Academics & The Arts

Academics at Lick-Wilmerding High School are both rigorous and vigorous. They foster authentic engagement, love of learning, thoughtful inquiry and in-depth analysis, rather than adhering to outmoded approaches that rely on rote memorization and “inch-deep” coverage. LWHS' challenging and compelling academic program ensures students’ preparedness for college and for a fruitful lifetime of learning. The academic reputation of the school, based on high standards in a curriculum that is rich because it is not standardized, is highly regarded by colleges and universities, including those considered to be among the most highly selective.

Equity Pedagogy

  • Goals apply to all students, high expectations for all.
  • Less is more, depth over coverage.
  • Understanding that we each teach through our own particular view of the world, from a perspective we continually try to broaden.
  • Bringing transparency to expectations and communication.
  • Personalizing—honoring multiple intelligences, using culturally responsive pedagogy, and utilizing learning-style informed teaching practices.
  • Designing—differentiating instruction, cooperative learning, real world relevance, seeing strength in making connections between disciplines.
  • Assessing—valuing what is taught in the classroom, not privileging the advantages students bring, utilizing demonstrations of learning, performance based assessment, and continuous and varied methods of assessment.
  • Teaching toward self-directed learning with student-as-worker, teacher-as-coach.
  • Valuing non-discriminatory, inclusive teaching practices, challenging inequities within the class, within the school, within the world.
* Adapted from: The Coalition of Essential Schools Common Principles; Equity Pedagogy from the Lincoln School District, WV; and internal work at LWHS related to mission, measures of the mission, and faculty equity pedagogy meetings, 2009-2010

Graduation Requirements

Note: All students must carry a minimum of six credit courses (30 units) per semester. Independent Studies and Teaching Assistantships cannot be used to satisfy the six courses per semester rule. The maximum number of courses a student may carry per semester is seven except for freshmen who may carry eight if they take an elective in the Performing Arts.

BODY-MIND EDUCATION*

1 year BME 9th (credit)

ENGLISH 
  
4 years required

HISTORY & SOCIAL STUDIES
   
3 years required

MATHEMATICS
   
3 years required
(4 years recommended)   

SCIENCE 
  
3 years required:
9th (Biology)
10th (Chemistry)
(3 years lab science)

TECHNICAL ARTS

2 years required:
1 year 9th Design & Technology
2 semesters 10th or 11th electives

VISUAL ARTS 
  
1 yearlong UC-approved course:
9th Contemporary Media & Art fulfills this requirement

WORLD LANGUAGES
  
3 years of the same language
or 2 years each of 2 different languages
or completing the highest level offered (minimum of two years recommended) 

TOTAL CREDITS 
  
255 units
Plus successful completion of non-credit requirements:
ALL 9th THROUGH 11th GRADERS MUST SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE JELLIS BLOCK EVERY YEAR IN ORDER TO GRADUATE.  

*Formerly Physical Education and Health, Wellness, Fitness
**Courses subsumed by Contemporary Media and Body-Mind Education, respectively



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.