School Details

Lowell High School

1101 Eucalyptus Dr., San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 759-2730
10

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Public Grades 9-12 2597 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Francisco Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Lowell High School is a public high school in San Francisco. The principal of Lowell High School is Andrew Ishibashi, whose e-mail is ishibashia@sfusd.edu. 2,597 students go to Lowell High School and are mostly Hispanic, Asian, and Filipino. 0.9% of the Lowell High School students have "limited English proficiency." 40% of the 2,597 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Lowell High School is 18:1. Mercy High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 8% 23%
Asian 70% 41%
Filipino 6% 6%
Multiracial 5% %
Unspecified 3% 5%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 12%
White, non-Hispanic 14% 11%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% 56447%
Pacific Islander 0.3% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.08% 0.6%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 40% 56%
Limited English proficiency 0.9% 31%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    After finishing my first semester at Lowell coming from a small private school I am pleasantly surprised. While most of my friends are attending cushy private high schools I am enjoying being a public school student. I have made amazing down to earth friends who I can rely on for everything. Yes the school is run down but it has heart! I am gaining a much better understanding of math and enjoying biology for the first time. My English class is quirky and interesting and my history teacher is one of the most inspiring people I have ever met. I am involved in several clubs and the homework load is manageable. Lowell has definitely taken me out of the private school bubble which I hugely appreciate. I have become more independent and open to the world. Do not be afraid to come to Lowell!

  • (11 months ago)

    Lowell is not measurable to its reputation. My daughter arrived at this school an honor student and is leaving as one. It isn't because of this school that she is successful. Her counselor is ineffective. My child has been racially profiled by a profanity using teacher. It's her senior year and we couldn't be happier to leave. The courses are challenging but as far as prepping for college it's no different than Galileo. I have two children in SFUSD and my experience is Lowell is really not worth the hype. All of the hoops you must jump in just to get in is not worth it's salt. They have a practice where some students are allowed to skip lunch and take a class so potentially as a minor you can go the whole day without eating. My bottom line is if your child is already a model student you don't have to further prove it by sending them to Lowell. This was my mistake. Once she is in college no one will care that she went to Lowell. Lowell will not provide you with a better opportunity to a UC than any other school will. Especially if the counselor is lazy. I've shared my experience so do as you please.

  • (12 months ago)

    Lowell high school is a great school with great encouraging students and teachers. This school is very challenging but it prepares you for your future. Also it pushes us as students to look on our future to become very organize and successful. Lowell can be difficult to some students but at the end they attend to look back and say " Everything here was worth it!! " . Lowell is a friendly community. I recommend every student to enter Lowell High School.

  • (1 year ago)

    The best asset of this school is the student body. They're motivated well behaved and I feel safe to have my child here. However you're on your own to find out and to get what's right for you. There's not enough school support when issues come up. Some teachers are really bad but if you get the good ones this is a great school with lots of opportunities. We're disappointed with some teachers in the math department who just don't care about students and their potential and development. It's very disheartening. Another veteran parent has told me before that she's not sending her second child here just because she found the math department so broken. All in all it's still a very good place because of the wonderful peers any child will find and you'd still have your share of good teachers.

  • (1 year ago)

    I agree with the previous post For all the hype and self-regard Lowell hasn't been a fabulous experience for my son. He is an intellectual person who loves ideas but he's found many of his courses dull and many of his teachers uninspiring (he's had a number of good teachers who I'm grateful for but too many Lowell teachers seem to be just putting in time.) SAT's GPA's and how many AP classes you can cram into your schedule seems to be the major preoccupation of students parents and administrators alike. What ever happened to the joy of learning?

  • (1 year ago)

    Great academic program. Students must like to compete and study hard. Teachers are helpful and responsive even though the lines are long. Many clubs to choose from. Best of all there is no tuition.

  • (1 year ago)

    Lowell is lauded because it's rated one of the top high schools in America. Unfortunately although it's rated so high the mantra there is "GPA GPA GPA." (At home we cal lit the GPA factory.) and SATs. The focus is more on the grades and numbers not the education. This has led to widespread cheating -- my son tells me. There are some excellent teachers but many surprisingly terrible ones (for such a supposedly great school) and because of the way students sign up for teachers one semester they may get a really bad batch of instructors. On the plus side it's a school filled with interesting students and your child can probably find her/his "people." There are so many clubs and organizations. Most students are focused on doing well and so at least so far our experience is that they stay out of trouble...well in general.

  • (1 year ago)

    Lowell is an excellent high school with great peers and school environment. If your child comes home and tells you that he loves Lowell he will be happy in college because 1) Lowell is the right school for your child and he has the skills to adapt to a vigorous academic environment and 2) your child appreciates what Lowell offers (even though Lowell could use some improvements). I have one child who graduated from Lowell and has a great freshmen experience in college and a younger one is still at Lowell. They both enjoyed Lowell even though they have totally different personalities and interests. Be realistic about Lowell. If you are a middle student and considering Lowell keep in mind that at least top 10% of your peers will be Ivy Cal and UCLA bound at least 10 of them may never get a B in high school. I strongly recommend taking a tour after your admission to Lowell. To see what Lowell is like outside the classrooms you definitely don't want to miss its Talent Show in May school musical and play during the year. Lowell has a great tennis team this year. No matter what your child's interests are there is something for him to enjoy at Lowell. Good luck and enjoy HS.

