Elite San Francisco School Sees New Wave of D’s and F’s After Eliminating Merit-Based Admissions

An elite high school in San Francisco is witnessing a record number of failing grades in its 2021-2022 academic year, after the school dropped its merit-based admissions system in favor of a random “lottery” system.

According to ADN America, Lowell High School saw 24.4 percent of its 620 freshman students receive either a D or an F in the first semester of the year. The percentage of similar grades in the Fall 2020 semester was one-third of that amount, at just 7.9 percent; in Fall 2019, it was slightly lower at 7.7 percent. The new percentage of 24.4 percent is on par with most other schools in the city, which had already abolished merit-based admissions.

The school’s previous system for admitting new students, based on grades and test scores, was decried as “racist” by radical left-wing activists due to more White and Asian students being accepted than black and Hispanic students. As such, the school ultimately replaced the merit-based process with a chance-based lottery.

But the outgoing principal of Lowell High, Joe Dominguez, refused to acknowledge that the lottery played a key role in the rise of failures, claiming that “there are way too many variables that contributed” to the decline in grades.

“Over a year of distance learning, half of our student body new to in-person instruction at the high school level and absences among students/staff for COVID all explain this dip in performance,” Dominguez said in an email statement to the press. “It is important not to insinuate a cause on such a sensitive topic at the risk of shaming our students and teachers who have worked very hard in a difficult year.”

Dominguez had announced his resignation in April, claiming his departure was due to a lack of “well organized systems, fiscal responsibility, and sound instructional practices as the path towards equity.”

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Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.