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Lowell 9th Grade Application Process

Applying for Lowell High School in 9th Grade

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

Proof of Residency

Students who apply to Lowell must reside in San Francisco witha parent/legal guardian 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. Current SFUSD students in eighth 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.

Application Deadline

Ninth-grade Lowell Applications must be submitted along with an SFUSD application listing Lowell as one of the school requests. Applications are due to the Educational Placement Center or current SFUSD middle school by December 14, 2018. 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. Lowell does not need to be the first choice.

Admissions Test

Lowell applicants who have not taken the seventh grade Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) in a California public school must take the Lowell Admission Test on one of these scheduled dates:

  • Wednesday, January 9, 2019
  • Saturday, January 12, 2019

Applicants must select one of these test dates on their Lowell application. Report card grades from seventh and eighth grades, and SBA or Lowell Admission test results, will be obtained by EPC from the District or the applicant’s current school. Complete information about the process is available on the Lowell application form and the Lowell Admissions Policy.

What’s the Lowell selection process for 9th grade?

All applications received for Lowell are reviewed, and students who meet the admissions criteria are identified before the school assignments in March.

Students who meet the admission criteria and list Lowell as their first choice will receive an assignment offer to Lowell. Those who meet the requirements, but list another school as a higher choice, will go into the school assignment process for their higher choice. If they are assigned that higher choice, he/she will not receive an offer to Lowell. However, if they do not receive their higher choice, they will be assigned to Lowell.

Students who do not meet the admissions criteria for Lowell will not be negatively impacted for other school choices. They will still be included in the assignment process for other school choices listed on their application.

Due to the student assignment process, it is very important that students list their school choices by their preference. Assignment offers will be mailed by March 15, 2019. There is no wait pool or appeal process for Lowell. There also is no sibling tiebreaker for Lowell. All students must meet the admissions criteria to enroll.

Lowell High School 9th grade applicants must submit:

Both applications must be submitted together by December 14, 2018.

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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