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Lowell High School admissions will return to merit-based system after S.F. school board vote

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Supporters of a merit-based admission system rally before a special meeting at SFUSD headquarters on Wednesday in San Francisco.

Supporters of a merit-based admission system rally before a special meeting at SFUSD headquarters on Wednesday in San Francisco.

Bivett Brackett rallied in favor of the lottery-based admission process that has been in effect at Lowell High School. The school board voted to restore merit-based admission.

Superintendent Vincent Matthews (left) and commissioner Lisa Weissman-Ward discuss Lowell’s admission system Wednesday during a special meeting at SFUSD headquarters in San Francisco.

After nearly two years of intense and bitter debate, test scores and grades will once again determine which San Francisco students are admitted to Lowell High School after the city’s school board decided to return to the merit-based admission system Wednesday.

In a 4-3 vote, the school board decided to restore the previous merit process after two years of using a lottery-based system. The vote will now apply to freshman entering in the fall of 2023 as well as future classes, unless the board takes further action in the future to change the admission process.

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