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Lowell Alternative High School

School code number: 697
Grade level: 9-12
Hours: 7:35 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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

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Founded in 1856 in San Francisco, Lowell High School is the oldest public high school west of the Mississippi. It is ranked as one of the highest performing public high schools in California, and has been recognized 4 times as a National Blue Ribbon School, 8 times as a California Distinguished School, and one time as a Gold Ribbon School. Lowell has been consistently ranked #1 in the Western Region for the number of Advanced Placement Exams given.

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, 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 eight languages. All students have equal access to all classes, as well as academic and personal support through its Wellness, Peer Resources and CSF Tutoring Programs. The curriculum is sequential to ensure high academic achievement, aligned with common core curriculum standards, graduation requirements, and A-G subject requirements for CSU/UC Admissions.

Our commitment at Lowell is to prepare students for their next step in life. We develop opportunities for all stakeholders to participate in a meaningful way. Lowell's PTSA and Alumni are a vital part in maintaining Lowell's excellence.

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

Before-school programs

Library opens at 7 a.m.

Language Programs

  • French World Language
  • Hebrew World Language
  • Italian World Language
  • Japanese World Language
  • Korean World Language
  • Latin World Language
  • Mandarin World Language
  • Spanish World Language

Student Support Programs

  • Advisory
  • Counselor
  • Mentoring
  • Health and wellness center
  • On-site nurse
  • Peer resources
  • Other


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Spirit squad
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts Enrichment

  • Band
  • Ceramics
  • Choir
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Guitar
  • Jazz
  • Media arts
  • Orchestra
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
  • Other
Art, band, ceramics, choir, drama, orchestra, piano lab

School Day Academic Enrichment

  • Academic counseling
  • Advanced Placement (AP) classes
  • College classes at CCSF or SFSU
  • Honors classes
  • Internships available
  • Project-based learning
  • Student portfolios
  • Tutoring in school

College Counseling/Support Programs

  • 100% College Prep
  • Academic counseling
  • Cash for College or Financial Aid Night
  • College and/or career counseling
  • College and/or career fair
  • College application workshops
  • College tours and visits
  • Personal statement workshops
  • uAspire
  • SFUSD Plan Ahead curriculum