Student Handbook

Community Norms and Expectations:  2021–22


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 the commitment of each community member to honor and practice the tenets of the mission, rooted in the principles of inclusion, empathy, integrity and respect for self and others.

Should individuals fall short of these ideals, there are varied systems of accountability in place intended to maintain the health, safety and integrity of the community, as well as to guide students in reflection and ways to effect repair and restore trust with the community. 

Please note LWHS reserves the right to make changes and modifications to this handbook, as necessary, throughout the school year. Community members will be alerted to such changes.

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 developmental 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 consultation.

  • 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.

  • 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, a dean, or the director of student inclusion. 
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 classes—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 responsibility for the impact of one's actions, even if the intent was otherwise.
  • Being attuned to and responsive to how words and language (whether voiced, repeated, sung) can be used to build and sustain a community or, as especially true in the use of racial or other identity slurs specifically the n-word--used to tear down a community.  
  • Seeking to be aware of, kind, and courteous to ALL community members.
  • Keeping the cafeteria, community spaces and general campus clean and accessible to all.
  • 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 to SPEAK UP when norms have been transgressed.


List of 7 items.

  • 1. Discrimination

    Lick-Wilmerding High School prohibits unlawful discrimination of any kind against its students. 
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  • 2. Harassment

    LWHS is committed to maintaining a harassment-free environment for all students and employees. As a school that values inclusion and a community built upon trust and honesty, interactions outside of school can affect a student's ability to feel safe and thrive at school.
    Students will refrain from all forms of harassment and harassing behavior, including racial, sexual, relational, physical and verbal harassment.
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  • 3. Sexual Assault

    Affirmative Consent to Engage in Sexual Activity
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  • 4. 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 any school events.
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  • 5. Violence and Weapons

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

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

    Students will respect the neighborhood, its residents, and their property.
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Academic and Disciplinary Probation

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  • 1. Student Support, Level 1

    Students who experience a sudden drop in grade(s), have significant outstanding work in one or more classes, or are struggling to thrive will be offered additional resources and support through the LWHS student support services team.
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  • 2. Student Support, Level 2

    When it becomes apparent, generally through quarterly report cards, that a student is struggling in many of their their classes, a more defined and long-term team support plan is enacted.
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  • 3. Academic Integrity Policies

    Academic integrity is the cornerstone of education; without it, no true teaching or learning can happen. It is expected that students will exhibit academic integrity in all their work.
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The guidelines that follow describe...

... the school’s processes with students who engage in conduct that violates the values and integrity of the LWHS mission. The core objective of the accountability protocols is to teach and assist students in a process of acknowledging harm, establishing repair with the community and personal growth. 

The school seeks to balance supporting students in being accountable in an instructive and equitable manner with the need to be responsive and responsible to the larger community. In addition, 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 consequences, including the authority to determine the appropriate accountability procedure to be utilized in each specific instance. Consequences may also be administered by agents of the Head of School including the Dean of Students, Grade Level Deans, or the Assistant Head of School.

The Rules

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  • 1. Accountability Process

    The guiding principles of accountability at LWHS are to uphold the integrity of the school, to show students the limits of acceptable behavior, and to provide them with a learning experience that can contribute to their growth as ethical adults. To this end, it is essential that culpable students acknowledge the transgression, work to repair the harm caused, and seek to restore trust with peers and the institution.
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  • 2. Disciplinary Warning

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  • 3. Disciplinary Review

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  • 4. Community Suspension

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  • 5. Dismissal

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For Your Information

List of 24 items.

  • 1. Absence and Tardy Policies

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

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  • 3. Homework Policy

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  • 4. Grades

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  • 5. Counseling Program

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  • 6. Learning Strategies Center

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  • 7. Public Purpose Program

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  • 8. Schedule and School Hours

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  • 9. Campus Stewardship

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  • 10. Dress Code

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  • 11. Open Campus

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  • 12. Outside Credit Policy

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  • 13. Policy on Student Leaves

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  • 14. Library

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  • 15. Food

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  • 16. Activities and Organizations

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  • 17. Visitors to School

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  • 18. Dance Rules

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  • 19. Safety and Emergency Protocols

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

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

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  • 22. Communications

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  • 23. Accidents and Insurance

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  • 24. 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.


Learn more about the Acceptable Use Policy and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) on the Technology page.

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.