Lowell High School in San Francisco, CA - Niche

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Lowell High School is a public school in San Francisco, California. It has 2,696 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 95% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 714 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

1101 Eucalyptus Dr
San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 759-2730

Ratings and Reviews
3.7 from 714 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 5
    Teachers: Great school, great environment, great staff.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Health & Safety: The school is very safe. No one ever causes trouble so there is no need to take extra steps to ensure safety. We have drills every now and then but no one really pays attention. Security guards are around but they harass/joke around with kids more than secure their safety. It's pretty easy for anyone to walk in or out, especially students who want to ditch.
    • High School Senior
    • 5
    Extracurriculars: Lots of different clubs for all types of people. Clubs focus on almost every activity you can think of, and there are also many clubs tailored to different groups (LBGTQ, hapa, Fil-Am, poly, etc.) It is an easy way to find a group of people you can relate to.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: Overall, the school has been known across the city to be very hard. Teachers, students, parents, and other falcutly play into this generalization. It leads to competiveness and school pride. I enjoyed this school because it challenged me and offered a lot of courses that other schools could not. The overall atmosphere was quite friendly, however very 'clique-y'. Most people stayed within their groups and were very judgemental. If had to relive high school again, I'd definitely choose to go to Lowell.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Teachers: Some teachers will go above and beyond to make sure students grasp the materials. They are engaging, friendly, and fair to all the students. However a lot of teachers try to make the course too difficult, setting students up for failure. They assign heavy workloads and create tests that cover material too advanced for the lesson learned. A lot of teachers have bad communication skills with the students; it seems as though they do not care if the student passes or fails the class.

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Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
3.66 Abraham Lincoln High 1 mi. 1,958
3.33 Westmoor High School 3 mi. 1,651
3.33 George Washington High 3 mi. 1,998
3.33 El Camino High School 5 mi. 1,486
3.00 Galileo High School 6 mi. 1,940

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity


Female 58%
Male 41%

Student Diversity

Lowell High School United States Abraham Lincoln High El Camino High School Galileo High School George Washington High Westmoor High School
Asian 64.0% 4.8% 64.0% 28.0% 71.0% 68.0% 64.0%
White 14.0% 51.0% 5.0% 7.0% 3.0% 8.0% 5.0%
Hispanic 9.0% 25.0% 17.0% 34.0% 15.0% 13.0% 17.0%
Multiracial 7.0% 2.8% 4.0% 25.0% 2.0% 4.0% 9.0%
African American 2.0% 15.0% 6.0% 2.0% 5.0% 5.0% 2.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 24.7%
Grade 10 24.3%
Grade 11 26.2%
Grade 12 24.8%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 102 responses

  • 65% Yes
  • 29% Not sure.
  • 6% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 75 responses

  • 20% Prepares you for college
  • 15% Safe
  • 13% A lot of Sports and Club Activities
  • 11% Opportunities
  • 9% Intelligent
  • 9% Friendly
  • 8% Freedom
  • 5% Teachers will go out of their way to help kids.
  • 5% Helpful
  • 4% Provide motivation to be competitive.

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 59 responses

  • 29% Very competitive
  • 23% School starts too early
  • 20% Work
  • 15% Stressful
  • 5% Really old textbooks
  • 1% Some teachers are insanely strict.
  • 1% Pressure on ap classes and honors

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 78 responses

  • 35% Lowell is very grade oriented
  • 29% Almost everyone is motivated to do their best
  • 22% A lot of smart people
  • 8% People are very accepting of others
  • 5% All of the above
  • 1% Every individual has a special talent

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 76 responses

  • 54% Challenging
  • 17% Stressful
  • 11% Stimulating
  • 11% What is sleep?
  • 4% All of the above
  • 3% Great community, but too much "busy work"
  • 1% Welcoming community

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 62 responses

  • 32% Be prepared to be challenged and stretched
  • 31% Expect work! but don't let that scare you
  • 21% Learn to manage your time.
  • 11% It's only has hard as you make it be.
  • 5% Don't be afraid of taking chances.

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 67 responses

  • 6% I love everything about this school.
  • 87% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 6% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 1% I hate everything about this school.