Curriculum Changes Coming To San Francisco’s Lowell High

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Class requirements are shifting at San Francisco’s highest performing school, Lowell High. The idea, district officials say, is to better prepare students for a high school curriculum that will ensure success getting into a good college.

A course known as “College and Career” has long been required at all public high schools in San Francisco, and most students take it in the ninth grade. However, at Lowell High students took the class later, and dove right into the required three years of history as freshmen.

KCBS’ Rebecca Corral Reports:

Starting this fall, Lowell students will join the rest of San Francisco in taking College and Career in the ninth grade, which will push their history requirements to the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.

Critics say this decision puts Lowell students at a disadvantage because the “Modern World” History class also teaches note taking and research skills, which are things that they could use early on.

”It’s really important to have the class [College and Career] in the ninth grade because it takes them through what you have to do in order to be eligible,” said Dr. Janet Schulze, assistant superintendent of high schools for the San Francisco Unified School District. “It’s increasingly more competitive and even students at Lowell aren’t a shoo-in into our UC or CSU system. It’s about educating them about what they need to do throughout their four years of high school.”

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  • E Chang

    Shoe-in? I hope Lowell students learn that the correct term is “shoo-in.”

    • jon

      Great idea, let’s make Lowell, the only great public high school in SF. become more like the rest of the school district, which performs like one of the worst school districts in the state.

  • genomega1

    Translation: They are actually getting an education, time to dumb them down.

  • Tours Martel

    Not to worry- the longer students attend UC Berkeley, the less they know about American history according to a survey done there a few years back. Slack or no standards in high school, met no core standards at university. Rather explains the low perfornmance of our voters, and state and federal legislators, doesn’t it?

  • Richard Boyle

    And then when they graduate from their “good” college they can step right into high paying glamorous jobs. Ha Ha. Just because a person goes to college and gets a degree doesn’t maen he/she really knows much about anything. I’ve worked with PhD;s who can’t even spell or write a gramatically correct sentence. Our schools need to concentrate more on the basics and stop being baby sitters; and parents need to be actively involved in their children’s education. We can’t expect the schools to do it all for us while we’re busy multi-tasking.

  • Sofa Kingdom

    Get them to start paying tuition. Then they’ll really be prepared for college.

    Lets move all their students to Thurgood Marshall or something. Then Thurgood will be the highest performing school. Is it a surprise to anyone that if they only take high performers, that their product will only be high performers?

  • tn

    A real knock on Lowell- was their past curriculum so poor that the students were “disadvantaged?” Hmmm? I smell cost-cutting and funding cuts somewhere. Interesting that a “smart” school like Lowell wasn’t up to par? Someone’s wagging the dog or going to be removing another expensive class course and replacing it with this, or trying to get an ineffective teacher out of Lowell by masking it in the form of this new curriculum. Time will well all.

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