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1101 Eucalyptus Drive
San Francisco, CA 94132

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May 07, 2014
Lowell is a challenging, inspiring, fun school for my 17 YO son. He works hard, most teachers are dedicated and skilled, athletics are fantastic, and fellow students smart and kind. Awesome.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2014
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!

- submitted by a student
December 04, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2013
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.

- submitted by a student
August 23, 2013
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?

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2013
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.

- submitted by a community member
September 21, 2012
great school. I would recommend to anyone who is considering attending and/or can get in...

- submitted by a community member
June 13, 2012
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.

- submitted by a student
November 11, 2011
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.

- submitted by a student
March 24, 2011
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!

- submitted by a student
January 07, 2011
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.

- submitted by a student
September 02, 2010
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!

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2010
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

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2010
it's a great school, with caring teachers and a community with a variety of students.

- submitted by a student
March 15, 2010
i think this is a very nice school with many oppertunities for the students there,and a great future.

- submitted by a community member
no rating March 14, 2010
As a current junior, I just want to address a few errors that a few of the reviews have. 1) Freshman year is probably the least stressful year at Lowell for most students because most of the freshman classes are not at the honors/AP level yet. When considering Lowell as a school for your child, do think about the first year, when your child will adjust to the new environment, but absolutely consider the challenging years following the first year. If you know that your child will want to compete with the most diligent kids in his/her class by taking loads of honors/AP courses later on, then of course, the years ahead after freshman year will become much more stressful. It is all about time management. 2) AP Human Geography is not a class that is offered at Lowell, but students are more than welcomed to take the exam in May.

- submitted by a student
no rating March 13, 2010
Lowell is a pretty okay school. It isn't fantastic like everyone says it is.The classes I don't enjoy much but the people are amazing!

- submitted by a student
March 13, 2010
Nowhere else in the Bay Area can you go to a school that offers so much. I am a frreshman, and they're offering AP Human Geography to us. Sure, the expectations are high, but, honestly, parents lie about the amount of homework we get at Lowell. It is not 4-6 hours a day, it's definitely more like 2-3 hours, and if you're efficient, 1. I, for one, am juggling extra curriculars, a job, and homework and am still getting 7 hours of sleep a night. Send your child here if they actually want to part in their education and get the most out of high school.

- submitted by a student
March 11, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2009
Sure, Lowell is a great school with an amazing academic record and stands as the supreme in sports, but it is not total utopia as others think. Every night, the average student gets 3-7 hours of sleep, with 4-6 hours of homework a night. You must make sure that you or your child really wants this lifestyle...it can be extremely stressful..not mentioning the major drops of GPA possible compared to middle school GPA.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 05, 2009
Great teachers, great parent community, great students! My daughter is really enjoying her freshman year!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
The students have great energy, motivation and enthusiam for learning. Some of the teachers need to relax on the homework/test. High school is such a memorable part of your life and should not be as stressul as some teachers make it. Some teachers are motivating and good teachers and some really need to move on from the teaching profession.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
Best academic high school in California. Top academics and atheletics too!

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
Students are offered opportunity to focus on three different levels of challenge in many subject matters of their choosing. My boys have risen to the academic rigor and love the athletics - beginning with the great physical education program at Lowell. They feel safe at school and in good company with their peers.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
Lowell is a remarkable school because of its wonderful student body. This public school shows what can happen when kids are prepared and ready to learn.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
The school runs like a college, and the kids rise to the challenge!

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
Lowell prepared me for the college world with it's rigorous course load, and knowledgeable teachers. Plus, the teachers made me feel like they wanted me to understand the material, not just learn it. It was fun!

- submitted by a student
November 03, 2009
I trust that my child will get a good education in a safe and supportive environment at Lowell. It has been awesome so far!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
Great teachers and administrators and motivated students and parents make a fabulous school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
The one thing I will miss about Lowell is the respectfulness of the students and teachers. Both the teachers and students try so hard to succeed in what they are expected to succeed in, which makes me feel even worse because our physical learning environment seems to never be able to keep up with the quality of the people who work and study there.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 20, 2009
Competitive and intellectually stimulating. Its the students that provide the academic competitive nature and the teachers that nurture it. They offer the most AP and honors subjects. I excelled my 4 years there and hope to send my kids there one day.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2009
I love Lowell High School because the teachers are amazing, and I have great friends. Let's not forget how awesome and challenging the academics at Lowell are. And we have the best principal ever.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 11, 2009
We're smart, we're athletic, we're the best school ever, and we're modest, too.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2009
Lowell is a college prepatory school, striving for academic excellence.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 05, 2009
I went to Lowell and received a fabulous education, completely preparing me for College...go Lowell!

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
I could rave about the academic scores Lowell gets or how it is scored the 39th best high school in the nation, but that part is a given. But did you know that Lowell has more school spirit than any other school in the City? How about, Lowell has won more sports championships than any other school in the City. Lowell is topped off with a superb arts program, fabulous schedule (modular= college-like independence), and I think I forgot to mention...the best dances in the City. To many students here, Lowell is home for 4 incredible years.

- submitted by a student
October 01, 2009
Excellent academics, very strong PTA, highly competetive, excellent teaching staff, approachable principal

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
Lowell provides a great educational system that will greatly prepare us for college.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 28, 2009
It's an amazing school. love the mod schedule and self scheduling. All the students are really nice and friendly, not like any other school. Nourishes need to succeed but also a very relaxed environment

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2009
Its a wonderful school! We get so much freedon, just like college! =] Lowell definitely prepares you for college and more!

- submitted by a student
no rating September 26, 2009
I love Lowell High School because I've been given so many opportunities to learn, not just academically. I've learned how to work with a ton of different kinds of people and about so many unique cultures that at other schools I wouldn't have gotten to know. Even though Lowell is huge and teachers can't devote too much time to a single student, I feel like because so many of the students are willing to help you as well, you learn just as much. Sometimes even more than what you expect.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 24, 2009
The fact that we don't judge each other for studying or caring about our grades. How we don't put down other schools in our city. We are great academically, artistically, and physically. No other school puts as much hard work but because of this financial crisis our school has to cut teachers who deserve their job because of how great they are at their job.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 24, 2009
It's high quality education minus all the high school cliches. Everyone's just there to learn. The students are so united by school spirit and class pride. Lowell offers a variety of school services and it'd be nice if they could benefit more students in the future.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 24, 2009
Lowell has a friendly and pleasant atmosphere. There's more freedom at this school than most other schools.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
My school as a great sense of community and always pulls through hardship together. I remenber when our principal lost some family members, and the whole schol came together, and wrote cards to show our support for him and his family. Lowell is a place that challenges every studyent academically, but more importantly it is a place where students can mature into well-rounder adults.

