Lowell High School Reviews
Lowell High School provides a good foundation for college, excellent student support, many opportunities to get involved.
It's true. If the students are dedicated to their studies then they will succeed. The school offers education that's either on par or even better than what one can find in the local private high schools. Based on the comments for Sacred Heart Prep. and SI Prep. which charge tuition that is almost as much as university tuition these private schools-especially SH-do not offer all that much challenge when compared with Lowell.
As for the difficulties in being accepted to Lowell don't despair if your student doesn't get accepted. There is an overwhelming number of applicants who apply from 8th grade. However, in my son's experience, applying to the 10th grade was no problem whatsoever, easier than applying to 9th grade. Of course, the student's grades need to be excellent, but that's generally all they need to transfer.
I think its an awesome school. Great students, but teachers can be annoying. Workload is a lot.
YES: big campus & population, big class sizes. Lots of AP courses offered for "college preparation," great sports teams and a variety of clubs to join, and more facilities than any other SF public school. Problem? Way too many people. And way too academically-focused. Unrelentlessly competitive. UNDIVERSE student population in terms of ethnic background and for goodness's sake, even gender. Since there are so many people and they are all the same-- all focused on getting good grades and test scores, it IS really hard to stand out as an individual with your own personality, social life, and free time to pursue pratical real-life goals or even leisure. Trust me, unless you are non-Asian, class president, varsity basketball champ, or have a great personality or group of friends, or at least the confidence to stand out like no other, etc. you will NOT enjoy your experience as a human being at Lowell. Please take serious consideration or your capability and more importantly your DESIRE to compete with your classmates for that A, do homework on bus rides home, study until the crack of dawn and reluctantly drag your worn out mind and body back to the "factory," and beat each other out in hopes of getting into colleges that won't accept you because you're all the same at Lowell-- study freaks. Take my advice and think about it what LIFE you want to have as a high school teenager.
Lowell High School is a really great school and we learn a lot but if you don't study hard enough or pay attention, you'll fall way behind. Even if you miss one class, it'll throw you off. There's so much competition its hard to stand out. It makes you feel like you have nothing to offer because everyone else has done it already. I like all the clubs and programs they offer. They have a great variety of sports and a big campus. Their classes are really interesting because most of the language classes or science classes aren't available at other high schools in San Francisco.