School Profile 2018-2019

2018-2018 School Profile


PROFILE 2017-2018



Founded in 1856, Lowell High School is the oldest public high school west of the Mississippi River. Located in San Francisco, the 26-acre campus is home to a culturally diverse student body population of 2,778, of which 36% are eligible for free or reduced meals.

Lowell is one of the highest performing public high schools in California, ranked in the top 100 nationally and #11 in California by U.S. News & World Report. Lowell has also been honored as a Gold Ribbon School, four times as a National Blue Ribbon School, and eight times as a California Distinguished School. Additionally, Lowell is ranked in the top 10 high schools globally for the number of Advanced Placement exams administered. This year we had 11 PSAT National Merit Finalists, 11 PSAT National Merit Semifinalist, and 58 National Merit Commended Students. Lowell has also received an Exemplary Visual and Performing Arts Award.

Representing the Lowell Cardinals is our 34 sports teams (24 varsity, 10 junior varsity teams). Our Cardinals won 17 varsity championships and 8 junior varsity championships last year. Both our girl’s soccer and basketball teams won the Northern California State Championships!

Lowell has over 90 active clubs and service organizations. Furthermore, Lowell is committed to equity and social justice, providing four consultancy programs. These programs were created for the purpose of closing the achievement gap, building community, and supporting our students academically and social-emotionally. Lowell is also in its first year of implementing its AVID program, which continues to support students academically. In addition, we have our Wellness Center, which provides all our students a confidential space with a multitude of support services at no cost. Lowell’s PTSA and Alumni Association also play a vital role in supporting the school community and maintaining its excellence.




American Indian or Alaskan 0.15% Asian Indian 2.12%

Black or African American 1.73% Chinese 39.85%

Filipino 6.01%

Hispanic 10.40%

Japanese 1.12%

Korean 1.37%

Middle Eastern/Arabic 0.61%

Other Asian 1.15%

Pacific Islander 0.40%

Vietnamese 4.43%

White 16.88%

Two or More 6.08%

Decline to State/Other 7.70%





AP English Language & Composition:

Algebra II + Pre-calculus (Compression)

AP Biology

English 74* / English 72*

Pre-Calculus Honors

Chemistry Honors

English 74* / English 77*

AP Calculus AB

AP Chemistry

English 75* / English 73*

AP Calculus BC

AP Environmental Science

English 75* / English 77*

AP Statistics

AP Physics 1

AP English Literature & Composition:

AP Computer Science

AP Physics 2

English 80* / English 86*

AP Principles of Computer Science

AP Physics 1/2

English 83* / English 84*


AP Physics C: Mechanics*

AP English Language & Composition A (Seniors)


AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism*

Social Studies

World Language

Visual & Performing Arts

AP World History

Chinese 3 Honors

AP Music Theory

AP US History

AP Chinese Language

AP Studio Art 2D

AP US Government*

French 3 & 4 Honors

AP Studio Art 3D

AP Comparative Government & Politics*

Italian 3 & 4 Honors

AP Studio Draw

AP Psychology

Japanese 3 Honors


AP Macroeconomics*

AP Japanese Language


AP Microeconomics*

Korean 3 & 4 Honors


AP Human Geography

Spanish 3 & 4 Honors


AP European History

AP Spanish Language



AP Spanish Literature


NOTE: Lowell offers many AP and Honors courses. Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts and budgetary constraints some students may not be able to enroll. Once enrolled, students are encouraged to complete these one-year courses.



Lowell offers a rigorous college preparatory program. Our cumulative GPA does not adequately represent a student’s actual achievements; therefore, we do not rank students. The GPA is based on transcript courses on a 4.0 scale from 9th-12th grade. The weighted GPA is computed by adding one point to all Honors and Advanced Placement courses.




*42% of the 2018 senior class had a weighted GPA of

4.0 or higher.




For the 2017-2018 school year, Lowell offered 30 Advanced Placement subjects. A total of 4,145 AP Exams were taken by 1,616 Lowell students, of which 1,446 students received scores of 3 or above.

Percent of total exams with scores of

3 or above:



Percent of total exams at Lowell

with scores of 3 or above:





1101 Eucalyptus Drive San Francisco, CA 94132

Phone: (415) 759-2730

Fax: (415) 759-2742 (CEEB) #052970

Administration x3166

Counselors x3101

Principal: Andrew W. Ishibashi x3109


AP - Buildings & Grounds: Orlando Beltran x3111 AP - Curriculum & Instruction: Dacotah Swett x3120 AP - Pupil Services: Margaret Peterson x3107

AP - State & Federal Programs: Holly Giles x3175 Dean: Ivan Yee, x3102

David Beauvais, x3158 Cheryl Fong, x3160 Jonathan Fong, x3180 Jaymie Frazier, x3157 Delainya Kazarian, x3162 Amber Wilson, x3161 Jeffrey Yang, x3159

Yejeen (Julie) Nam, x3159


College Counselor: Maria Aguirre, x3117