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The Board of Education adopted Resolution No. 212-2A1 that Lowell High School will use the regular admissions process that is used by other comprehensive high schools in SFUSD in the 2021-2022 academic school year and beyond. 

Questions on Lowell Admissions Changes

Why did the process change?

Prior to school year 2021-2022, Lowell was the only high school in SFUSD to use academic criteria for admission, this process created a school that does not reflect the diversity of SFUSD students and perpetuates segregation and exclusion. Lowell today enrolls less than 2% Black students, less than 12% Latinx students, and 0.4% Samoan Pacific Islander students, in a district that enrolls 8% Black students, 32% Latinx students, and 0.8% Samoan Pacific Islander students.

Is this a permanent change?

Yes, the board adopted Resolution No. 212-2A1 pertaining admission for School Year 2021-2022 and beyond. 

Is Lowell accepting applications for Round 2?

Yes, the same assignment policy applies to Lowell, please submit the application by the May 7th, 2021 deadline. Please visit for more information about the assignment process. 

Will students receive tiebreakers in student assignment?

Yes. Per the resolution, SFUSD will use Board Policy 5101 to admit incoming 9th graders to Lowell. All assignment policies and tiebreakers would apply to those applying to Lowell HS on their application. The following tiebreakers would apply in order of priority:

1. younger siblings of students who are enrolled in and will be attending the school during the year for which the younger sibling requests attendance;

2. students graduating from Willie L. Brown, Jr., Middle School (Brown) who were enrolled in and attended Brown in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade (Brown preference);

3. CTIP1;

4. all other students.

Can incoming 10th, 11th and 12th graders apply for Lowell?

Per the resolution for SY 2021-2022, no additional 10th-12th graders will be enrolled into Lowell so that we can hold consistent standards within each grade level and to address concerns with physical space.

How do I give input on this change?

The resolution has been voted on February 9th, 2021 and public comment on this issue has passed. However, if you have concerns or questions about the Lowell Admissions Policy, you can contact the Board of Education.