Making the Future: Strategic Directions 2013–2018
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the entire community, I am pleased to present to you Making the Future: Strategic Directions 2013–2018, the culmination of sixteen months of data gathering, listening, and thought.

Entering its 121st year, Lick-Wilmerding High School looks to the future from a position of considerable strength. LWHS is proud of its:

  • Nationally recognized “Head, Heart, Hands” curriculum that integrates the liberal arts and sciences, technical arts, visual arts, and performing arts, delivered by talented faculty 
  • Vibrant community of learners that mirrors the Bay Area and broadens the perspectives of each community member 
  • Caring and inclusive school community that welcomes and values highly motivated students from all walks of life 
  • Endowment support that increases financial access to a LWHS education 
  • Urban campus, with its accessibility via public transportation and nationally recognized for its innovative design

These qualities attract a deep and diverse pool of students from all over the Bay Area, offering LWHS the opportunity to craft a community of learners that embodies and fulfills its mission.

Strategic planning enables LWHS to both identify new opportunities and nurture its current strengths. LWHS endeavors to raise up those characteristics that add power and resonance to the school while advancing the school’s mission to inspire students to become lifelong learners. This strategic plan builds upon what founding Head of School George Merrill called “Industrial Intelligence;” that is, the need to educate students so they fully understand the world and are active participants in making the world, not just letting the world impose itself upon them.

I look forward to partnering with each of you to see to fruition the bold goals outlined in the pages to follow. I am confident that together we can succeed in Making the Future of LWHS one marked by a concrete embodiment of our mission.

Eric Temple
Head of School


1. Advance teaching and learning with habits of mind. LWHS will implement school-wide habits of mind to cultivate in students the skills and habits to build lives of consequence and fulfillment. Using the common language of habits of mind, LWHS will also work to advance the school’s leadership in promoting integrated thinking and to envision the future of civic engagement.

2. Plan for a connected campus. LWHS will develop a long-range campus master plan to identify improvements that strengthen the connection of the campus to our educational goals.

3. Sustain a vibrant learning community. LWHS will examine its admission, Flexible Tuition, financial, and fundraising policies and practices to be sure the school continues to build a unique learning community while also ensuring that its investment in access is sustainable.

4. Foster success. LWHS will leverage the strengths of its diversity to enhance the success of each student and the community.

See the full booklet to learn more about the strategic plan.
LWHS' focus for the next five years is to build upon its strengths and refine its curriculum, pedagogy, and practices to continue offering students opportunities to develop the skills and habits needed to navigate an increasingly complex and dynamic world. As part of this process, LWHS must ensure that the facilities will support the school’s aspirations and that the financial investment needed to build its learning community is sustainable and beneficial.

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.