- submitted by a student
September 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2009
One of the best schools EVER. They actually help you and take the time to actually teach!

- submitted by a student
September 23, 2009
It's so great, well organized, the teachers are amazing. I couldn't imagine myself anywhere else.

- submitted by a student
September 23, 2009
At Lowell every one is focused and self-motivated. Every one wants to succeed. These qualities paired with our wonderful teachers who teach us in new innovative ways created a wonderful learning enviroment. Lowell allows you to be comfortable with your self and your opinions. I've made my best friends for life at Lowell.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 23, 2009
Lowell is a great school. Great school spirit and students are wonderful. But, we need money to make our school look good!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2009
Because how great we are academically and physically. Also how much spirit we have towards this school.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 23, 2009
Lowell is a place of learning and challenge. The classes are highly educational and fun. Schedules here are pretty awesome because students can choose teachers and build their own daily routines. People at Lowell are generally incredibly friendly and helpful. yeah...there's so much more but the bottom line is...we're just awesome

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2009
Awesome place for students from all backgrounds to focus on school work while still having the opportunity to have a ton of fun. over 90 clubs, 7 foreign languages, third most AP tests taken IN THE WORLD!

- submitted by a community member
September 22, 2009
Best academics in the city. Best students in the city. Best extracurricular activities in the city. Best school in the city.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 22, 2009
The atmosphere and identity as Lowell students. Everyone at Lowell is proud to be one of the 'elite'. We rise above all the opposition and always come out on top.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2009
It's the best school ever. From academics to athletics.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 22, 2009
It has so many different courses to choose from so you really experience high school as a natural transition into college.

- submitted by a student
September 22, 2009
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- submitted by a student
September 22, 2009
It surrounds me with positive people that can help me get to a goal.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 21, 2009
The school has a unique college-like system and atmosphere. No other school could compare. It is big and is full of free time.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
I found who I am at this school. It has provided me with a great education, inspired my passion for the arts, and helped develop me as a person.

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2009
It's an extremely ambitious and prestigious school that still makes me comfortable in my environment, while still motivating me all the time. I have an extremely deep love-hate relationship that will run in my blood for the rest of my life.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
Lowell is the place to be for a challenging education, great teachers who actually care about your success, down-to-earth peers that will be your best friends for life, and a place to really prepare you for college. Lowell is in desperate need for funding due to the education cuts in the city. San Francisco Unified School District believes that schools with lower standardized test results are more deserving of funding to boost up poor test scores. This is terrible news for Lowell's outstanding results and as because of this mentality, our school is falling apart. Text books are 30 years old, the heating system is broken, we have 'temporary' bungalows that have been there for more than 10 years, the library only opens until 4pm, and the list goes on and on. Please consider Lowell!! thanks!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Lowell is the best high school overall, in terms of academics, athletics, and social life.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
I attended Lowell from 2005-2009 and my years there were absolutely memorable and amazing. The structure of the academic program sets students up for success in college and is rated to be one of the best in the nation. There are just as many things to do outside the classroom and after school as well, with a club or sport for almost every interest out there. Though sometimes, the workload and lifestyle is frustrating and stressful, it all pays off in the end.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
Everyone supports one another ! Teachers encourage you to aim high and do your best. A great school with lots of spirit, support, and .. homework! But not so much, that you'll faint. They give you a perfect amount that'll help you learn something everyday. Lowell's a great place to be if you want to learn and have fun!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
It is among the few public high schools in California to receive a distinguished GreatSchools Rating of 10 out of 10.Plus it is the best high school in the world!

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2009
I like Lowell High because of the many opportunities it gives to its students, like the chance to pick your our teachers and class schedule. It also have a very challenging environment where students are active learners and leaders.

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2009
The school has a number of AP courses that not only challenge the students, but also create great relationships with their teachers. Lowell needs this money more than any other school because more than often, the students have older textbooks that have outdated material or worn out pages. This school deserves this reward for the hard work that these students go through in all of the AP and honors courses that they take.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
It is a fun school with many choices for students. The people at the school are very much like a family. There's so much enthusiasm and spirit under one roof that only Lowell can contain.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
The mod schedule, my AP class teachers, the school spirit, our mascot, and we're different from the rest! :)

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
the competitive atmosphere and its nice location near lake merced and food

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Lowell High School fosters independence and self-reliance in its students. With one of the top AP exam passing rates, Lowell students understand the means and rewards of success. In addition, Lowell students possess friendly qualities and levels of tolerance for diversity unparalleled in San Francisco. Lowell is a true treasure in the education system.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
I love your pick of teachers, classes, lunch times, the list goes on and on. So much freedom at Lowell, it's great. The people are especially amazing! Only thing missing is update technology & class textbooks.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
Lowell high provides one of the BEST learning environments for students. Its friendly staff and students are what makes it the school it is.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Best academic preparation mixed with the widest range of extracurricular activities. A work hard, play hard community.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
Lowell was a challenging school with many activities that allowed its students to grow academically as well as personally. The teachers that I had were really great and I met a lot of wonderful people throughout the years. As an alumnus, I definitely will say that I miss the days I spent at Lowell.

- submitted by a community member
September 19, 2009
The teachers are great and very helpful. The students are all so chill and though there is compeition between everyone, everyone is so friendly. Out of all the other high schools in SF, we have the most freedom. Free mods? The best! Free mods allow us to study for a test/quiz thats coming up next mod or to do homework. And the best part, socializing. Lowell is the best school ever and I do not regret going there.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 19, 2009
I love Lowell because it's a great place full of compassionate people, where learning and striving for excellence is not only encouraged, but achieved. It's the best place to grow, and find out who you are.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
it's amazing and u can choose your own classes! Good in academics and sports, what more can you ask for?

- submitted by a student
September 19, 2009
It's a very friendly and we get a lot of opportunities in the school! AWESOME people too!

- submitted by a student
no rating September 19, 2009
It's a very challenging school and the people there have great personalities and moral structure kinda like a lil family.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 19, 2009
Great Learning Environment. Caring Teachers. Amazing People. I Love Lowell

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Sophistication mixed with energy. Teachers and students know how to enjoy and succeed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
The school has a really great atmosphere, everyones friendly! It's safe and fun, always filled with special events and dances. People here know when to be serious and when not to be, so its easy to make friends. Lowell is one of the best high schools you can find in SF, I swear!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Lowell has the best academic ever. The students excel in many ways. Not only are we smart, but we are great at sports, and other extra-curricular activities. We have many great programs like JROTC and the drama department

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
It is a SMART school, we are responsible and fun and get to pick our own schedules and act like adults.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 19, 2009
no pain, no game. Lowell is a great place to learn about yourself. People devleop as students and transform themselves into members of society. There is always the pressure to keep on schedule, but everything that happens here is an accomplishment that makes us proud.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Lowell has an awesome community, we all treat each other with respect

- submitted by a student
no rating September 19, 2009
Our school community is like one big family, we all care. We also have great spirit and great academics.

