Dear Prospective Student,

As a private school with a public purpose, Lick-Wilmerding strives to be an inclusive community where students develop qualities of the head, heart, and hands that will serve them well throughout their lives. LWHS' faculty and community encourage independence, self-exploration, cooperative learning, intellectual inquiry, and contribution to the world at large. We believe that diversity in its many forms adds to the richness of life at LWHS. Students with a variety of interests and abilities who demonstrate a passion for learning embrace the myriad of opportunities during their four years within the LWHS community.

We invite you to get to know LWHS and we most certainly, would love to get to know you. One of our hopes is that at the end of your high school admissions process, you will discover a new appreciation for yourself, your interests, and talents. On the following web pages, you will find information to make your application process to LWHS go as smoothly as possible. Selecting a high school can be quite daunting, yet exciting—so please don't hesitate to contact us with questions at your leisure.

May you have a wonderfully successful and enjoyable school year!

Kindest regards,
LWHS Admissions Team

LWHS at-a-Glance

  • Founded in 1895 
  • Campus spaces include: Technical Arts "shops", caféteria, full-court gymnasium with rock climbing wall, music studio, dance studio, photography studio with darkroom, 3 computer labs, 7,100 square foot library containing 30,000 titles and 180,000 digital titles
  • 139 9th graders from 71 middle schools, 529 total students from 138 middle schools
  • 56% students of color
  • More than 1 in 3 of LWHS families are enrolled through Flexible Tuition
  • 64 faculty members with an average of 18.6 years of teaching experience; 45 with Master's degrees; 6 with PhDs
  • Avg. class size: 16
  • $75 million partnership with City College of San Francisco for use of athletic fields and facilities
  • 77% of students participate in a sport
  • 57% of students participate in performing arts


Admissions Updates

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  • 2019-2020 Application Cycle

    The inquiry form is now live. The inquiry form is the first step in the application process. For more information about our timeline and event registration click here. 

    An email invitation for shadow visits between September 10 to October 18 will be sent to 8th grade families who have submitted an inquiry form by 10am on Wednesday, August 28. Click here for instructions on how to submit an inquiry form.




Lick-Wilmerding High School is committed to fostering and sustaining a 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.



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.