List of 16 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?

    There are 139 students in the Class of 2022. Total school enrollment is 515.
  • 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, standardized test scores, 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 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.
  • 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 Which standardized tests are accepted with the application?

    LWHS accepts test scores from the SSAT and ISEE.
  • Q Are interviews required of students applying to LWHS?

    Interviews are required for every student who has submitted an application to LWHS. They will take place on January 12 and January 26, 2019 and 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. In 2017–18, we received nearly 950 applications for 139 seats 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?

    For the 2019–20 school year, we are accepting applications for rising 10th and 11th graders. Due to the Technical Arts curriculum and graduation requirements, we are not able to enroll students into the 12th grade. For more information about the 2018-2019 Transfer Application Process, please click here.
  • Q What is the tuition for the 2018–19 academic year?

    Full Tuition for the 2018–19 school year is $47,209, with Flexible Tuition ranging from $700 to $47,000. This includes books, lunch, all course materials and supplies. First year students pay an additional one time facilities fee of $1,000.
  • 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 over $5.5 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?

    The admissions letters for the Class of 2023 will be mailed on March 21, 2019 and emailed on March 22, 2019 after 4pm. 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

You can reach us from 
8:00am–4:00pm
phone: 415.337.9990 
fax: 415.534.8777
email: admissions@lwhs.org

Meet the Admissions Team

List of 5 members.




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.