- submitted by a student
September 19, 2009
It's the best. It's the first public school I've been to that has been so caring to me. The teachers there support me. The students there are sociable and studious.

- submitted by a student
September 19, 2009
Lowell is just an awesome place to go to school where you will bond not only with your classmates, but also with the great faculty/staff. We love you Lowell! =D

- submitted by a student
no rating September 19, 2009
The teachers at Lowell are great. Students are friendly and intelligent and the school dominates in sports! It's an Amazing school

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
best academics, more extracurriculars and activities than any other SFUSD school, more AP classes, most awesome students!

- submitted by a student
no rating September 19, 2009
We can get away with anything, teacher's are amazing, and the work really prepares us for life.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 17, 2009
Lowell is very diverse and is challenging.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
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September 05, 2009
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- submitted by a student
September 02, 2009
My son is now in his 2nd year at Lowell. What is special about the school is that it allows students to succeed because the campus is safe and the priority is academics. That means its more than ok to be smart. My son constantly remarks how nice the kids are, which allows him to be himself. I agree it's the students that make the school, because I have already experienced some very 2nd rate teachers. The parental support is also terrific, which is why the programs survive. It's not a school for everyone, but it's a school my son is flourishing in.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2009
Lowell High School is an outstanding school and is recommanded for the gifted and talented.

- submitted by a student
June 22, 2009
This school will prepare your child academically for college. A lot of your child's happiness though depends on how well he/she works under stress. The students are not very cooperative with each other due to the competitive nature of the environment. There is quite a bit of intellectual snobbery and class distinctions, but I expect all schools are cliquey. At least, at Lowell, there are so many groups that your child will fit in somewhere. One thing I didn't like was the competitive students, it doesn't bode well for adult relationships later on in life.

- submitted by a community member
June 14, 2009
my son just completed his freshman year with about 45 to an 1 1/2 for all classes a night. He also is an athlete and practices about 15 hours a week not including his competitions. His last report card he had all A's and one B+ After talking to the councilors, teachers and principles - this is what I really think of Lowell. The kids are self motivators, the children who do well at this school look at education as a privilege and their most important job. This job is to learn as much as you can and really try your best. These students do well, and should be at a school like Lowell. If you child is smart, but needs more direction and more hand holding... this is NOT a school for them. They will fall behind or fall between the cracks.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2009
My son attended lowell in his first year and although a smart child, the pressure, hours of homework, and intensity took its toll on him as a happy, balanced kid .As parents we asked ourselves what was most important.. Driving him at all costs to get into a top 10 for our own bragging rights? or allowing him fully develop into a well-rounded learner and individual, who could pick the less followed path. If you teach your kids to ignore their instincts in favor of blind achievement, they'll never be happy.Traditional education, however esteemed, is as broken as our economy. We transefered him to Oceana HS, and he's happy and going to NYU next fall.

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June 08, 2009
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May 22, 2009
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April 11, 2009
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March 31, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
March 22, 2009
the principle is out of this world. the academics are excellent. it's very competitive though and the kids work very hard

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2009
Lowell is an overrated school. Many of the teachers are poor, although there are a few exceptional teachers. I am currently attending Lowell, and there is only one reason why people say it is a good school: The students are smart. Plus, only smart students can get into Lowell. Now, if you have a school comprised of only smart students, and they all get good grades and go on to a good college, the school will look good. In reality though, the campus is a wreck, the cafeteria food is disgusting, and we really need more good teachers. If I must say one more good thing about this school, it is really safe. You'll never get into a fight. It's hard to get good grades... not that Lowell is hard, but the teachers give out few A's.

- submitted by a student
November 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2008
I graduated from Lowell High and currently at one of the top ten colleges in the nation. My grades at Lowell were not spectacular, but I think what makes Lowell spark is that it gives students a brain - one that can critically analyze, weigh and think about different issues and policies. Lowell students are very politically active and the teachers and administrators place much faith and trust in their students. Lowell is the one place where a students and teachers build bonds and friendships because there is somewhat of an equal presence. I understand that Lowell does not get every student to Cal/UCLA/Ivies but it prepares students like no other public high school can.

- submitted by a student
November 04, 2008
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October 28, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2008
If you're a genius, you can do well at any school. If you're above average, you'll get a much higher GPA going somewhere else. In the end, there is no reason to go here; colleges don't care where you went as much as they care about your GPA. If you're a parent, do the right thing and send your child somewhere else.

- submitted by a student
September 30, 2008
Lowell is over rated! I graduated from there in 1984 and it's nothing special. My son went to Lowell his Freshmen year. He didn't find the curriculum terribly hard. He did not enjoy the atmosphere. It's a sea of Asians, no diversity what so ever. Don't get me wrong, we're Asian too. I put my son in a local Private school were he was much happier and going to school with different races, religions and backgrounds. Lowell is a good school, but it won't guarantee you a place in a good college or guarantee that you'll be successful. Many people who've graduated from Balboa, Lincoln, or any of the public schools in SF have gone on to top ranking colleges as well. I've lived in SF all my life and have never met a successful person (mediocre at best) whose graduated from Lowell.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2008
Class of 2008, plain and simple, THE best high school. During my 4 years there were 3 different principals and Mr.Ishibashi, the current principal is a great man and administrator. Students drive themselves, but the teachers pave the road. There are many great teachers, and some who will make you wish you went to SI or some other school. Best sports in the city, the baseball team is a dynasty. Love you Lowell, thanks for everything.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 09, 2008
If your child is very smart and interested in academics, then Lowell is a great school. If they are just above average, then they will have to work very hard. Any parent who simply wants their child to go to Lowell because of its reputation should think twice. It can be tragic if a student is basically out of their league. In general, a good student is going to do well at any decent school. However, Lowell does offer a lot of AP courses. In the end, what makes the school great is the students. If your child is academically inclined and talented, they will meet people like themselves. My child did fine there and is starting a PhD program at a top University. He did not have to work that hard at Lowell except when he took a heavy AP course load and even then he still had a life.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 29, 2008
I am currently a student here at Lowell High. I feel as though I am lost in a sea of Asian people and its lack of diversity. The homework is relatively easy but with a tad of difficulty. At times, it does present a challenge, but overall, this school is way too competitive for most people. Everyone acts as if they're better than other schools just because of academics and sports. There is something deeper than just concrete talents. What about the person and the personality that comes with it that you want to share? Cut the cockiness, and be humble.

