Lowell Application Process


Lowell High School requires a combination of grades and test scores for admission. Due to changes with the grading policy in the spring, SFUSD will adjust the admissions process for Lowell HS for 2021-22. We will post the revised admissions process in mid-October.

Lowell High School 9th Grade Application Process

The following information is for School Year 2020-21. For SY 2021-22 information, please check back in mid-October.

Important Documents

Application Forms

Note: Deadline has passed. Lowell High School ninth-grade applicants must submit a general SFUSD Enrollment Application and a Lowell 9th Grade Application by December 13, 2019.

Lowell High School is the only high school in SFUSD with academic and merit-based admissions criteria.   

Proof of Residency

Students who apply to Lowell must reside in San Francisco with a parent/legal guardian 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.

Current SFUSD students in eighth grade 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 their parent/guardian, proof of birth and one proof of address when submitting applications.

Application Deadline—Passed

Ninth-grade Lowell applications must be submitted along with an SFUSD application listing Lowell as one of the school requests.Applications are due to the Educational Placement Center or current SFUSD middle school by December 13, 2019. In addition to Lowell, students can list any number of other SFUSD high schools on the application. All requested schools, including Lowell, should be listed in order of preference. Lowell does not need to be the first choice.

Admissions Test

Lowell applicants who have not taken the seventh grade Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) in a California public school must take the Lowell Admission Test on one of these scheduled dates:

  • Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 11, 2020, 8:30 a.m.

Applicants must select one of these test dates on their Lowell application.

Report card grades from seventh and eighth grades and Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) or Lowell Admission test results will be obtained by EPC from the district or the applicant’s current school. Complete information about the process is the Lowell application form and the Lowell Admissions Policy.


What’s the Lowell selection process for 9th grade?

All applications received for Lowell are reviewed, and students who meet the admissions criteria are identified before the school assignment run in March.

Students who meet the admission criteria and list Lowell as their first choice will receive an assignment offer to Lowell. Those who meet the requirements but list another school as a higher choice will go into the school assignment process for their higher choice. If they are assigned that higher choice, they will not receive an offer to Lowell. However, if they do not receive their higher choice, they will be assigned to Lowell.

Students who do not meet the admissions criteria for Lowell will not be negatively impacted for other school choices. They will still be included in the assignment process for other school choices listed on their application.

Due to the student assignment process, it is very important that students list their school choices by their preference. Assignment offers will be mailed by March 20, 2020. There is no wait pool or appeal process for Lowell. There also is no sibling tiebreaker for Lowell. All students must meet the admissions criteria to enroll.