#1 Catholic School in Illinois

#1 All-Girls School in Illinois

2020 National Blue Ribbon School


From athletics to robotics, mathematics to music, a Woodlands education is as much about what goes on outside the classroom as within it. Our programs encourage each student to try something new and compete to the highest of her ability.

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Girls are front and center in our classrooms and our teachers can teach in the ways that girls learn best. Each student at Woodlands develops meaningful relationships with adults and is encouraged to take an active role in her learning.

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Woodlands Academy’s curriculum encourages girls to explore their talents, broaden their horizons, and learn what it means to be a global citizen. Our Center for Global Studies is an integral part of that.

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Every day our students are surrounded with powerful examples of young women taking charge and making a difference in their world. And it starts from day one.

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Woodlands News

Class of 2024 Global Scholars

Woodlands students with a demonstrated interest in global issues and affairs may apply to the Global Scholar program, committing to rigorous coursework, language study, participation in service to a global community, and extracurricular activities.

This year, five members of the Woodlands Class of 2024 completed the requirements to be named a Global Scholar. Click through to learn more about each student's Global Scholar project.

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Woodlands Academy holds 2024 graduation ceremony

Members of Woodlands Academy’s Class of 2024 received their diplomas during the 165th Commencement Exercises held June 5 in the school’s chapel.  Aanya Sahu was selected by classmates to address the assembly on behalf of the graduating class, while Jeremy Sands, who teaches history and science classes, was chosen by students to be the ceremony’s faculty speaker.

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Woodlands Academy honors 2023-24 achievements

Many Woodlands Academy students – and one of their teachers – were recognized for achievements this school year during the Prize Day honors and awards ceremony on June 4. Highlights included presentation of the 2023-24 Woodlands Award to Aanya Sahu (pictured). The Frances de la Chapelle Excellence in Teaching Award went to social studies teacher Maureen Shinnick.  

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New Sacred Heart alumnae associations’ members inducted

Members of the Class of 2024 have received a Passport symbolizing their admission into three Sacred Heart alumnae associations, including the Woodlands Academy Alumnae Association (WAAA). Seniors (pictured from left) Karishma Bhatara, Campbell Eggers and Gisella Rendina were chosen by their classmates to serve as the Class of 2024's WAAA liaisons. 

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    Building community

    A community of risk-takers, of profound thinkers, and of informed leaders.
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