While Lowell is fiercely competitive, it fosters a learning experience that is individualized although it is a public school. Many well-known individuals have attended Lowell, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Naomi Fine (feminist writer), Carol Channing (actress), Alexander Calder (artist) ---
Many generations of San Franciscans also attend Lowell. While it was not racially diverse in the past, it has made great strides even though it at one point was called the Chinese Girls School.
However, if your child works better in a less competitive environment, choose a different school.