- submitted by a student
July 25, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
no rating July 07, 2008
As a former student of Lowell, I agree that this school has taught me to be more independent then most schools. After roughly having 9 hours of homework a night and getting about 2 hours of sleep a day I feel I am on top of the world to this day. As a undergrad at Harvard and pursueing to be a Medical Doctor, I have felt that I can master everything the world has to offer. I feel that now I have become a robot having only 2 hours of sleep and being able to complete all my homework and still getting straight A's on my report card. I feel as this school has taught me how to achieve things with a drive. All hail LOWELL!!!!!!!

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July 02, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
June 26, 2008
The education here is not 'excellent', but due to Lowell's already established reputation, the school continues to do well - not because of the teachers (there are few good teachers), but because the students that come here drive themselves. To put it bluntly: the smart kids came here because they heard about the reputation, and that's what drives the school forward. Not the administration.

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May 18, 2008
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May 10, 2008
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May 02, 2008
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April 29, 2008
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April 29, 2008
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January 30, 2008
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January 25, 2008
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January 19, 2008
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January 07, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
December 18, 2007
I just started as a freshman, and I love this school. There's so much going on and so many things to do. The new principal is the coolest one I've ever had and he really relates to all of the student well. The teachers are mostly the easy going types and give you a reasonable amount of homework each night. There are about 90 clubs to join and the majority of students find at least one club to stick with by freshman year. The other students are all unique and you can expect to find a diverse population. The student here pick their own classes and teachers to make the best of their day and there are free period and mods when you can finish up homework, study, or goof off.

- submitted by a student
November 25, 2007
I graduated Lowell High in 2006 and it is an amazing school. It thoroughly prepares you for college and truly helped me discover other areas of interest that I never even thought about. When I was at my freshmen orientaion in college, I couldn't help but be thankful that I went to Lowell because most of the people there were panicking about picking classes and teachers and time and I had done it since 9th grade! Academically, Lowell has set me up higher than most of the people my year and right now I am more than a semester ahead of people in my year and planning on going to medical school! The teachers at Lowell are all different some are harder, some are a bit more lenient but they are all there to challenge you and help you out. They're great!!

- submitted by a student
September 15, 2007
I am a freshman student that just atteded Lowell high. Lowell is not as hard as many people say so, the teachers actually grade to your benefit and they want you to succed. I may be only a freshman, but I love Lowell for its academic reputation and its athletic reputation. Right at this moment i can't think of a con, but i'm sure there are some out there. Lowell is not perfect, no school is.

- submitted by a student
August 23, 2007
Lowell has a new Principal this year (2007-2008) so I don't really know what he'll be like. The teachers are hit and miss, but I feel there is something to be learned from all of them. Life doesn't always present you with a great teacher after all. I think the parents are involved enough. Too much can be a bad thing. The students are really what makes this a great school. They are the ones that make the Extracurricular activities, safety, discipline and overall quality as great as it is. There is a lot of talk about this school being too macho academic, but I have found that it is just a challenging school with smart kids. Most know not to knock themselves for getting an average grade and don't lose sleep over it. It's a great preparatory for the the college bound.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 16, 2007
I graduated from Lowell in 2004 and will enter my senior year in September. I can honestly say Lowell has fully prepared me for the college environment. Given today's public school budgets the accomplishments of Lowell's teachers, administrators, coaches and parents is simply amazing. The diversity, challenges, and size build students and people with the tools for any univeristy.

- submitted by a student
August 15, 2007
I must strenuously disagree with the recent review from 'a parent of 4 children' who gave Lowell one star. Although Lowell is not perfect, you won't find a better high school for academically motivated kids in San Francisco at any price. My son graduated in June 2007, and both he and I were very happy with the overall quality of his education. He earned a UC Regent's Scholarship (4-year full-tuition merit-based scholarship), and I thank Lowell for that success. The range of courses at Lowell is much broader than at any other SF high school, private or public. The school abounds with many nonacademic offerings as well: clubs, athletics, and arts. Downsides: The physical plant is dismal, and I don't think the new principal is nearly as good as the former principal, Paul Cheng. This latter factor might have a significant impact in the future.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2007
As a mother of four children in the San Francisco School District, I strongly believe Lowell is not what it is lived up to be. Walking through the hallways of lowell is just like walking through the hallways of any other public high school in the city ; filled with motivated and unmotivated youth, serious students, and complainin, tired teachers. Think twice about sending your kids to Lowell. It does not live up to its reputation.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 14, 2007
This school is pretty good. I like it because it's big and they'res lots of different kinds of kids there. The school work isnt as hard as people say though, which was a relief. Just takes getting used to

- submitted by a student
July 28, 2007
My son Loves this school.

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July 01, 2007
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June 29, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2007
My son is a senior who is about to graduate in another week and a half. He transferred from a nondescript private school in 10th grade and it's been a wonderful experience for him since. Sure the courses are challenging but that's because Lowell is college-level. One thing that I am grateful for is that although it's a public school my son's teachers have always been easy to talk with and caring. All in all I would say that the quality of Lowell's teachers are excellent and the academics from what I understand seem to be superior than the more popular private schools. So students receive topnotch edcation rivaling private school at no cost except for other than their parents' paying property taxes to support the public school system. I highly recommend Lowell.

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May 07, 2007
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- submitted by a student
April 14, 2007
Great school. Lowell is ranked 26th best high school in the nation in 2006 Newsweek rankings. Prepares for college and the great student body is friendly, diverse, and extremely tolerant. Definitely one of the best schools in California, if not the nation. BTW, I'm a senior, class of 2007.

- submitted by a student
March 07, 2007
Lowell High School's reputation wouldn't have been possible without the students' high competition level and Lowell is a school where even though there's a lot of stress and exams, it is also a school that allows freedom in a lot of things. Instead of having 80 minute classes, Lowell cuts back to 40 minutes and allows the students in between to collaborate with their peers and do homework. Lowell is also a school that the students have freedom to pick their teachers during Arena aka self-scheduling. It's a wonderful school and people who come out of the school are likely to think college is pretty easy.

- submitted by a student
January 18, 2007
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- submitted by a student
August 09, 2006
Lowell is a magnificent school so far as its students, teachers are an entirely different factor. As a new year begins, I hope that students don't have to be burdened with negative encounters with these few extremely unprofessional teachers.

