Students are encouraged to participate and take leadership roles in many diverse activities. Clubs and activities are open to all students, with the only requirements being interest and a willingness to devote energy to team effort.
The Advisory Program is intended to give each student the framework of a stable, small peer group and individualized support throughout her four years at Woodlands. All students are assigned to an advisory group consisting of approximately twelve members, and they remain with the same advisory and Advisor for their entire four years. The Advisor serves as a resource and support person to the students in the advisory, their parents and their teachers to assist in all areas of school life. Advisory groups meet each morning and afternoon in their homerooms for attendance and announcements. They also meet at other scheduled times during the year for special activities and outings.
Participation in student government provides opportunities for personal growth and the development of leadership skills. WACOR (Woodlands Academy Council of Representatives) consists of representatives from each advisory as well as a president, vice-president and secretary/treasurer. In addition, each class has class officers responsible for managing activities and events for their classmates.
Woodlands offers a variety of social events throughout the year for students. These include socials with students from other local schools as well as a Winter Formal and a Junior-Senior Prom.
Students also participate in many outings together with their advisory groups or entire classes. These include bowling parties, swimming get-togethers, ski trips, concerts and other events.
In addition, a number of mother/daughter and father/daughter events are held for students and their parents. These include a Mother-Daughter Christmas Tea as well as a Father-Daughter Dance. See the calendar for information on specific events.
Sacred Heart Exchange Program
The Sacred Heart Exchange Program has been in existence for more than twenty-five years. It enables Sacred Heart students from any of our schools in the United States and abroad to go to school in another location from their home and to experience different cultures, mentalities and geographical settings. More than 1,500 Upper School students from eighteen Sacred Heart schools in the United States, and some abroad, have been involved.
Students who seem to benefit most from the Exchange Program are those whose conduct is good, who have positive and open attitudes toward differences, who are self-motivated and who have maintained stable academic achievement. The Exchange Coordinator from each school, in tandem with the faculty and administration, reviews the applications and makes decisions about who should go based on the above criteria. Most schools limit the Exchange experience to an academic quarter or trimester; a few others will allow a full semester Exchange.
The wealth of experience provided by the Exchange Program is considered to far outweigh any of the difficulties presented. It is hoped that the experiential value will enrich the students and help them move with ease into a world which will be more and more a "global village" for these students we are educating for today's world.