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

• 57% 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

Admissions Updates

List of 3 news stories.

  • Waiting Pool Status

    At this time, the class of 2019 is fully enrolled. The waiting pool is now closed, and we will not be maintaining a waiting pool throughout the late spring or summer.
  • Transfer Students

    We are fully enrolled and will not be taking transfer applications for any grades in the 2015-2016 school year.
  • Class of 2020 Admissions Process

    Details for rising 8th graders and families regarding the 2015-2016 admissions season will be available in mid-August.



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.