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August 01, 2006
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- submitted by a student
June 08, 2006
Lowell has been a tremendous school for many years, both because the students are top quality and the parents are involved. It has a great variety of academic and music programs and a very safe environment. Highly recommended.

- submitted by a former student
June 05, 2006
my daughter attended this lowell high school and graduated three years ago. she says that the work she did while at lowell was a lot harder than the work she's currently doing at her college now. i would highly recommend lowell for those who are academically and mentally prepared for the challenge. it is a difficult school, and there were many nights during my daughter's junior and senior years of high school in which she stayed up well past midnight in order to finish her work. all that work paid off, though, and she's now doing fine at her college. there are many students at lowell who are not able to handle the challenge, but for those who are, it really is an amazing educational opportunity, and better than most expensive private schools.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2006
This is a school full of talented, motivated and friendly kids. My daughter is graduating this year and I feel she is well-prepared to move on to college. Lowell has an incredible variety of sports, performing arts and other activities. After the first year,however, my daughter preferred to participate in a lot of community activities rather than on-campus clubs. Parent involvement is encouraged and gave me an opportunity to get acquainted with many of the teachers and students.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2006
The school hs been around for over 150 years, and has retained a high level of performance for its academia. College prep and numerous AP classes are availble for the competitive student. Extracarricular activities abound, including the arts,sports (which also are very competitive), and JROTC, which is also highly competitive. A majority of the students are highly independent and function without many parents involved.

- submitted by a former student
May 22, 2006
This is a highly competitive school. Great for kids who thrive on pressure, but it hurts you in college admissions because average GPAs are low.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2006
great school in san francisco. heavy pressure for students.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2006
Our son graduates from Lowell next month. I was concerned when he decided to attend Lowell vs. private school. He was admitted into a program for the top 30 students at a private, smaller high school. Annually, I'd ask if he regrets attending Lowell. He always tells me 'no'. His GPA isn't as high as it could've been if he attended private school as he has friends who didn't make the initial admission to Lowell and have better GPAs from private schools with acceptances to CAL and UCLA, top tier campuses. In 6/05, approx. 49 Lowellites went to CAL, 24 to UCLA, 24 to UCSD and 77 to UCD, in a class >650. His UCD freshman friends/Lowell alums on a return visit this yr. stated Lowell prepared them for college, 'it's easy'. There are trade-offs, as you can be a 'little fish in a big pond' at Lowell.

- submitted by a former student
May 03, 2006
Lowell is a very competitive school with highly driven students.

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May 02, 2006
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April 04, 2006
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March 22, 2006
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- submitted by a student
March 21, 2006
Rigorous curriculum. Very competitive, well-rounded student body.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2006
I went to Lowell High school and it was great academically; however, it lacks diversity in terms for students from various socioeconomic backgrounds and services regarding financial aid and how to support yourself thru college was not available.

- submitted by a former student
March 19, 2006
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March 18, 2006
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March 18, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
no rating March 14, 2006
This is a great school for my child. I find it stressfull at times for him but it helps him.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2006
The academic programs were great, music and sports were well developed and didn't interfere with academics, and the learning environment was great. It was a little high stress, but prepared students really well for college.

- submitted by a former student
March 12, 2006
Great school with lots of ap programs. A lot of extracurricular activities to boost chance to get into good college.

- submitted by a former student
January 23, 2006
The people at Lowell value intelligence, hard work, and determintion, not good looks and money like they do everywhere else. The teachers, of course, are wonderful, but I think the best part about a Lowell education is the connection you form with your fellow classmates, one based on similar interests- getting into the top colleges and discovering the meaning of life are popular ones - as well as the fact that you and they are constantly on brink of emotional breakdown, because classes are really, really tough, and also because Lowellites are smart - and smart people are rarely happy.

- submitted by a former student
January 20, 2006
Lowell is exactly what others say, ' The kids lose their social lives after they go into Lowell. ' This may not seem like a big deal, but it is. And learning to prioritize and manage time wisely is the key to surviving Lowell high.

- submitted by a student
January 19, 2006
My child has been complaining about the amount of stress and pressure the teachers put on the children, and it shows. My son is not getting sufficient sleep because of his work load!

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
I disagree with those who say Lowell is uniformly populated with great teachers...some are very good, some are good, and some are average--a few are bad, and shouldn't be teaching. However, my child at Lowell might have a different view about how his many teachers rate. The kids make Lowell what it is--a very competitive place to study and learn, and who seem to be in competition with each other. Some of these kids are the smartest in the state, as evidenced by the test results posted by the state.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
In general the quality of academic programs is very good. I will say that the language department is lacking, not in number of languages taught but in the instruction itself. Availability of music, sports and other programs is very good. Level of parent involvement is good. Overall, I am happy with the school but it is not the school for students who are not very self-motivated.

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January 06, 2006
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January 05, 2006
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January 04, 2006
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November 03, 2005
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November 03, 2005
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October 03, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2005
Greatest School in San Francisco, if not entire California. Students are trained to be responsible & accountablefor their own actions. They respond so. High academic expectations. Competitive school.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2005
This is a great public high school with extremely high academics. The quality of the education here can't be beat. Unfortunately, there is a tremendous number of high achievers enrolled and this makes competition very tough.

- submitted by a former student
August 29, 2005
Gets lots of funding from previous students. Academically challenging. Lots of after school clubs.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2005
Lowell's main reputation stems from the fact that it is one of the oldest schools in the city. Lowell gets a great amount of funding from the huge alumni association and the state. This school achieves academically

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2005
Best public school available in San Francisco. Alumni and parent involvement was amazing. The academic programs were rigorous but necessary to succeed in college. All the students were so academically inclined that I made myself do better because of them. Offered a variety of extracurricular activities but I heard they were in danger because of budget cuts. The new wing looks spectacular. The availablility and selection of AP classes were amazing. My friends are still amazed at all the classes that were offered.

- submitted by a student
August 23, 2005
Academics wise, this school is challenging and will prepare you well. Lowell has a fine number of dedicated teachers who push their students. Although one will be very well prepared for college after a Lowell education, I must warn of the academic stress and rampant competition that exists in an environment like Lowell's. Another thing is that every high school will have the 4.0 kids and the bottom 10% kids. It's sad that above average kids who'd normally succeed at any other school will be only mediocre at Lowell because of competition. I've encountered many smart kids settling for safety colleges and state schools because they couldn't keep up with the competition and secure those grades to get into prestigious colleges. As far as extracurriculars, Lowell has more than any other public high school. Due to the relatively affluent (compared to other public schools), there's good parental involvement and financial support.

