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List of 15 frequently asked questions.

  • Q What does Lick-Wilmerding High School look for in a student?

    We look for students who are active and dedicated learners, intellectually curious, and will thrive in a community that celebrates multiple perspectives and varied interests. LWHS students have a well-deserved reputation for being very friendly, altruistic, compassionate, and willing to try new things.
  • Q How many students are enrolled in the 9th grade?

    Each year, LWHS endeavors to enroll roughly 140 students to the 9th grade. Total school enrollment is 550 students.
  • Q What is the basis for selection from all the applications you receive?

    The Admissions Committee takes into consideration every aspect of the student application including the personal essays, transcript, teacher recommendations, the student interview, and each applicant's affinity for the LWHS mission and educational philosophy. The Committee is charged with crafting a 9th grade class that is balanced in all forms of diversity, including gender, socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, geographic, and co-curricular interest.

    Lick-Wilmerding High School is committed to fostering and sustaining a vibrant learning community and does not discriminate based on race, color, ancestry, national/ethnic origin, citizenship status, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. LWHS applies all legal non-discrimination standards in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, financial aid, and in all school programs and activities.
  • Q Who makes up the Admissions Committee?

    The Admissions Committee consists of faculty, school administrators, and members of the Admissions team who read, discuss, and consider the viability of all prospective students.
  • Q Are interviews required of students applying to LWHS?

    Interviews are required for every student who has submitted an application to LWHS. They will be conducted by a member of the Admissions Committee. The interview is a conversation in which students have the opportunity to share about themselves, in terms of passions, educational goals, interests, and the type of high school experience they seek for the next four years.
  • Q What are my chances of getting an offer of enrollment?

    Admission to LWHS is very competitive. For the last five years, we have received 850-950 applicants for approximately 140 spots in the incoming 9th grade class.
  • Q Are sibling and legacy applicants given priority in admissions?

    While we absolutely appreciate and value the sense of "family" that sibling and legacy applicants bring to the LWHS community, we cannot guarantee admission based on these associations alone. These prospective students must also demonstrate academic, leadership, interpersonal qualities and potential that will serve them well during their educational journey at LWHS.
  • Q Are campus shadow visits and Open House attendance required of students who plan to apply to LWHS?

    Participation in our Campus Visit and Open House programs are optional. The campus shadow visit gives students a chance to experience a typical LWHS school day. 8th graders visit one class, go on a campus tour with an LWHS student host, and attend an information session led by a member of the Admissions team. Open House events invite parents/guardians and students to learn more about the LWHS curriculum, educational philosophy, and mission. Campus tours and academic presentations are given, and attendees have the opportunity to speak with faculty, current students and parents/guardians.

    Please note that the campus visit program and Open House events are for 8th grade students and their parents/guardians only.
  • Q How do you define diversity at LWHS?

    At LWHS, we acknowledge and celebrate the uniqueness of all Bay Area families. We value the multiple perspectives, talents, and treasures that our students and families contribute to the fabric of the school community. We define diversity through the lens of gender, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic circumstances, and geography, as well as, life experiences, interests, and values.
  • Q Do you accept transfer students?

    LWHS is accepting applications for rising 10th and 11th graders. Acceptance is dependent on attrition of the student body. Due to the Technical Arts curriculum and graduation requirements, we are not able to enroll students into the 12th grade. Please email for more information about the transfer process.
  • Q What is the tuition for the 2021–22 academic year?

    Full Tuition for this school year is $52,700, and first-year students pay an additional one-time facilities fee of $1,000. Flexible Tuition ranges from $700 to $46,200. Learn more about Flexible Tuition here. Tuition includes books, lunch, all course materials, and supplies.
  • Q Is financial assistance available for students?

    Students and parents who are interested in Flexible Tuition should request information about the program. The LWHS Admissions Office will email additional information about the application process to all interested families in December.
  • Q What makes LWHS different from other independent schools in the Bay Area?

    LWHS celebrates all types of diversity within our school community and is nationally recognized as the only independent school in the nation that offers students a rigorous college preparatory curriculum and unparalleled courses in the Technical Arts. Also, because of the school's commitment to an inclusive community, we are able to give Flexible Tuition grants totaling nearly $7 million to ensure that the LWHS experience is truly accessible to students and families from all walks of life.
  • Q When will we be notified of the admissions decision?

    Admissions decisions will be mailed in mid-March. Students who are offered enrollment will then have a week to make a decision about which high school they will attend.
  • Q What happens if a student has been placed in the admissions waiting pool?

    If a student has been placed in the waiting pool, they have the opportunity to remain or forfeit their spot. If a student chooses to remain in the waiting pool, they will be notified in late March or early April if a space becomes available. Typically at LWHS, we do not take many students from the waiting pool, so we encourage waitlisted students to consider other options, and to notify us if their wish is to remain in the waiting pool through the summer months.

Contact Us

If you have a question about
admissions at LWHS, please email and we will
connect you with the right team
member. We look forward to supporting
you throughout the admissions process!

phone: 415.337.9990 
fax: 415.534.8777

Meet the Admissions Team

List of 5 members.

  • Photo of Davion Fleming

    Davion Fleming 

    Director of Admissions
  • Photo of Deja' N. Haley

    Deja' N. Haley 

    Admissions Associate
  • Photo of Gaby Perez

    Gaby Perez 

    Admissions Associate
  • Photo of Andrew Manansala

    Andrew Manansala 09

    Associate Director of Admissions — Outreach and Engagement
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  • Photo of Elizabeth Tackett

    Elizabeth Tackett 08

    Associate Director of Admissions — Operations & Flexible Tuition
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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.