LWHS’ rigorous head, heart, and hands curriculum equips students with the skills, habits of mind, and commitment to build lives of excellence and meaning.
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.
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.
1 year BME 9th (credit)
4 years required
HISTORY & SOCIAL STUDIES
3 years required
3 years required
(4 years recommended)
3 years required:
(3 years lab science)
2 years required:
1 year 9th Design & Technology
2 semesters 10th or 11th electives
1 yearlong UC-approved course:
9th Contemporary Media & Art fulfills this requirement
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)
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