- submitted by a former student
August 21, 2005
Lowell is a wonderful school for totally independent kids. In order to be successful in lowell, the students not only have to be smart, but also extremely organize, self-motivated, and again, independent. Whatever have you hear about lowell, my daugther and her friends do not seem to have problems seeking for supports or resouces in school. Last fall, my daugther went to lowell in tears because I do not want to pay for private school. As of now, I cannot pay her enough to leave lowell.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
Lowell is a great school for families who take education seriously and want their child to be around other students who feel the same way. Not the pressure cooker it's billed as if you and your child have reasonable expectations. There are some superb teachers at Lowell and some dismal ones. The kids know which are which and Lowell's self-scheduling procedure allows them a shot at the good ones. The arts are important at Lowell --bands, orchestras, jazz band, great drama productions, architecture, sculpture and a new world-class pottery studio. The kids have many dozens of clubs and can form one easily if their area of interest is not covered. Lowell's sports teams have been successful the past few years and hundreds of kids participate. Parent involvement is through the PTSA and School Site Council and is critical to the schools ability to maintain its rich curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
Lowell High School is the most academically rigorous high school in San Francisco. It is intensely competitive, and the workload is considerable. The teachers are highly qualified, though some of the older ones are very inflexable and unhospitable.

- submitted by a teacher
August 16, 2005
There are ample opportunities for parents to get involved with the school -- the primary point of contact being the PTSA. Lowell has consistently fed huge numbers of students into the UC system and boasts one of the larger AP programs in the nation. Though funding has been hard on all schools, Lowell's alumni community consistently tries to keep the school afloat and save many precious electives, especially in the languages and arts programs.

- submitted by a former student
August 15, 2005
This is one of the greatest schools in the country I kid you not! If you can get past the dreary physical plant and direct your attention to the academic program, well, nine languages, one of the largest college level course program in the U.S. The biggest complaint is that it's too competitive! Talented entertaining knowledgable teachers coupled with enthusiatic well rounded students. A successful combination. The kids excel in academics,sports,performing arts, fine art. Parents and Alumni suppliment the districts program cuts by raising $500k each year to keep teachers and counselors up, class size down.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2005
I went to this school and it is amazing. The ptsa is highly active, and the Vicki center is a great way for the students to learn about college. The students are hard working, and involved in school activities. There is lots of school spirit. This school is top notch.

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August 06, 2005
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- submitted by a student
August 06, 2005
It's a great school for your child to explore different opportunities while working in a college level enironment, but due to budget cuts your childs's options are more limited than before.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2005
Attending lowell high school, it is not at the caliber as everyone hopes. I definitely learned a lot from the school, but its a lot of on your own basis which I suppose is good for a college preparation. The principal Mr. Paul Cheng is wonderful and there are many distinctive teachers. The AP program is great and so are some classes, but its easy to get lost and just end up at a City College if you do not get involved right.

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July 21, 2005
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July 21, 2005
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- submitted by a student
July 12, 2005
I am the parent of a sophomore, and must admit that at this time last summer, was really nervous about the prospect of my daughter in this environment that I had only heard described as competitive, academic and a hot-house for brains. Didn't sound like much fun. Well, it was a really good year. My child met regular kids from around the city, from lots of socio-economic backgrounds, had good teachers, worked hard, but not overly-so, and felt really good about the experience. She participated in sports all year long, which help her meet friends, and was able to do her homework and get to bed at a reasonable hour (10:30). I am saying this as a reality check for parents who only hear the negative stuff about Lowell... mainly from those who never attended. Great school! Thanks

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2005
Although it may not prepare you for real life issues such as dealing with taxes, checks, loans, or cooking, Lowell provides an environment that fosters learning academic work.

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May 13, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2005
Lowell is for those who are highly self-motivated. A smaller class room setting is a better choice for students who need a little push to do well in high school. Keep in mind that colleges weigh heavily the grades received in high school. Most Lowell graduates get accepted into State Colleges and not the private or UC's because it is much more difficult to get A's and B's at Lowell. Admission to State college only requires a C average.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2005
Lowell High School is wonderful.

- submitted by a former student
May 01, 2005
A graduate myself, this school, like all things in life, has its ups and downs. However, I cannot imagine myself being else where. And in principle, no truer altruism stands than: education depends on the student NOT the educator. This remains to be true even at this strong academic school. But as for your concern, this school has good but hard teachers, and you will learn what you need to learn. For many, it was a difficult 4 years but one that will educate you to a sufficient standard. It offers an environment distinct and eccentric with respect to all other schools. With this, it opens a chance to understand more than what is in the curriculum; a chance to understand the the world if one seeks it. Lowell is a school.

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May 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2005
This school has some of the best teachers and great overall staff, the environment is great for any kid trying to learn.

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April 24, 2005
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April 03, 2005
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March 26, 2005
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- submitted by a student
February 12, 2005
Challenging environment for students. Not meant for just any student. The attendee must want to work very hard, and sometimes, there are no immediate rewards. However, once the student reaches the college-level, they will feel confident in their abilities because of the difficult environment Lowell provides.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2005
Lowell is arguably the highesh-performing high school in the state, but it's not for every kid, not even most smart kids. It's very competititve, and requires a lot of focus, organization and work--and for those kids with those qualities, they do fine.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2005
Lowell continues to live up to its long-standing reputation, both good and bad. The school offers excellent academics (one of the largest AP programs in the US) and extracurriculars (athletics, arts/music), but can be a pressure cooker environment for some and doesn't offer much in the way of 'hand holding' for those who aren't self-directed. But if you are serious about academics and willing to work hard, Lowell is hard to beat. Parents are involved in many aspects of the school, from staffing the college and career center to the bookstore to active participation on the school site council. Alumni also play an active role in supporting the school, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to help fund various programs.

- submitted by a former student
January 05, 2005
As a former student at Lowell (1991-1993), this is the best high school in the city and very likely the state (I spent my freshman year at Lincoln High before transferring to Lowell). The teachers are top quality, as well as the honors and advanced placement programs. The school is filled with 'nerds', which may sound bad among the high school crowd, but let's face it, these are students who routinely get good grades and have great futures. This also makes the school very safe, i.e. not having to worry about gangsters, drugs, etc. My favorite part of the program is the 'modular' system, instead of the typical 7-period day. It really gives a 'college' feel to the whole system.

- submitted by a former student
January 01, 2005
Very competivtive. Great extra curriculars. The teachers are wonderful, but they believe the students can do than they are capable of, ie. alot of homework.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2004
This is a good choice for students who are independent, organized and focused. There is not a lot of hand-holding, although support is available for those who are able to ask for it. My daughter does not feel any strong ties to the school, but has made many good friends and is well-prepared for college.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
October 18, 2004
This school is very good.

