School Details

Lowell Elementary School

625 South Seventh Street, San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 535-6243
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 379 students 16 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

39%
57%
56%
47%
63%
65%

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 Jose Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

29%
51%
46%
82%
69%
66%

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 Jose Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

59%
68%
65%
74%
75%
72%

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 Jose Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

59%
67%
60%
55%
64%
65%
41%
58%
57%

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 Jose Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Lowell Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Jose. The principal of Lowell Elementary School is Jody Lax. 379 students attend Lowell Elementary School and are mostly Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 67% of the Lowell Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 86% of the 379 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Lowell Elementary School is 16:1. Washington Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 83% 52%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 3%
Asian 10% 13%
Unspecified 1.0% 2%
Filipino 1% 2%
Multiracial 1% %
White, non-Hispanic 1% 27%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% 33271%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.8%
Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.6%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 86% 48%
Limited English proficiency 67% 27%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I sent my child to this school reluctantly. It is in a terrible neighborhood and is not our neighborhood school but is the only SJUSD elementary school with the special ed program my child needed. We found the school to be a very large daycare center. Teachers are uninspired the former principal could not connect with the largely Spanish-speaking parent population there are no enrichment activities except a mariachi band and the few parents who do try to make it a better learning environment are fighting an uphill battle. Typical SJUSD urban elementary school. Poor peer influences low parent involvement tired teachers non-responsive administration.

  • (3 years ago)

    I was very leery to send my son to this school. However I have found that it has an amazing teaching staff and outstanding principle. They have changed this school into a positive learning environment and created a community of school spirit that you don't find in other schools. The staff works VERY hard and because of the low socioeconomic status of the neighborhood the school is helped out by the community. The staff has worked so hard and the State has taken notice with Lowell winning The Title 1 Academic Achievement Award 2 years in a row and also the title of California Distinguished School for the past 2 years. They have raised their API score to 820! That is fantastic for a school where the majority of the families are non-english speaking or ESL. When you are at this school you feel like the district took only the best teachers and placed them here. They give their heart and soul to this school and these kids. But above all it is the principle here who has provided the leadership that wins her many accolades among Lowell families and teachers.

  • (3 years ago)

    I love this school!! It is amazing & it has won Title I Academic Achievement Award TWO years in a row! All I can say is that it has great teachers and a great principal and co-principal! I HIGHLY recommend it!

  • (5 years ago)

    Teachers are great! Very experienced. Principal is a real treasure! But! this year they combined 1st & 2nd graders and now there are more than 30 students in the class! Is that because 2nd graders are not smart or 1st graders are cyberchildren? And if you want to volunteer you will have to face bureaucracy like filling papers finger printing. I understand it is for a security of our children and there should be some limitations and checks but not fingerprinting! Poor teacher. With 30 and more students she would need some assistance most parents are too lasy to take care of their own child's education not to mention volunteering at school.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school has changed for the best in the past couple of years...The teachers are very helpful when it comes to us (parents) know if our child/ren are having any difficulty getting through class...I'm so glad to hear when I get home that my child is excited about what reading level she's in & makes the effort to get more words to help out the school in being THE BEST.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school has a remarkable family attitude. I have 35 years experience and this is one of the best places to work. The Principal is really a spark plug.

  • (5 years ago)

    I think there are great teachers also they really care for their students and take time to help the students out.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school has changed in the last two years. Off of PI (Performance Improvement) and my boys love their teachers.

  • (7 years ago)

    Its a great school recommended for anyone with bilingual backroud and wants to keep it that way

  • (10 years ago)

    Lowell is an outstanding school with amazing teachers! Lowell is known as a 'community' school with a family-type of feel. The students are motivated and driven. The principal has implemented many new incentives and positive ideas this year. Lowell has increased it's state test scores for three consecutive years! This school is a gem!

  • (11 years ago)

    This school is wonderful school its not bad compare to the rest. It has great and nice teacher you learn a lot of things in lowell. The principal his always challenging us and at the end if we meet his expectation he'll do silly things. everything at lowell is great it might be a little bet smaller than other school I like it there a lot

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