Student Handbook

Rules and expectations for 2019–20


Lick-Wilmerding High School community members arrive at Ocean Avenue from all parts of the Bay Area. We are home to a diverse group of students, teachers, staff and families, united by the vision and purpose of the school's mission.  This diversity is central to the power of the educational experience and our personal growth. Thus, LWHS relies on thecommitment of each community member to honor and practice the tenets of the mission, rooted in the principles of integrity, empathy, inclusion and respect for self and others. Should individuals fall short of these ideals, there is a system of rules and disciplinary protocols in place intended to maintain the health, safety and integrity of the community, as well as to guide students in reflection and ways to restore trust and belonging in our community. LWHS reserves the right to make changes and modifications to these guidelines as necessary throughout the year.

LWHS Parents and Guardians Are...

... integral members of the community, and it is their support and guidance that enables students to thrive in their high school years. However, this is also a time when students explore who they will be as adults: what inspires them, what passions they follow, and how choices and decisions shape their experiences. To this end, parents and guardians often struggle to know when to allow their student the space and independence to steer their own ship, and when to intervene in their school experience. Here are a few recommendations for navigating these exciting but also challenging years:
  • If there is a concern in a particular class, whether about homework, grades or progress, it is best that the STUDENT meet with the teacher first, as this is the primary relationship. If after this step it is determined that more support is needed, the student and family should reach out to the student's advisor OR grade-level dean for additional consult.
  • If there are concerns about multiple classes or that your student is not thriving academically overall, please reach out to the student's advisor and grade level dean, as this may indicate an issue beyond a singular class experience.
  • If there is a social-emotional issue with the student or family, or your student is not thriving outside of classes, it is best to reach out to the student's advisor who may then direct the family to the school counselors and grade level dean. 
Whenever possible, it is best to have the student included in all meetings and communications about their high school experience. However, we realize there may be occasions when families feel an "offline" conversation with a dean or counselor is needed before bringing the student into the communication.
In addition, it is also best to include teachers in all communications about their class—it rarely serves the student-teacher relationship well for parents to engage a dean or other administrator about a course or teacher without first discussing concerns with the faculty member. All deans and advisors will encourage this process of communication should issues arise.
If ever you are unsure how to proceed in support of your student, it is always best practice to begin in consultation with your student and their advisor to determine next steps.

One of the most important...

... experiences for LWHS students is learning how to live and thrive in a diverse community. Central to this lesson is to cultivate an attitude of respect towards the self, others and the school environment. This includes such behaviors as:
  • Acknowledging and assuming responsibilty for the impact of one's actions, even if the intent was otherwise.
  • Being attuned to and responsive to how language can either build and sustain community, or be used to tear down/create harm in community.
  • Seeking to be aware of, kind, and courteous to fellow community members.
  • Keeping the cafeteria and campus clean.
  • Being mindful of the personal safety of self and others
Students are expected to follow school policies and honor the reasonable directions of faculty and staff at all times. Students are also expected to encourage their peers to practice our community norms and policies, and speak up when these norms have been transgressed.

The guidelines that follow describe...

... the types of conduct subject to discipline and the school’s treatment of students who engage in such conduct. A goal of the disciplinary process at LWHS is to teach and assist students in personal growth and responsibility. The Dean of Students investigates each accusation through:
  • Interviews with all parties
  • A thorough examination of all pertaining evidence
  • Consultation with teachers, advisors, and other administrators
  • Presents the case and recommendations to the Head of School
While it is the school’s desire to administer its disciplinary system in an instructive and fair manner, public education standards of due process and fair hearing are not applicable. The Head of School, at their sole discretion, has full authority to administer discipline, including the authority to determine the appropriate disciplinary procedure to be utilized in each specific instance. Punishment may also be administered by agents of the Head of School including the Dean of Students, Grade Level Deans, or Assistant Head of School.

Academic and Disciplinary Probation

List of 7 items.

  • 1. Academic Probation

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  • 2. Academic At Risk

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  • 3. Disciplinary Process

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  • 4. Disciplinary Warning

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  • 5. Disciplinary Probation

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  • 6. Suspension

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  • 7. Dismissal

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"The Rules"

List of 11 items.

  • For the purposes of all rules

    “During school” refers to the entire day from the early morning until the student has gone home for the day. It also includes attendance at, and travel to and from any school events such as advising trips, class trips, trips abroad, retreats, school dances, athletic events, and community service or club activities.
  • 1. Absence and Tardy Policies

    Students will demonstrate consistent and punctual attendance at all classes and required school events.
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  • 2. Academic Integrity

    Students will exhibit academic integrity in all their work.
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  • 3. Discrimination

    Lick-Wilmerding High School prohibits unlawful discrimination of any kind against its students. If a student feels that a teacher, administrator, fellow student, or anyone else in the LWHS community has discriminated against the student for any reason, the student should promptly report the matter to the Deans of Students.  If the stduent is not comfortable discussing the matter with a dean, they should reach out to another trusted adult in the community.  Even if the student is uncertain whether the specific conduct is actually prohibited, the student should still report the concern to a school administrator or adult.  The school will investigate any matter reported and will take appropriate corrective action. If the student is not comfortable speaking with or is not satisfied with the action taken by the investigative committee or would prefer,  the student is encouraged to speak directly with the Head of School and/or the President of the school’s Board of Trustees.
  • 4. Harassment

    Students will refrain from all forms of harassment, including physical, verbal, relational and sexual harassment.
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  • 5. Sexual Assault

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  • 6. Illegal Substances

    Students will not sell, distribute, possess, use (including vaping) or be under the influence of illegal drugs or alcoholic beverages during school hours or at school events.
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  • 7. Weapons

    Students will not possess guns, knives, or any other weapons during school or at school events.
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  • 8. Violence

    Students will not use violence or exhibit violent behavior, verbal or physical, at school or during school events.
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  • 9. Theft and Vandalism

    Students will respect the property of individuals on and off the school campus.
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  • 10. Surrounding Neighborhood

    Students will respect the neighborhood, its residents, and their property.
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For Your Information

List of 23 items.

  • 1. Advising

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  • 2. Schedule and School Hours

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  • 3. Homework Policy

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  • 4. Grades

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  • 5. Outside Credit Policy

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  • 6. Learning Strategies Center Policy

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  • 7. Counseling Program

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  • 8. Policy on Student Leaves

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  • 9. Public Purpose Program

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  • 10. Library

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  • 11. Food

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  • 12. Distribution of Books, BART tickets, and MUNI passes

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  • 13. Activities and Organizations

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  • 14. Open Campus

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  • 15. Safety and Emergency Protocols

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  • 16. Driving, Parking, and Commuting to and from School

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  • 17. Hall Culture and Lockers

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  • 18. Visitors to School

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  • 19. Dance Rules

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  • 20. Dress Code

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  • 21. Communications

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  • 22. Accidents and Insurance

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  • 23. Medications

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Emergency Plans

Learn more about safety procedures in the event of an emergency.

Social Media

Learn more about the guidelines for the LWHS community.


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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.