Connecting a student's head, heart, hands education to an inspired life beyond LWHS

Our Model

Our model of college counseling is intentionally designed to be an organic extension of a student’s overall education at LWHS. The college counseling team’s approach not only fits with the school mission statement, but also builds on its embodiment by students during their final years here:

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.

Please see an overview of the pre-college journey.


The Process

Every aspect of the process—from how students are assigned counselors, to when the formal in-depth work starts (January of junior year), to how college counselors get students to think about what they need and want in their college experience, to the way in which the teacher recommendation process is orchestrated, to the timing behind the essay-writing workshops, to the tenacity in reading draft after draft of application essays—is designed with the head, hearts, and hands of the school's highly ambitious students from many diverse backgrounds in mind.

While the college counseling team is always trying to balance the needs of many parties—students, parents, faculty, college admissions officers—it maintains a mostly student-centric perspective. The focus is on counseling, not “placement,” and thus the college counselors abide by the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s Principles of Good Practice in guiding our students and families, and in communicating with colleges.

The best applicants for college are those students who have most fully and authentically engaged in their high school experiences—academic, personal, and extra-curricular—rather than those who have been focused on “what colleges want” from the beginning. Students who approach the college process thoughtfully, rather than frantically, and see it as a mode of self-discovery rather than a game—as important as strategies might be at times—do best and remain happiest with their final options and decisions. LWHS college counselors encourage students to follow their lead in approaching the college research and application process with a sense of calm, mindfulness, and enthusiasm for the possibilities to come!

College Counseling Team

List of 4 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.