School Details

Lick-Wilmerding High School

755 Ocean Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112
(415) 333-4021

(out of 10)

Private Grades 9-12 461 students 9 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

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About this school

Lick-Wilmerding High School is a private high school in San Francisco. The principal of Lick-Wilmerding High School is Mr. Eric Temple, whose e-mail is 461 students attend Lick-Wilmerding High School and identify mostly as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. The ratio of students to teachers at Lick-Wilmerding High School is 9:1. Leadership High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 7% %
Black, non-Hispanic 6% %
White, non-Hispanic 51% %
Asian 24% %
Multiracial 19% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 17% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 years ago)

    I have two kids that have gone through Lick. They got a first class education an in-depth sense of self a deep awareness of their environment and the diversity that exists around them. The teachers are there to be leaned on. Their lives revolve around their students so the deeper the student is willing to delve the more available the teacher becomes. The few negative aspects are readily forgiven when one evaluates the whole picture. It is expensive but is worth every penny and more. The food is great as well!

  • (5 years ago)

    LWHS couldn't do a better job of preparing young people for college. From the academic curriculum to the shops to the personalized college counseling it is all there. The best part is the attentive teacher/student ratio and the outstanding leadership of Al Adams the headmaster. It's tough to get into and the top students still must be prepared for at least 4 hours of homework per day. My only problem is the rich kids' environment and attitude of entitlement that many of the students seem to possess. I'm not sure that the school can do any more than they already do to change that. They have generous financial aid and actively recruit a diverse student body.

  • (6 years ago)

    Lick is a great school. The head master is a visionary yet a concerned and compassionate leader. The shops are great along with classes such as architecture which most high schools may not have. My one complaint the English department is very weak! Few good teachers and an especially lousy curriculum freshman and sophomore years.

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm a student at Lick. When I first applied I thought it was great - the shops the teachers who made sure u learned everything down to detail the jerk free enviroment. Now I am currently a sophomore at Lick. What I've experienced differs far from the glammering brochures and open houses. The school no matter a students'dirverse' background carries the same monotone

  • (9 years ago)

    'Community' is what Lick is all about. From parent involvement in school committees fundraisers sports games and banquests to student involvement within the school and each other Lick is focused on being inclusive and accessable. As a student I really cherish the chance to meet so many different people. Also unique about Lick is the 'hands on' motto...a mottos which manifests itself in the technical arts shops. Within the Lick campus are 5 techinal arts shops metal wood jewelry glass electronics and photo. As a student we're able to take classes in any or all of these shops and have a blast doing it. We've been able to create tables chairs cabinets necklaces rings working robots glass beads mosaics stained glass windows glass dishware and so many other things. Students hear are taught to design and think on their own...creating whatever they can imagine.

  • (9 years ago)

    The quality of Lick's academic programs depends in large part on the faculty member teaching the class. Some classes are well organized and structured to maximize a student's learning experience while others are chaotic and too difficult to decipher. Lick offers extraordinary opportunities in the technical arts and arts area. What other schools offers student the opportunity to learn to weld work with glass wood electronics make jewelry and take various photography and art classes. Entitlement at the student and parent level sometimes makes the atmosphere at community events oppressive but a parent couldn't ask for a better school for their child.

  • (9 years ago)

    Lick offers a unique educational opportunity to those who are fortunate enough to be accepted into their program. As a graduate I feel that Lick played a significant role in my being prepared for college and grad school life. Students are exposed to a variety of educational opportunities that broaden their scope of learning as well as interests. I especially appreciated the shop and fine arts classes. For some the curriculum may be too overwhelming but I believe that it can teach good time management skills.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is very challenging but very worth it because we have an amazing campus and great opportunities in our shops that no other schools really offer.

  • (10 years ago)

    With top-level academic programs teachers and extracurricular options LWHS is worth every cent and has a long-standing tradition of providing financial aid to a large % of its students. I graduated in '99 and in the past five years Lick has improved its programs and services even more. It is very selective and I believe they still require a pre-admission test for all applicants. Still if your child is a dedicated intelligent student looking for a solid foundation for college there is no place better than Lick in the Bay Area.

  • (11 years ago)

    L-W is an excellent private independent school with a real sense of values and mission. It lives up to it's mission of head heart and hands as well as a committment to diversity in its student body. High standards are mainained in a nurturing environment. The opportunities in the arts and technical arts are extraordinry for a high powered academic school.

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