Lick-Wilmerding High School students
arrive at Ocean Avenue from all parts of the Bay Area. It is home to a diverse group of students, teachers, and staff united to fulfill a unique mission. LWHS relies on the willingness of each community member to follow and honor standards of behavior based on the principles of integrity, responsibility, kindness, and respect for self and others. Should individuals fall short of these ideals, there is a system of rules and disciplinary procedures intended to maintain the health, safety and integrity of the community. LWHS reserves the right to make changes and modifications to these guidelines as necessary throughout the year.
Lick-Wilmerding High School parents and guardians are integral members of the community and it is their support and guidance that enables our students to thrive in their high schools years. However, this is also a time when our students are exploring 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 for additional consult, which may also involve the grade-level dean.
- 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 our 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:
- Keeping the halls and tops of lockers free and clear
- Keeping the cafeteria and campus clean
- Refraining from graffiti or other forms of vandalism
- Avoiding loud noise and other disruptive behaviors
- Being mindful of personal safety of self and others
- Avoiding offensive language and images on lockers and clothing
- Refraining from excessive displays of affection in public.
Students are expected to follow school policies and comply with the reasonable directions of faculty and staff at all times. Students are also expected to avoid situations in which others break laws, as well as encourage their peers to practice both school and community norms and policies. 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 of 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.