Welcome to Lick-Wilmerding

Dear Prospective Student,

As a private school with a public purpose, Lick-Wilmerding strives to be an inclusive community where students develop qualities of the head, heart, and hands that will serve them well throughout their lives. LWHS' faculty and community encourage independence, self-exploration, cooperative learning, intellectual inquiry, and contribution to the world at large. We believe that diversity in its many forms adds to the richness of "life at Lick." Students with a variety of interests and abilities who demonstrate a passion for learning embrace the myriad of opportunities during their four years within the LWHS community.

We invite you to "get to know Lick” and we most certainly, would love to get to know you. One of our hopes is that at the end of your high school admissions process, you will discover a new appreciation for yourself, your interests, and talents. On the following web pages, you will find information to make your application process to LWHS go as smoothly as possible. Selecting a high school can be quite daunting, yet exciting - so please don't hesitate to contact us with questions at your leisure.

May you have a wonderfully successful and enjoyable school year!

Kindest regards,
LWHS Admissions Team
LWHS at-a-Glance
• Founded in 1895

• Campus spaces include: Technical Arts "shops", caféteria, full-court gymnasium with rock climbing wall, music studio, dance studio, photography studio with darkroom, 3 computer labs, 30,000 volume library

• 118 freshman from 65 middle schools

• 55% students-of-color

• 39% of LWHS families receive Flexible Tuition

• 72 full-time teachers; 48 with MA degrees; 7 with PhDs

• Avg. class size: 15

• $75 million partnership with City College of San Francisco for use of athletic fields and facilities
Upcoming Admissions Events
LWHS Class of 2018 Fully-Enrolled
At this time, the Class of 2018 is fully-enrolled, and therefore the waiting pool is now closed. Furthermore, we will not be maintaining a waiting pool throughout the summer because the class is over-enrolled. Many thanks for your interest in LWHS!
LWHS in the News
Alumnus Debuts Brand New Violin Concerto
Inspired by the likes of Bach, Bethoven, Mendelssohn, Ligeti & Stravinsky, Samuel Carl Adams ’04 debuted his first violin concerto with the Berkeley Symphony this month.

Alumnus Ranked #1 Fencer in the World!
Former LWHS student, Gerek Meinhardt, has reached the #1 ranking in the WORLD for Men’s Foil!  After placing 3rd in 2014’s World Cup, Meinhardt has moved up from #2 to #1 and is now the top ranked Men’s Foil in the world.

Student Finalists in Film Contest "Making Ripples"
Marine Ecology students made films this Fall that we entered into film competitions. Two of the 10 films we submitted to "The Youth Making Ripples Contest", held by the Florida Institute of Technology, are in the 17 finalists (out of 109 entries). Watch them here!

Harvey Milk: A Cantata
In case you missed the triumphant performance of "Harvey Milk: A Cantata" in November by the LWHS choruses, we are pleased to share a new YouTube video. Hear the complete cantata.

Beyond Honey
Andie, Molly, Toby, and Tywen (Class of 2014) invite you to watch their documentary Beyond Honey. It was created for their Globalization class. The film outlines the various issues that bees are facing today, and what we can all do to help!

Paper Tiger and LitMag Congratulations Abound!
The Paper Tiger won a silver medal for the entire paper from the Crown Awards, which are the highest recognition given by Columbia University (CSPA) to a student print or digital medium for overall excellence.

LWHS Alumnus Becomes Youngest Writer Appointed to Staff of The New Yorker
Congratulations to Nathan Heller class of 2002, who was recently named to the staff of The New Yorker; the youngest writer ever appointed! 

LWHS Exhibit at Maker Faire wins “Editor’s Choice”
This past weekend, 20 LWHS students, parents, and teachers took part in the 2013 Bay Area Maker Faire which features “innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft.” The effort and passion they put into their exhibit won them an Editor’s Choice Blue Ribbon, which is given to Makers that have demonstrated great creativity, ingenuity and innovation.

LWHS Senior Throws First Pitch of the World Series
Mario Barajas ’13, was chosen by the Boys & Girls Club, for all of his dedication and service, to throw the ceremonial first pitch at the first game of the World Series at AT&T Park on October 24, 2012.
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