- submitted by a student
September 25, 2004
*sigh* Lowell, all the hype about a lot of homework is not too true in the freshman year, but it does start adding up sooner or later. The main thing is do most of your homework during your free mods, and join clubs that you are interested in.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2004
Lowell is a pretty good school, but too large to be a great school. Kids may feel overwhelmed when they first arrive, although the reg system seems to help them by having one group they can move from grade to grade with.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2004
At Lowell, students receive a quality, community-college level education without having to pay the massive amounts of tuition charged by neighboring private institutions. Students are taught to rely on themselves in order to succeed; they are taught the importance of hard work and self-reliance. Courses are quite difficult, but in the end they serve as strong foundations for students' future higher education. Yet, all schools have their drawbacks. The environment is quite competitive, to the point where students don't sleep more than 3 hours a day. Also, due to the school's self-scheduling system, grades maybe dependent on whether a student made their course selections first or last. Lowell teaches its students not to complain about obstacles, but rather to work to defeat them.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2004
An absolutly incredible school although my son graduated with lower grades than he would have recieved at a normal high school the amount of learning he recieved at Lowell has helped him to get straight A's at UC Davis, great teachers, great curriculum. Down side; math depatment is a bit out of touch with reality.

- submitted by a student
June 21, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
May 06, 2004
my two children are attending lowell. I think if students can learn how to pick the right teachers for themselves, they would have much better experience at lowell. This same skill should serve them well in college. Do not tolerate bad teachers.For the most part, my children are having a great education at lowell.While the works are tough and demanding, I think they are proud of what they can accomplish. The faculties and staffs are dedicated to the students. I think highly of the counselling staff. Try to make good use of their time, they are there for the students who seek for help.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2004
I would have to pay in excess of $20,000.00 each year for my child to attend [a school like] Lowell. The quality of the education offered is on par or exceeds many of the private schools in San Francisco. My child is learning to be her own advocate and is learning 'life skills' that will empower her to an independent and self-assured adult. It is easy to complain and Lowell can always do better but it is the parents responsibility to get involved.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2004
The US has a majority of the best colleges in the world. Yet, its pre-college preps are probably the worst. Most people do not realize that in college, the parents usually are no longer there to nudge/guide their children to make sure they go to classes and finish their homework; so they become lost in many ways. I've seen many students on all sorts of academic scholarships who fail miserably in their first years in college because they don't know how to self-initiate their studies. Lowell's organized in such a way that the students are prepared for this eventuality. It's definitely true that at this young stage of their lives, it may be kind of suffocating. The negative comments regarding this school have exactly implied as much. But it should also be noted that at this stage, their parents are suppose to be there to help through this transition.

- submitted by a former student
April 26, 2004
I had two children who attended Lowell. For one, it was the best school in the world. The other had a terrible experience. My son faced academic challenge, and opportunties for social growth. He graduated from Berkeley and is now in medical school. The school did not prvide the support and flexibility my daughter needed to survive teen trauma. When her academics began to faulter, the root social causes were given little acknowlegement or attention by staff. The callousness of teachers and administration proved disastrous. I think Lowell is a fine school, but it needs some shaking up. No teacher should be allowed to remain there longer than 10 years. They become complacent and think the school is good because they are great teachers, when in fact, the school is good because of selective admissions. It has great students, average teachers, and a poor administration.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2004
Although I'm not a parent, I did recently graduate from Lowell. It's a tough school to get good grades in. All the students there are competing among the top 10% of students in San Francisco and it's challenging. There were many good teachers, but a few are not helpful towards a good education. It does prepare you to conquer the academic realm, but not anything else. In order to achieve what you can at Lowell, it seems you must stay after school and talk to teachers, get an average amount of sleep as 4-5 hours. Other than that, it wasn't too bad of a school.

- submitted by a former student
April 06, 2004
I'm a Lowellite ('96). My GPA was average and went on to graduate with an electrical engineering degree at San Jose State via CCSF. I see comments about how people have no time to do homework and extra-curricular activities. Try working full time to pay for a full time education. The biggest worry I have for current students is that they don't have a clue what choices are available to them after they worked for that shiny new 'A'. Lowell is a double edged sword in a way: most students will get book smarts, but not street smarts (until they get out of Lowell).

- submitted by a former student
March 22, 2004
A lot of students that graduated or are attending Lowell emphasized on the stress that goes on. But I want to make a claim that Lowell isn't that bad. There's a lot of support around to achieve your goals. In reality, if you want to succeed, it takes much more than the hardwork you will learn to build at Lowell. It takes opporunties (which are very scarce in this down economy), initiatives, and guidance (which will be granted also by luck). Yet Lowell gives opportunities and guidance to students who asks for it. I believe all students who got offered a place at Lowell should accept it. Take the challenge. Even if you dont succeed in academic results, at least you will get a better understanding of who you are. After all, many top CEOs in America are not graduates of Ivy Leagues.

- submitted by a former student
March 17, 2004
If you want to go to a real college (i.e. Ivy League...when in the real world seeking a job, no one cares where you went to high school) please note that Lowell isn't even in the top 150 schools in the country. It's not even in the top 10 in the Bay Area. Most of best schools are private. You must remember the saying 'you get what you pay for.'

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2004
I'm a Lowell alum (class of 2002) currently attending Caltech. While I was neither cutthroat nor a workaholic in high school, I can say that the science classes were extremely good, especially those in physics, and I was one of the few people who came to my college feeling prepared to take on two more years of core science. One of the things I most appreciated, coming to college, was that I hadn't been the valedictorian or anything--Lowell may have been a humbling experience but so is the real world, so I'm thankful for my four years spent there.

- submitted by a former student
March 04, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
February 10, 2004
As a former student at Lowell (class of 1999), I have to say that Lowell is truly a great school. I enjoyed the academic challenge as well as the myriad student activities. I found that AP classes, student clubs, honor society, student government and the tennis team were commitments that one could keep with the right schedule. I have recently graduated from UCSD (summa cum laude) and hope to return to England (where was I was a visiting student at Oxford) for a Master degree. I found that Lowell prepared me better than alot of my peers for college.

- submitted by a former student
December 11, 2003
Attending Lowell definitely means missing out on quite a bit of sleep, struggling with academics while also juggling extra-curricular activities. If your child is suffering at this school while also taking regular classes and no activities outside of the classroom, you might want to consider transferring and applying to whichever college from another high school. The school also has valuable resources such as the VICCI center, several computer labs, world language lab, and department head offices where teachers would be more than happy to schedule time off to help students. Overall, most of the teachers at Lowell are some of the best you'll ever meet, while some will be exactly the opposite. The key is to be involved with your child's life at school. Also, admission to Lowell assumes that your child will be both physically and mentally prepared to get up at 6am to attend a 1/2 class and ending school at 3:30 (9 hours at school maximum), plus afterschool sports (if any), all while handling stress from overlapping tests in different subjects that require equal, high-level devotion. Time management is also crucial, especially with free time in between classes, or none at all except for lunch, assuming your classes don't run into lunch times.

