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Lowell 9th Grade Application Process

Lowell High School admissions update

Lowell High School is the only high school with academic and merit-based admissions criteria. For complete information, please see the Lowell application form and the Lowell Admissions Policy.  

Applicants 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 together with an SFUSD application listing Lowell as one of the school requests by, Friday, December 16, 2016. In addition to Lowell, each student may apply for any number of other SFUSD high schools on the application. All requested schools including Lowell should be listed in order of preference.

Current SFUSD eighth grade students 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 parent or guardian, proof of birthdate, and two proofs of address as indicated on the What You Need to Apply page, when submitting the applications.

For 2018-2019 ninth grade Lowell applicants, seventh and eighth grade report card grades and Lowell Admissions test or SBAC test results will be used for admissions criteria.  For students who have taken the SBAC test in the Spring of 7th grade, those scores will be used.  For students who did not take the SBAC in 7th grade, the Lowell Admissions test scores will be used.  The Lowell Admissions test will be administered at Lowell in January of 2018 (dates to be determined)

Note:  For current SFUSD 2016-2017 school year seventh graders, the Spring 2017 SBAC scores will be used for 2018-2019 Lowell ninth grade eligibility.

Any documentation you wish to attach to the application pertaining to extracurricular activities, extenuating circumstances, or demonstrated ability to over come hardship. Please bring photocopies of these documents to speed up the submission process.

Lowell Selection Process

There is no sibling priority for Lowell. All students must meet entrance criteria to receive an assignment offer.

All applications for Lowell are reviewed, and students who meet entry criteria are identified prior to the general assignment run for the first placement round. Qualifying students who list Lowell as the first choice school 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 they receive a placement into a higher choice school, they will not receive an offer to Lowell but to the higher choice school instead. Therefore, it is important to list your choices of schools by preference. Students who do not qualify for Lowell will not be negatively impacted (it will be as if the school was not listed as a choice school) and will be included in the assignment process for all the other choices listed on their applications.

All students are reviewed and identified for Lowell admissions in Round 1 and assignment offers will be mailed out by March 17, 2017. There is no waiting pool or appeal process for Lowell.

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 Workshop 2017-18

Form & Documents for 2017-18 School Year

Lowell High School 9th grade applicants must submit:

Both applications must be submitted together by December 16, 2016.

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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