With a report due in a few weeks regarding the Lowell High Lyceum some parents had expressed concern that a letter sent home by High School Headmaster Edward J. Rozmiarek was changing the admittance policy by allowing current Freshman who did not live in Lowell prior to Nov. 30th 2010 the chance to test and gain admittance as a sophomore.
The letter (LyceumLetter2011 pdf.) went out last friday dated Sept. 23rd 2011
However, when I inquired about this issue, Supt. Franco was kind enough to respond and has informed me that this policy has been in effect since Headmaster Samaras and shared a copy of a letter he sent in 2009 (Invitation to test 2009) and that no policy change was put into effect.
I hope all is well. The addition of tenth grade students who have moved into Lowell for Sophomore year to Lowell is not a policy change. I have attached a letter that was sent by Bill Samaras that indicates that his process was in place at least back to 2009.
I hope this response answers your questions, If not please call me.
Some families apparently were not aware of this because a few had thought this was a change that required the School Committees approval and thought the Headmaster was making a change without consulting anyone. Glad to see that was not the case.
I am looking forward to the full report in the next few weeks. The Lyceum should be a high visibility and respected program and hopefully the report offers ways to make this possible.