Welcome to LWHS

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 Lick." 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 Lick” 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, 30,000 volume library
  • 128 9th graders from 68 middle schools, 490 total students from 132 middle schools 
  • 59% students-of-color 
  • 38% of LWHS families receive Flexible Tuition
  • 75 faculty and administrators; 49 with Master's degrees; 8 with PhDs
  • Avg. class size: 15
  • $75 million partnership with City College of San Francisco for use of athletic fields and facilities
  • 70% of students participate in a sport
  • 20 students sent to international service trips, 34 sent to national conferences
  • Class of 2016 will attend 75 different colleges


Admissions Updates

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  • 10th and 11th Grade Transfer Applicants

    For students interested in transferring into the 10th or 11th grade for the 2017-2018 school year, please submit an inquiry form and contact the Admissions office directly at admissions@lwhs.org or 415.337.9990.
  • 2016-2017 Admissions Cycle

    This year's applicant pool for Lick-Wilmerding's Class of 2021 was one of the largest and strongest in the school's history. At this time, the Class of 2021 is fully enrolled. We are extremely disappointed that we are not able to offer enrollment to the many wonderful and deserving students in the Waiting Pool. Our admission process is now closed, and we will not be maintaining a waiting pool through the summer months.

    Many thanks for your interest in LWHS!

LWHS in the News

List of 3 news stories.


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, 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, employment, 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.