Lowell Alternative High School
School code number: 697
Grade Level: 9-12
Hours: 7:30AM - 3:30PM
1101 Eucalyptus Drive, San Francisco, CA, 94132
Phone: (415) 759-2730
Fax: (415) 759-2742
School Loop: lhs-sfusd-ca.schoolloop.com
Principal: Andrew Ishibashi
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.
Check the Lowell website and look for the School Tour link to sign up online. Tours will begin every Wednesday from October 3, 2012 to December 12th 2012 from 9:45 - 10:30 am.Date for 8th Grade Night will be announced on website when determined.
UniformsSchool colors are cardinal red and white. All students wear PE uniforms for physical education classes.
Before School Programs
Library opens at 7:30
After School ProgramsFrom 3:50-5:00PM, 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
- Special Day Class/High Functioning Autism/Learning Disabled
- Special Day Class/Learning Disabled
- Special Day Class/Severely Impaired
Resource Specialist Program, Special Day Class/Learning Disabled, Special Day Class/Severely Impaired, Special Day Class/Severely Impaired-Transition, Special Day Class/High Functioning Autism/Learning Disabled, Designated Instructional Services
Language ProgramsAll 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 ProgramsPeer 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.
School Day Academic EnrichmentAP courses, Honor Courses, Visual and Performing Arts classes (including photography, architecture, and theater tech), Journalism, Yearbook, World Languages
Opportunities for Parental Involvement
The School Site Council, a partnership among staff, students, alumni and parents, develops an annual Academic Plan and allocates resources within the school to support its plan. The SSC semiannually reviews and updates the plan and budget to reflect changing needs and priorities. The Lowell PTSA is integral to student and faculty life at Lowell. They are always visible on campus as volunteers in the Vicci College Center, Book-to-Book student store and the World Language Lab. They also help host all Lowell student, faculty and community events. PTSA also hosts "Student for a Day," in which parents shadow students to experience daily life at Lowell. In recent years, the PTSA and Alumni have given over 1.5 million in grants to enrich Lowell's course offerings and student support programs
Languages Spoken by Staff
Pathways/Academies: 104 AP classes offered. Counseling office staff works in collaboration with volunteers at Paul Cheng VICCI Center to provide college information to all students, including testing, Naviance online program, college application, financial aid information, and other supporting services to prepare every student for higher education. 80.3% of Class 2009 of 628 graduates attended 4-year colleges and 19.3% attended community colleges.
Club: Close to 100 clubs
Awards: 2009 California Distinguished School