy!!

  • (6 years ago)

    Its an awesome school. I absoulutely love it here and I feel that it has helped me for life on my own. I love being in an academy and it feels like my second family. There are a multitude of clubs and afterschool activities. Tutoring is alos available. But yeah I've had some pretty awesome times here. Security may be a little tight but its only for our safety.

  • (8 years ago)

    I went to Lowell High School graduated in 1998 before all these fun extras were put in place and I would have to say that it put me in a great place academically. I felt that it prepared me for college better than other high schools had prepared some of my peers. I knew other students in college who had attended high schools in wealthier districts of course nearly every district is wealthier than Lowell who had a much more difficult time adjusting to a college workload. Eight years later I still feel like I recieved a very high quality education at Lowell High. I was well prepared to write research papers and the like when I was in undergrad. When writing graduate papers I still think back to writing tips that I learned in a freshman English class.

  • (8 years ago)

    I went to Lowell High School-Class of 2004 -I have to admit it was overwhelming to have so much securities in every crack and corners of the school but it was a good thing because the students can feel more safe and at lease it's a good confort to the parents to know that 'My son/daughter is going to be safe in school...' Lowell High help me prepare for college and the teachers are really understanding and communicative. I would recommend this school to my children and everyone else. To me this is a top notch school. With securities and strict rules this doesn't make the school look bad the students and how they interact in school is what makes the school look bad I think.

  • (10 years ago)

    Being a student at Lowell High I can tell you all what its like. The atmosphere is great the security is excellent and the academics are awesome. Lowell High has so much to offer and is a great way to prepare for college.

  • (10 years ago)

    LHS security is not as bad as these others make it out to be. Other schools (*not LHS) make schools carry clear backpacks and before entering each student has to pass the metal detector. LHS' system of ID Badge check is nothing compared to that and I don't see why more security would be an issue. You want your children at risk of another Columbine? LHS also provides students with the oppurtunities to succeed if they choose to with a list of academic courses that rivals small colleges ties with Middlesex CC and UML a wide number of activities and clubs after-school etc. Compare Lowell High to schools with similar populations and LHS is clearly one of the better.

  • (10 years ago)

    I also think the security is a bit too overwhelming and are enforced too much.

  • (10 years ago)

    I think this school average but the security is needed because the overwheming of gangs in the area. I went to LHS and the classes very challenging to me.

  • (10 years ago)

    we think this school is way too strict with overwhelming security guards making this school making a bad name for its self. Even though with the extracurricular activities this school tries to make it's still not a very up to scale high class school for anyone besides the people who lives in its own town

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