Lowell 9th Grade Application Process
Lowell High School admissions update
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.
Seventh and eighth grade report card grades and Lowell Admissions test or SBAC test results will be used for admissions criteria. All Lowell applicants must take the Lowell Admissions test. For students who have taken the SBAC test in the Spring of 7th grade, the higher scores from the two tests will be used. The Lowell Admissions test will be administered at Lowell on January 4th, 5th, 6th, and 9th at 6 p.m. Test dates are assigned automatically according to the applicant's last name.
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.