Academics & The Arts

Academics and the Arts 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 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.