- submitted by a student
November 21, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
November 18, 2003
There are a few words to describe lowell - stress, sleep deprivation and unaccomplished goals. I was part of the graduating class of 2003. When I was in 8th grade students and faculty of Lowell high school advertised Lowell as the way to go if you wanted to attended an Ivy league. After four years at the school I realized that it wasn't the case. Students graduate Lowell being prepared to go to an Ivy league, but they end up at schoosl that aren't named Yale, Stanford, Princeton or MIT. Sure there are those few expections. My four years of high school were the worst years of my life. Think about if you want your child to go to a school where the number one question is 'What grade did you get on your test?'

- submitted by a community member
October 24, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
no rating September 24, 2003
As a former student (Class of 1980) I am able to give both perspectives student/parent. When I attended, we did not have entrance exams and things were quite different than today. Back then it was truly culturally diverse. Academically, it was quite difficult. If you are not a truly dedicated, self motivated person, then Lowell will not be for you. If you are self motivated, intuitive, ambitious and creative, then Lowell will prepare you well for university life.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
August 22, 2003
I'm a recent lowell graduate and thought it was an excellent school. Prepare your student to be challenged during their first year because the transition from middle school to high school is difficult, at least it was for me. But after he/she learns to manage their time and study well for classes then it should be easy sailing, assuming that your student wants to succeed in high school. If you want your child to attend a prestigious university, ie. UC Berkeley, then you might consider choosing another high school because most of the students at Lowell thrive academically. I didn't make it into any of the top colleges and will be UC Davis in the fall, but the four years at Lowell was definitely worth it and hopefully it prepared me well for college because after all, it's a college preparatory high school.

- submitted by a former student
August 22, 2003
Although Lowell High School is indeed one of the best public schools in San Francisco I believe that it does not encourage advancement and growth of a culturally diverse California. The ethnicity percentages is ridiculous! 70% Asian vs. 2% African American, 7% Hispanic, 17% White? It's basically 26% away from an exclusively Asian school. I think that it further contributes to a sense of separation of races.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
I recently graduated from Lowell as part of the class of 2003. The most important skill you need at Lowell is time management. Everyone at Lowell is able to have a social life and have fun while studying there. It depends on the individual and how dedicated he/she is. If you procrastinate, it will seem as if you do not have enough time. I am going to UC San Diego next year and I thank Lowell's faculty and their dedication to its students. High school is a learning experience, if you do not do well, at least you experienced it. You may not end up at an Ivy league but there is at least one school out there made for you!

- submitted by a former student
August 22, 2003
Ok..I know this is technically for parents but I am about to be a senior at Lowell and honestly I've had the worst experience as far as school environment goes so far. If a student expects to get a decent ammount of help from a teacher, Lowell is not the place for them. Although the some teachers do take out time to help students in some way, a majority of the time the student is out of luck. At Lowell, people say that everyone can participate in sports, clubs and all sorts of other extra-curricular activities but because of the work load and the constant pressure to maintain a GPA of at least a 3.33, which is still seen to be low a lot of the students fail to take Lowell up on its offer of extra activities. Basically, if you're a student and you want to have a social life and you do want to recieve help from teachers and you want to have decent grades but are not one to constanly push yourself without anyone else pushing you, honestly Lowell is not for you. If you enjoy the pressure, and are a very hard-working and self-driving person then you'll fit right in here. Before you accept or decline your acceptance to Lowell, make sure that you figure out what you as a student want to achieve and experience during your high school years, and if you're a parent, don't force your kids to attend Lowell, more bad will come out as a result then good. Best advice, have your kids shadow a student, they'll tell you for themselves.

- submitted by a community member
August 20, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
August 17, 2003
I graduated in 1999, and have just graduated (with a double major and a minor) summa cum laude from UC Davis. Lowell truly isn't for everyone; students who thrive in cooperative environments and gentle handling will be absolutely miserable and fail. Those who can handle it will be confident leaders for the rest of their lives. Lowell is for self-driven, extremely competitive, hard-working people. You are very much on your own; no hand-holding here.

- submitted by a former student
August 16, 2003
I attended this school a few years back and am just finishing college. It is true that Lowell is a great school. In fact, it's reputation has long been upheld. However, in my opinion, the school is on a decline. Mind you, I am not the smartest person to have graduated from this institution but the quality of teachers from when I attended was very high. Their experience in their profession was unmatched. Each one had their own quirks, motivated students in their own way, and most cared about the progress of their class. Most of the laurels of the school have rested upon the success of these teachers. But ever since 1998, a large fraction has retired or moved on. The school still stands as a bastion for competitive education. However, the cut-throat nature of Lowell does not suit most teenagers. I was neither the most popular/athletic but I have my own successes. Much would not have been possible without this school. Believe the testamonials that state the long hours of studying and dedication. There are some sacrifices of social life. This school well-prepares you for college but lacks the luster that it once boasted.

- submitted by a former student
August 10, 2003
Lowell is a great school if your child has no problem working very hard 24/7. Students at Lowell must sacrifice everything to do well, which includes a social life and any chance of sanity. If a student cannot committ to his or her work, grades will suffer. Keep in mind that a little slacking will result in below a 4.0. The top ten percent at Lowell was 4.1 and above, and colleges usually like students in the top 10 percent. If a student does not have a gpa in the top 10 percent, he or she might as well forget about going to an ivy or top UC (Berkeley). If your child is more like a normal teenager instead of a workaholic, Lowell is not the place for them. Lowell is for extremely hardworking kids, not for average kids.

- submitted by a former student
August 10, 2003
I may not be a parent, but I attend the school as a to-be junior. I find that Lowell may not be all it's hyped up to be. The teachers aren't all that great, most of them are pretty biased. Most of the administration's corrupt as I'm sure it is in most schools. You separate from many of your closest friends; only maintaining insignificant hellos when you see each other down the halls. And maybe it's just me, but I don't think Lowell is that much hard work. I do all my homework at school most of the time and end up going home emptyhanded and with a light backpack. I'll give you the hard facts I know of Lowell. Don't be afraid to ask.

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Lowell High School
1101 Eucalyptus Drive, San Francisco, CA  94132
(415) 759-2730
Last modified Lowell High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Lowell High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 254 reviews.