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 Capitol 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, 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 (MTSS).
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.
- 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.
Approximately 300 students attend kindergarten through grade 5 classrooms at Lowell Elementary. We also welcome many AM and PM preschoolers enrolled in our developmental preschool classrooms. In 2022-23, we will add a Headstart preschool program.
For the 2021-22 school year we have two kindergarten classrooms, three first grade classrooms, three second grade classrooms, two third grade classrooms, and four sections of 4/5 multiage classrooms. Our numbers fluctuate each day.
Special Education services include a Resource Room, a primary and intermediate Focus program, one Distinguished classroom (referred by the District as “Distinct”), and one Aspire classroom for students with significant disabilities (medically fragile). We have three preschool programs, including extended day programming, serving different student groups in the AM and PM.
The majority of our students come from all over the world and represent many races and ethnic groups and many speak languages other than English at home.
At Lowell Elementary School, we guide students’ academic and emotional success and self-efficacy by creating an inclusive and equitable community. We collaborate to build trust through universal practices while holding high expectations for each of our learners.
At Lowell, our students are joyful and resilient critical thinkers who advocate for themselves and others and solve problems facing their communities.
- We teach and learn from each other in an environment that is consistently inclusive, safe, and anti-racist, centering black and brown voices and experiences.
- We develop and nourish partnerships between our school staff, families, and community to ensure students’ strengths and interests are encouraged and empowered so that they have full access to the highest levels of learning.
- We center the voices and experiences of Black and Brown staff members to build trust and repair harm through restorative justice.