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Lick-Wilmerding High School

School rating 4 / 5 by

755 Ocean Avenue San Francisco CA 94112 United States
9th to 12th


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The academic environment at Lick is rigorous and well-rounded. There is a specialization on head, hearts and hands meaning great programs in the humanities and in science in addition to a strong focus on community service and the technical, visual and performing arts. The skills acquired from immersing oneself in such diverse subjects is great; these skills include critical thinking and persistence to tackle the multifaceted challenges faced in college. The teaching environment was extremely conducive to learning. Teachers were accessible and frequently met with students to help them with challenges or go over content in greater depth. The culture at Lick also helped contribute to a positive learning environment; although every student has high standards, most do not have competitive mentalities. Students frequently help each other finish problem sets or refine essays.

College Counseling

I had a extremely positive experience with the college counseling process at Lick. I had....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university...
  • For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more...

Admissions - Getting Accepted

The admissions process at Lick is holistic and is largely based upon potential in high....

Sample insights on admissions

  • For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents: the kids speak on the tour. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

The student community is very liberal, but also tolerant of multiple backgrounds and perspectives. It is extremely diverse, with students having a multitude of racial, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds. Peer groups and social hierarchies are not based upon class; students integrate and bond across demographic barriers. The school has a strong counseling and support system. There is not much bullying or hazing....

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