Welcome to LWHS

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

• 128 freshman from 65 middle schools

• 55% students-of-color

• 39% of LWHS families receive Flexible Tuition

• 75 teachers; 48 with MA degrees; 6 with PhDs

• Avg. class size: 17

• $75 million partnership with City College of San Francisco for use of athletic fields and facilities

LWHS in the News

  • A student's reflections on Ferguson

    LWHS Student Council Co-President Julian Holmes and Eva Paterson, President and Co-Founder of the Equal Justice Society, share reflections following the tragic shooting of Michael Brown.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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Admissions Updates

  • Online Application

    Online applications will be available in mid-September. Submitting an inquiry form, which you can find above, is the first step in learning more about LWHS.
  • Shadow Visits

    You can call or email us to schedule a shadow visit beginning August 28th. For more information about shadow visits click here.

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.