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

• 59% students-of-color

• 38% of LWHS families receive Flexible Tuition

• 70 faculty and administrators; 46 with Master's degrees; 7 with PhDs

• Avg. class size: 17

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

Admissions Updates

List of 3 news stories.

  • Class of 2020 Application Status

    Due to the high volume of application materials we are processing, please allow up to 48 hours for your online account to reflect all forms and information that have been received. We will update online notifications twice each business day. Applicant families will be notified of any missing materials by Monday, January 25. We appreciate your patience with our process, and thank you for applying to Lick-Wilmerding High School!
  • Application Materials and Deadline

    Please note that applications are due this Thursday, January 14th, by 3:00 PM. Due to the high volume of materials we are receiving, it may take up to 48 hours for your action items page to be updated. 
  • Campus "Shadow" Visit Scheduling Has Closed

    If you apply and are offered admission, but were not able to participate in a campus visit, you will have the opportunity to visit LWHS for a half-day in March before making your enrollment decision.

LWHS in the News

List of 3 news stories.


Lick-Wilmerding High School is committed to fostering and sustaining a learning community and does not discriminate based on race, color, ancestry, national/ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. LWHS applies all legal non-discrimination standards in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, financial aid, employment, and in all school programs and activities.

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 lifelong learners who contribute to the world with confidence and compassion.