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, 7,100 square foot library containing 30,000 titles and 180,000 digital titles
  • 139 9th graders from 73 middle schools, 515 total students from 131 middle schools
  • 57% students-of-color
  • More than 1 in 3 of LWHS families are enrolled through Flexible Tuition
  • 75 faculty and administrators; 50 with Master's degrees; 7 with PhDs
  • Avg. class size: 16
  • $75 million partnership with City College of San Francisco for use of athletic fields and facilities
  • 75% of students participate in a sport
  • 55% of student participate in performing arts


LWHS Life

Admissions Updates

List of 2 news stories.

  • Open Houses

    Our Open House events are at capacity. The waitlist request form is available to anyone who has submitted an inquiry form. 
  • Shadow Visits

    Visits and the waiting list for visits through Friday, November 2 are at capacity. The request form for visits starting November 6 will be emailed on October 22 between 7:00pm to 7:30pm to all families who have submitted an inquiry form. For more information about shadow visits, please click here.




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.