"Lowell High School is known for rigorous coursework and students looking for a challenge. Though there is some truth to that, people assume Lowell is great, but in fact, there is much more negative that outweighs the positive. Firstly, teachers here make Lowell like hell. Specifically the older teachers or the teachers who have had their positions for a long time. They expect students to know absolutely everything that is going on without properly explaining anything. Many teachers here do not care what is thought of them or if they even teach anything at all. Tenure is so outdated and it is ruining what could truly be a great school. Second, this school lacks diversity. When I walk around lowell, all i see are the faces of asian girls and an occasional white student. Im not kidding when I say black kids make up around 3% of the population or when I say I m the only hispanic in two of my classes. Third, expectations are placed very high for students at lowell. Some thrive with these expectations as they have some weird super powers, but many do not. It is not a rare sight to see someone doing homework on the bus and falling asleep or crying over their workload."
"I love it here! I used to be bullied in middle school, and all of the movies and rumors made highschool scary to me. It's my sophmore year and I have to say that the Lowell community is amazing. Everyone is nice and helpful, and there is no bulliying. Obviously I can't say that there is no mean people, there are, but people are clear to them that it's not tollerated. People stand up for you, and you learn to stand up for your selves. There so many classes and programs that are available here compared to other public schools. We have the most variety in languages, science courses, english courses and math courses. Plus if that isn't enough or some of your interests are not met there are a ton of educating clubs, volunteer clubs, sports clubs, ethnic clubs, and clubs where you have fun! If you fall back on grades, there is a lot of support. There are tutors in the library, or if no in the tutoring table knows how to help me (if they haven't taken the class I need help with) you can litterally walk up to anyone in the library and ask them "have you or are you taking------" and if they say yes they'll happily agree to help you (if they can). The wellness center is super cool too."
"Lowell is a challenging, inspiring, fun school for my 17 YO son. He works hard, most teachers are dedicated and skilled, athletics are fantastic, and fellow students smart and kind. Awesome."
"After finishing my first semester at Lowell, coming from a small private school, I am pleasantly surprised. While most of my friends are attending cushy private high schools, I am enjoying being a public school student. I have made amazing, down to earth friends who I can rely on for everything. Yes, the school is run down, but it has heart! I am gaining a much better understanding of math and enjoying biology for the first time. My English class is quirky and interesting and my history teacher is one of the most inspiring people I have ever met. I am involved in several clubs and the homework load is manageable. Lowell has definitely taken me out of the private school bubble, which I hugely appreciate. I have become more independent and open to the world. Do not be afraid to come to Lowell!"
"Lowell is not measurable to its reputation. My daughter arrived at this school an honor student and is leaving as one. It isn't because of this school that she is successful. Her counselor is ineffective. My child has been racially profiled by a profanity using teacher. It's her senior year and we couldn't be happier to leave. The courses are challenging but as far as prepping for college it's no different than Galileo. I have two children in SFUSD and my experience is Lowell is really not worth the hype. All of the hoops you must jump in just to get in is not worth it's salt. They have a practice where some students are allowed to skip lunch and take a class so potentially as a minor you can go the whole day without eating. My bottom line is if your child is already a model student, you don't have to further prove it by sending them to Lowell. This was my mistake. Once she is in college no one will care that she went to Lowell. Lowell will not provide you with a better opportunity to a UC than any other school will. Especially if the counselor is lazy. I've shared my experience so do as you please."