  • (1 year ago)

    Lowell is a very large school in terms of resources with many ap classes a good mix of bad and good teachers and lots of clubs. The counseling department is to say the least disappointing. In fact don't ever expect to be able to even see your counselor or ask them for advice (they're just to overloaded). This school lacks guidance but is a good environment for SELF-motivated kid. A lot of peer pressure to take weighted classes and generally the Arena system will pretty much guarantee you a year of good teachers (if you chose wisely) and a to a half a year of the worst ones. On a side note the building is very old and the bathrooms are terrible. Oh and don't expect racial diversity either.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is one of the few best public schools in San Francisco. Most students that go to this school get admitted and go straight into UC Berkeley. Most of the students graduate from high school. The school is a huge campus with many classrooms. The school is mainly made up of Chinese American and Asian American students. The school is close to San Francisco State University. Every spring the annual Chinese speech competition from toddlers to college-aged students take place. Of course everyone is put in the right categories of school age and age.

  • (2 years ago)

    great school. I would recommend to anyone who is considering attending and/or can get in...

  • (2 years ago)

    A year after graduating from this great although challenging high school I can honestly say that if nothing else Lowell prepares its students very well for a college workload. I've yet to hear of any of my graduating class severely struggle with the work at their colleges regardless of what institution they are attending. Studying through 3-5 AP classes a semester will gear most students for college education. True Lowell is not for everyone - the work can range from 2-5 hours a night depending on the student and the classes. The environment is competitive but there are perhaps more opportunities here than any other school in the city partially due to Lowell's size as well as the enthusiasm of the students. Would strongly recommend for all students with a more competitive nature and a drive to do well; the caveat is that with most public schools there is no "cushion" kids must learn to stand up on their own.

  • (3 years ago)

    I think Lowell is great there's a lot of opportunities there's a lot of people who complain about the homework but you just need to have good time management and not procrastinate.Lowell has a lot of school activities.Everybody is pretty nice except some teachers.Lowell was actually better than i expected.

  • (3 years ago)

    Yes it is true that Lowell has many faults including some very terrible teachers. However the positives definitely outweigh the negatives. For those who complain about homework load classes are individually chosen and AP courses are definitely not required. The only students with 4-7 hours of homework a night are taking more than 3 college level courses. Lowell offers so many opportunities for students to learn life skills meet new people and excel academically and socially. If you manage your time well it is easy to join new clubs and try out for sports teams while managing a part-time job and great SAT scores. Lowell is by far the best public school in the city academically and opportunity wise. Go Cardinals!

  • (3 years ago)

    Lowell is just a school filled with a bunch of smart alecs who think they're all that because they're in Lowell. It's most definitely not the best school in San Francisco The Bay Area or California.

  • (4 years ago)

    My eldest daughter is a sophomore at Lowell and is doing quite well. All though she is not at the top of all of her classes she still has a real sense of accomplishment and pride at succeeding with her often advanced curriculum. She also feels confident that she s being well prepared for college and really looks forward to going. Lastly although Lowell has a reputation of being hypercompetitive and antisocial the kids are just kids. After the first month it just seems well normal. Still Lowell is not for every student (due to the high demands) and some classes are just not that great as other posters have mentioned nothings perfect. If your San Francisco student is academically oriented and you get the Lowell invitation letter in the mail please follow up and don't be intimidated by rumor!

  • (4 years ago)

    Like every school Lowell has its share of professional principled enthusiastic teachers. But recently there's been a "disconnect" between teachers and students as seen in the poor morale of the students widespread cheating their grades and STAR scores. In particular I'm referring to my two daughters' Algebra and Biology classes. Look up Lowell's recent test scores by grade level and subject-It's on the Calif. Dept of Educ. website. The more parents I speak with the more I realize that they are sending their children for private expensive TUTORING to compensate for incompetent or unfair teachers. Keep that in mind when comparing STAR results! -L.Lee

  • (4 years ago)

    Lowell is the best high school in Northern California public or private. There is a lot of misinformation from the haters. It is hard but college is much easier and no shock. Also they send 100 kids a year to Cal 30 to Stanford 50 to the Ivy League and over 300 to the UC System out of 660. Also you'll get respect in college if you go to Lowell because it's public. If you go to a private school people will say you just got into Cal or whatever college because your parents are rich and you're priveleged. From Lowell they'll say you earned it and you will have. Lowell has higher SAT averages than any private or public school in SF. The teachers are probably just slightly better than average but all the students are good they've had 1 pregnancy in the past 30 years and 60% are girls.

  • (4 years ago)

    I didn't want my child to go to Lowell and was willing to pay for private school. Her grades were such she could go anywhere...with 700 kids in a class how will she stand out when applying to colleges? Plus I felt that many colleges would pass her by because she wouldn't add to their diversity ranks. She fought us on the decision and won out with Lowell. Well #1 reason for happiness is my daughter just thrived at LHS. #2 she got into the college of her choice an Ivy. Lowell is not just a feeder for UC's though many kids go. We conveniently live in the neighborhood and I am surprised about how respectful they are. Socially there is not a drinking culture like at some schools! Most teachers have been really great. English History Drama and French have been superb.

  • (4 years ago)

    it's a great school with caring teachers and a community with a variety of students.

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