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Lowell 9th Grade Application Process

Important Dates to Remember

Applying for Lowell High School in 9th Grade

Lowell High School is the only high school with academic and merit-based admissions criteria.   

Students who apply to Lowell must reside in San Francisco with the parent at the time of application, and continue to live in San Francisco while attending Lowell. Interdistrict permits are not allowed for admission to Lowell. Any application with falsified information will nullify any application or result in a canceled assignment.

Ninth grade applications must be submitted with an SFUSD application listing Lowell as one of the school requests by December 15, 2017. In addition to Lowell, students can list any number of other SFUSD high schools on the application. All requested schools, including Lowell, should be listed in order of preference.

Current SFUSD students in 8th grade do not need to submit additional documents for proof of address unless the student’s address has been recently changed. Non-SFUSD students must submit a picture ID of their parent/guardian, proof of birthdate, and one proof of address when submitting applications. Report card grades from 7th- and 8th grades, and Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) test results, will be used for admissions criteria.

Other documentation that shows extracurricular activities, extenuating circumstances, or that demonstrates ability to overcome hardship can be included with the Lowell application.

Lowell applicants who have not taken that SBAC must take the Lowell Admission Test on the scheduled dates in January.

The Lowell Admissions Test will be administered at Lowell on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, and Saturday, January 13, 2018. Test dates are assigned automatically according to the applicant’s last name.

Complete information about the process is available on the Lowell application form and the Lowell Admissions Policy.

What’s the Lowell selection process?

All applications for Lowell are reviewed, and students who meet entry criteria
are identified before the general assignment run for the January 12 application
deadline. Qualifying students who list Lowell as their first choice will receive
an assignment offer to Lowell. Those who qualify, but list another school as a
higher choice than Lowell, will go into the assignment run.

If a student receives placement into a higher choice school, he/she will not
receive an offer to Lowell but to the higher choice school. It is very important
that students list their choices of schools by preference. Students who do not
qualify for Lowell will not be negatively impacted, and will be included in the
assignment process for other choices listed on their application.

All students are reviewed and identified for Lowell admissions by the January
12 application deadline, and assignment offers will be mailed out on March 16,
2018. There is no wait pool or appeal process for Lowell. There also is no sibling priority for Lowell. All students must meet entrance criteria to enroll.

Admission to Lowell and Ruth Asawa SOTA is limited to students who reside in San Francisco only. Residents who subsequently move out of district will not be allowed an interdistrict permit to continue.

Lowell 9th Grade Enrollment Presentation 2018-19

Form & Documents for 2018-19 School Year

Lowell High School 9th grade applicants must submit:

Both applications must be submitted together by December 15, 2017.

Want to transfer to Lowell next year for 10th, 11th, or 12th grade? See more information on the Lowell 10th-12th Grade Application Process.

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