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    Lowell Elementary School

    Lowell Elementary is a magical place where students from all over the world with a diversity of strengths and challenges come together with staff each day to learn and grow academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally.  Lowell serves students in our Capital Hill neighborhood and students from the downtown area. 

    Our school population includes students on track to meet and/or exceed standard; students with mild to significant disabilities; students who together, speak over 20 different languages; students eligible for free/reduced lunch (50%);  students/families who are homeless and/or in traditional housing, and students who are advanced learners.  We are truly an urban school, with all that an urban school has to offer.

    We use the Common Core standards to guide our instructional practices and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) to guide our work in supporting student social, behavioral, and emotional learning.  To be responsive to the needs of the whole child our work is structured through an Integrated Multi-tiered System of Support.  We strive each day to close the Opportunity Gap, see our work through an equity lens, and dedicate ourselves to forming positive relationships with each student and family who walks through our school doors.

    Our History

    • 1890: School opened and was named the Pontius School
    • 1891: Renamed Columbia School
    • 1910: Renamed Lowell School honoring James Russell Lowell, 19th century poet, scholar and diplomat from Massachusetts
    • 1973: New playground facilities installed making Lowell the first school in the nation with a play area designed to allow equal access for students with disabilities
    • 1997-2011: The Accelerated Progress Program (APP) and programs for students with significant disabilities operated in the building
    • 2011-2012 we became a neighborhood and downtown area school, serving a diverse student population.


    As of February 10th, 322 students are enrolled in kindergarten through grade 5 classrooms, and our AM and PM preschool programs are at capacity, putting our overall student populations close to 370.  Note:  programming for our building is based on the K-5 count only.

    Lowell has three classrooms of students, grades kindergarten through third grade.  We have one straight fourth grade classroom, one fourth/fifth split classroom, and one straight fifth grade classroom.

    Special Education services include a Resource Room (1.2 FTE), a primary and intermediate Focus program, one Distinguished classroom (referred by the District as "Distinct") , and one classroom for students with significant disabilities.  We have three preschool programs, including extended day programming, serving different student groups in the AM and PM.

    Currently, 24% of our students are Caucasian.  The majority of our students come from all over the world and represent many races and ethnic groups.

    Over 25% of our students speak a language other than English at home.

    Approximately 15% of our students are homeless or living in transitional housing.

    50% of our students qualify for free and/or reduced lunch.

    Our Mission

    Our mission is to implement an integrated multi-tired system of support (MTSS) framework through professional development and collaborative leaming to close the opportunity gap for every Lowell Dragon.

    MTSS is a systematic way to report and track student performance in academics and social/emotional domains to ensure each and every student is receiving the supports he/she needs.

    Our Vision

    Our vision is to grow Dragons who are

    • Dependable
    • Respectful
    • Accountable
    • Goal-orientated
    • Organized
    • Nurturing
    • Safe

    in a collaborative school climate and culture built on relationships, informed by a lens of equity, and rich with academic and social learning opportunities.

    Contact Us

    1058 East Mercer Street
    Seattle, WA 98102

    Main Office: 206-252-3020
    Attendance: 206-252-3024
    Fax: 206-252-3021

    Principal: Colleen Shea Stump

    Bell Schedule

    2017-18 Schedule

    Start and End Times:
    8:55 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.
    Early Release Wednesday:
    8:55 a.m. - 2:10 p.m.