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Engage in an Education for Life

Living Wisdom High School provides students with a true education for life, uniquely structured around a balanced approach to each student's growth and development. It offers personalized learning experiences designed to help students achieve academic excellence, build meaningful connections with others, and prepare for the challenges of  life through creativity, service to others, dynamic adventure, and self-discovery.

See how LWHS prepares you for the future

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Rolling Admissions Now Open for 2023/24

Learn what it's like to be a part of the Living Wisdom learning community and the benefits of a micro high school where our students thrive in our unique approach to education in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Private consultations are available to explore whether Living Wisdom High School is a good fit for your teen, ask questions about the program, and begin the application process.


& our EDUCATION FOR LIFE Philosophy 

This book reveals evidence from brain science, elite universities, top-tier companies, and our students’ own grades and school experiences that confirms the value of a balanced education that nurtures children’s hearts and minds. 

- Read the chapters here. 

- Download a complimentary PDF of the book

- Purchase a digital and paperback version on Amazon - we appreciate your support!

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Attend an Open House & Discover the Strengths of a 

Micro High School Experience

Join us for an open house to hear what it is like to be a part of the Living Wisdom learning community.

Meet our director, faculty, students, and parents! 

You may also schedule a consultation to explore whether Living Wisdom High School is a good fit for your teen, ask questions about the program, and begin the application process.

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LWHS is Fully Accredited Through WASC

It is with joy that we announce Living Wisdom High School's full accreditation through the Accrediting Commission of Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)! This accreditation cycle extends through June of 2028 and is a testament to the quality, depth, and richness of the micro high school program manifesting through Living Wisdom. 

To learn more about the accreditation process through WASC, visit their website or contact  them directly. 

Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges

533 Airport Blvd., Suite 200Burlingame, Ca

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Rolling Admissions Available for Grades 9-12

Spaces available for incoming 9th and 10th graders and transfer students. Choose a deep learning experience that is grounded in access to mastery learning, self-discovery, personal mentorship, and collaboration within a supportive community. 

Inquire today to schedule an individual consultation with our director to explore if Living Wisdom is a fit for your teen. You may also learn more about LWHS by viewing a past open house recording


Enhancing Academics by Developing the Whole Child 

In high school, intellectual training is essential. It is difficult in our culture to succeed without it. But studies show that success and happiness depend to a great extent also, on human skills such as knowing how to get along with others, how to persevere, how to focus our attention, how to cooperate, and how to be a good friend.

For more than forty years, we have found that students who are taught how to be balanced are far more likely to achieve academic success.

The philosophy of Living Wisdom School, helps students achieve academic and personal success through a balanced development of body, feelings, and will as well as the mind. Mainstream education, with its heavy emphasis on test scores, focuses on training just one of these tools – the intellect – at the expense of the others.

Here are some of the activities that Living Wisdom High School incorporates into its program to develop the whole person, as well as the mind...

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Life at Living Wisdom


Many parents and students that we've worked with may have had similar questions to yours. We're sure you'll find, as they did, that Living Wisdom High School creates an exceptional learning environment and prepares students for a full life. 

A Place for Change Makers

Teenagers are among the most dynamic, idealistic, and driven members of our society. Supporting them to take charge of their learning and become positive change makers in their lives and community is what we are here to do. 

“I came to this school because I saw things that were inspirational and because the people here are very bright and very happy… I built relationships that I will carry for my whole life.” - I.H., alumna and current student at UCSD

"I am a senior now at UC Davis, graduating with honors this June in Genetics and minoring in French… I certainly attribute my love of learning and confidence in myself towards my foundation in Living Wisdom. I was also taught that, as people, we really do have the autonomy to choose our own happiness, and I try to remind myself of this every day.” - H.S., alumna


Student Testimonials

Hear directly from students about what it's like to be part of the Living Wisdom learning community. Emma, a junior at LWHS, shares about her first impressions of the school, her experience with the academics, and her thoughts on the daily practice of yoga and meditation. She admits that she was skeptical at first about a "school of happiness", but a year later, she exclaims that "it actually works!". A highlight of Emma's time at LWHS has been her personal passions project, which has focused on neuroscience, psychology, and medicine. Through this project, Emma interviewed and shadowed a Stanford neurosurgeon and professor, and recently did a 2-month internship at the VA hospital in Palo Alto. She is thrilled to be following her passions and learning exactly what she wants to learn! 

Hear Emma's Story

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Students & Parents Say

“As a 2016 graduate of a Living Wisdom High School, I am eternally grateful for the gifts and opportunities I received. I was given the support and freedom to pursue my interests, travel the world, and truly engage with my learning. The small class sizes created a safe space to dive deep into everything and ended up being a second family for me. My teachers were the best role models I could have asked for and supported me not only academically but in my own personal growth and goals. 

Living with high ideals and with love and dedication to their students, the teachers are the gold in the Living Wisdom School system. I now work at Living Wisdom High School of Palo Alto, and I sincerely recommend it as a transformative and joy-filled experience that will set an incredible foundation for the rest of life.”

-Shanti Pollacek, alumna and LWHS staff member

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