The answers to your questions about admissions at SFUSD are in my blog http://fogcityguide.com/
I just republished the article from my old format for you.
I was raised here and I live and work on the westside.I am a parent of two daughters that both attended Lowell. One a graduate and one a senior I am active in school issues as a Realtor and konw the market for homes in the areas. I've been through the process that you are entering and would love to work with you.