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

LWHS in the News


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!
  • 2014-2015 Admissions Season

    Please check back in mid-August to begin the admissions process for the 2015-2016 school year.
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Welcome to LWHS

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.