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Admissions FAQs

  • Q. What does Lick-Wilmerding High School look for in a student?

    We look for students who are active and dedicated learners, intellectually curious, and will thrive in a community that celebrates multiple perspectives and varied interests. LWHS students have a well-deserved reputation for being very friendly, altruistic, compassionate, and willing to try new things.
  • Q. How many students are enrolled in the 9th grade?

    There are 128 students in the Class of 2018. Total school enrollment is 478.
  • Q. What is the basis for selection from all the applications you receive?

    Our Admissions Committee takes into consideration every aspect of the student application including the personal essays, transcript, teacher recommendations, standardized test scores, the student interview, and each applicant's affinity for the LWHS mission and educational philosophy. The Committee is charged with crafting a 9th grade class that is balanced in all forms of diversity, including gender, socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, geographic, and co-curricular interest.
  • Q. Who makes up the Admissions Committee?

    Our Admissions Committee consists of faculty, school administrators, and members of the Admissions team who read, discuss, and consider the viability of all prospective students.
  • Q. Can I submit my entire application and fee online?

    Yes. Visit our 'Applying to LWHS' page in late-September for the link to complete Part I and Part II of our application. To begin our application process, please first submit an online inquiry form.
  • Q. Which standardized tests are accepted with the application?

    LWHS accepts test scores from the SSAT and ISEE.
  • Q. Are interviews required of students applying to LWHS?

    Interviews are required for every student who has submitted an application to LWHS. They will take place on January 11 and January 25, 2014 and will be conducted by a member of the Admissions Committee. The interview is a conversation in which students have the opportunity to share about himself/herself, in terms of passions, educational goals, interests, and the type of high school experience they seek for the next four years.
  • Q. What are my chances of getting an offer of enrollment?

    Admission to LWHS is very competitive. On average, we receive approximately 750 applications each year for 116 seats in the incoming 9th grade class.
  • Q. Are sibling and legacy applicants given priority in admissions?

    While we absolutely appreciate and value the sense of "family" that sibling and legacy applicants bring to our community, we cannot guarantee admission based on these associations alone. These prospective students must also demonstrate academic, leadership, and interpersonal qualities and potential that will serve them well during their educational journey at LWHS.
  • Q. Are students who attended Aim High given priority in admissions?

    Although LWHS has a strong connection with Aim High, students who attended the program are not given priority because of this association.
  • Q. Are campus "shadow" visits and Open House attendance required of students who plan to apply to LWHS?

    Participation in our Campus Visit and Open House programs are optional. The campus "shadow" visit gives students a chance to experience a typical LWHS school day. 8th graders visit one or two classes, go on a campus tour with a LWHS student host, and attend an information session led by a member of the Admissions team. Open House events invite parents/guardians and students to learn more about the LWHS curriculum, educational philosophy, and mission. Campus tours and academic presentations are given, and attendees have the opportunity to speak with faculty and current students and parents/guardians.

    Please note that our campus visit program and Open House events are for 8th grade students and their parents/guardians only.
  • Q. How do you define diversity at LWHS?

    At LWHS, we acknowledge and celebrate the uniqueness of all Bay Area families. We value the multiple perspectives, talents, and treasures that our students and families contribute to the fabric of our school community. We define diversity through the lens of gender, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic circumstances, and geography, as well as, life experiences, interests, and values.
  • Q. Do you accept transfer students?

    Currently, our school is at full enrollment. Our policy is to only consider transfer applicants if a seat becomes available in the rising 10th or 11th grade class. Due to our Technical Arts curriculum and graduation requirements, we do not enroll students into the 12th grade. For information on the transfer student application process, please contact the Admissions Office directly.

    For the 2014-2015 School Year, there will be no transfer students. 
  • Q. What is the tuition for the 2014–2015 academic year?

    Full Tuition for the 2014–2015 school year is $39,531, with Flexible Tuition ranging from $1,000 to $38,531. This includes books, lunch, and all course materials and supplies. First-year students pay an additional one-time facilities fee of $1,000.
  • Q. Is financial assistance available for students?

    Students and parents who are interested in our Flexible Tuition program should request an application. Information and all necessary forms are sent from the LWHS Admissions Office in December.
  • Q. What makes LWHS different from other independent schools in the Bay Area?

    LWHS celebrates all types of diversity within our school community and is nationally recognized as the only independent school in the nation that offers students a rigorous college preparatory curriculum and unparalleled courses in the Technical Arts. Also, because of the school's commitment to an inclusive community, we are able to give Flexible Tuition grants totaling $4 million to ensure that the LWHS experience is truly accessible to students and families from all walks of life.
  • Q. When will we be notified of the admissions decision?

    The admissions letters for the Class of 2019 will be mailed on March 12, 2015. Students who are offered enrollment will then have a week to make a decision about which high school they will attend.
  • Q. What happens if a student has been placed in the admissions waiting pool?

    If a student has been placed in the waiting pool, he/she has the opportunity to remain or to forfeit his/her spot. If a student chooses to remain in the waiting pool, he/she will be notified in late March or early April if a space becomes available. Typically at LWHS, we do not take many students from our waiting pool, so we encourage waitlisted students to consider other options, and to notify us if their wish is to remain in the waiting pool through the summer months.

Meet the Admissions Team

  • Lisa  Wu 

    Director of Enrollment
    Bio
  • Cristal   Ogletree 

    Assistant Director of Admissions, Operations
    Bio
  • Min  Yoo 

    Assistant Director of Admissions, Outreach
  • Andrew  Manansala 

    Admissions Associate

Directions

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Contact Us

You can reach us from 
8:00am-4:00pm
phone: 415.337.9990 
fax: 415.534.8777
email: admissions@lwhs.org



Lick-Wilmerding High School

755 Ocean Avenue | San Francisco, CA 94112 | 415.333.4021
A private school with public purpose, Lick-Wilmerding High School develops the head, heart, and hands of highly motivated students from all walks of life, inspiring them to become life-long learners who contribute to the world with confidence and compassion.