Now That You're a Freshman...

Welcome to Lick-Wilmerding High School! The College Counseling team—Alayne Haggerty, Krista Klein, and Gabriela Ruiz de Mejia—sincerely hopes that student's four years here will be filled with inspiring experiences: learning, making lasting friendships, and finding the path through the LWHS curriculum and community that students will find meaningful and fulfilling.

Be assured that if students wholeheartedly embrace the opportunities that come their way, finding the right college fit will come naturally to them, and will probably be much easier than the high school application experience. Students will discover a great many options and a rich variety of colleges that will meet their aspirations.

Building a Foundation

Students will build a foundation in ninth grade, develop habits of “head, heart, and hands” that will, in great measure, contribute to and influence their success over the next four years. It may not happen overnight; students may find their academic stride as the year goes by. Students will use this first year at LWHS to explore the curriculum, to get to know themselves better as learners, to discover what most engages their interest and enthusiasm and sharpen the skills that will ensure a meaningful four years.

That’s a tall order, but students won’t need much help from the College Counseling Department to get off to a great start. Stay focused on the here and now—"life at Lick." It’s the best way for students to get the most from their high school years, and to become the most compelling college applicant they can be. College counselors will stay in touch, but from a respectful distance for the time being.

Again, welcome, and best wishes for a terrific high school journey!

Get Involved

Students who find within themselves the enthusiasm and commitment to do two things during high school—taking full advantage of what the school has to offer and, in turn, enriching the school and community with their talents and generosity—will find themselves not only prepared for college, but also recognized for their efforts and accomplishments. It seems much more effective, from our point of view, to “bloom where we are planted,” as the saying goes, than to go to exaggerated lengths to become “eligible” for college.



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.