Application Process

Our Admission Staff wants to learn about you as an individual. We'll ask questions that allow us to get to know what you dream about, what goals you've set, and who you want to become. We'll also ask your teachers and other people who know you well for recommendations.

Applying to Woodlands

Applicants for 9th Grade

  1. Submit the Standard Application Online (SAO). The preferred application deadline is January 10, and priority will be given to applicants who apply by this date. Qualified applicants will continue to be accepted if space is available.
  2. Submit your Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) scores and the Character Skills Snapshot results. The Woodlands Academy code is 8273.
  3. For day students, a shadow morning visit is required. Please contact the Office of Admission & Financial Aid at 847-234-4300 x 250 to schedule a visit or visit our Shadow Day Page to RSVP online.

Transfer Applicants

  1. Submit the Standard Application Online (SAO). The preferred application deadline is January 10, and priority will be given to applicants who apply by this date. Qualified applicants will continue to be accepted after January 10, if space is available.
  2. Transfer students are not required to take the SSAT, however you will have to register for the Character Skills Snapshot and submit your results. The Woodlands Academy code is 8273.
  3. For day students, a shadow morning visit is required. Please contact the Office of Admission & Financial Aid at 847-234-4300 x 250 to schedule a visit or visit our Shadow Day Page to RSVP online.

International Applicants

  1. Submit the Standard Application Online (SAO). The preferred application deadline is January 10, and priority will be given to applicants who apply by this date. Qualified applicants will continue to be accepted after January 10, if space is available.
  2. Submit your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score. The Woodlands Academy code is 7375.
  3. Submit your Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT). The Woodlands Academy code is 8273. This is optional for international students.
  4. Schedule an on-campus or Skype interview with a member of the Office of Admission.

Applicants to our Learning Program must submit your most recent psychoeducational testing and any IEP/CIEP from your current school along with your application. This can be done by emailing the Office of Admission directly.

SSAT & Character Skills Snapshot

The SSAT

The Secondary School Admission Test, or SSAT, is an admission test administered by The Enrollment Management Association in the United States to students in grades 3–11. It provides a standardized measure that helps our team make a decision regarding student admission, but is only part of the equation.

The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) is required for all domestic applicants to the 9th Grade. The SSAT is not required for transfer students applying for the 10th or 11th grades.

When you register for the SSAT, please request that your scores be reported directly to Woodlands Academy. Our school code is 8273. Students are encouraged to take the SSAT in October, November, December or January.

The Character Skills Snapshot

The Character Skills Snapshot is a tool that will give the Admission team a richer and more holistic understanding of a student's strengths and illuminates areas where Woodlands Academy can help your daughter grow and thrive.

All applicants to Woodlands are required to take the Character Skills Snapshot. For students who have signed up for the SSAT, there is no charge to take The Snapshot. Once you register for an SSAT, you will have access to The Snapshot. Transfer applicants applying to the 10th or 11th grades will have to register for The Character Skills Snapshot individually.


We Use the Character Skills Snapshot

Admission Decision

Woodlands Academy welcomes qualified students of any race, religion, color, nationality or ethnic background to all rights, privileges, programs and activities of the institution. The school does not discriminate on these bases in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship programs, athletics, and other school-administered programs.