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Lowell Alternative High School

School code number: 697
Grade level: 9-12
Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

1101 Eucalyptus Drive, San Francisco, CA, 94132
Neighborhood: Lakeshore
Phone: 415-759-2730
Fax: 415-759-2742
School Loop:
Principal: Andrew Ishibashi

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Discover This School

Founded in 1856 in San Francisco, Lowell is the oldest public high school west of the Mississippi. Admission to Lowell is competitive and merit-based, serving students from throughout the city who demonstrate academic excellence and are motivated to pursue a rigorous college preparatory program. In addition to topnotch academics, Lowell offers 100 active clubs and service organizations and a comprehensive athletic program, with 32 teams playing 27 sports. Our elective program boasts the largest Visual and Performing Arts Department in the city and a World Language Department of nine languages. All students have equal access to all classes, as well as academic and personal support. The curriculum is sequential to ensure high academic achievement, aligned with state curriculum standards, graduation requirements, and A-G subject requirements for CSU/UC Admissions.

At Lowell, we believe that high achieving learners are those who can apply what they have learned to levels of higher order thinking. Their strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills allow them to perform well on tests, as well as in real world situations. High achieving learners have strong oral and written communication skills, as well as the technological sophistication to stay innovative in today's world. Helping students discover joyful learning, teachers strive to create opportunities in which students recognize the important life-long skills that they are learning at Lowell and how these skills will benefit them as they transition on to college and/or career.

Our commitment at Lowell is to prepare students for their next step in life. We continue to promote effective communication throughout the school community. We develop opportunities for all stakeholders to participate in a meaningful way. As part of its commitment to the San Francisco community, and in cooperation with the Environmental Education Department of SF Environment, Lowell participates in a composting program to be in line with San Francisco's Green Initiative and to reduce trash and littering around the campus.

School Tours

Check the Lowell website and look for the School Tour link to sign up online.  The date for 8th Grade Night will be announced on website when determined.

School Tour Dates:

  • Sept 17, 24
  • Oct 1, 8, 21, 24, 28
  • Nov 4, 7, 14, 18
  • Dec 2, 10


School colors are cardinal red and white.  All students wear PE uniforms for physical education classes.

Before-school programs

Library opens at 7 a.m.

Afterschool programs

From 3:50-5:00 p.m., Peer Resources, Wellness, and CSF tutoring are offered to students, as well as close to 100 clubs are open to all students to join.

Special Education Programs

  • Designated instructional services
  • Resource specialist program
  • Moderate/severe separate classes
  • Community Access Transition (CAT)
  • Mild/moderate separate classes (cross categorical and autism)

Language Programs

All teachers are CLAD trained to teach all EL students.  There are no dedicated multilingual classes offered.  Students who don't pass the CELDT test or earned low scores on the CST test are placed in Academic Literacy and grade level English classes.

Student Support Programs

Peer Resources, Wellness, and CSF tutoring are offered to  students who are in need of additional academic support.  All teachers have posted at offices and on syllabi (in School Loop) their available office hours for student tutoring or conference requests.


Fall: Boys soccer, varsity football, f/s football, cross country, varsity girls volleyball, f/s girls volleyball, girls tennis, girls golf, spirit (cheerleading); Winter: wrestling, varsity boys basketball, f/s boys basketball, girls varsity basketbal

Arts and Enrichment

Art, band, ceramics, choir, drama, orchestra, piano lab

School Day Academic Enrichment

AP courses, Visual and Performing Arts classes (including photography, architecture, and theater tech), Journalism, Yearbook, World Languages, Robotics, and Science Research.

College Counseling/Support Programs

All students have a grade level counselor assigned to them for their four year duration at Lowell.  All students are given accounts to Connectedu, a district-wide college and career website that helps students and counselors plan and prepare to apply for college.  All counselors plan class schedules with students to ensure high school graduation requirements are met along with meeting A-G college/university entrance requirements.