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.
#1 Catholic & #1 All-Girls School in Illinois
2020 National Blue Ribbon School
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.
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.
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.
Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart is pleased to share that we plan to open for in-person instruction for the fall semester. We are committed to the health and safety of our entire community as well as to providing a superior education that empowers girls to change the world.
On the heels of its recent designation as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2020 by the U. S. Department of Education, comes word that Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart has received another overall grade of A+ in the just-released Niche 2021 high school rankings. Once again, the Lake Forest school has gotten top marks when it comes to a faith-based education for young women. According to the 2021 rankings by Niche, an independent research company, Woodlands Academy repeats as the #1 Best All-girls High School in Illinois and the #1 Best Catholic High School in Illinois. This is the fourth year in a row that Woodlands has been ranked the #1 Best All-girls High School in Illinois based on factors such as SAT/ACT scores, student-teacher ratios and reviews from students and parents.
With a few changes due to COVID-19, the fall Sacred Heart awards were given to seven Woodlands Academy students and one faculty member Oct. 7 in recognition of living the Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria in a most visible way. Goal Three was chosen by the Woodlands Academy student government as the basis for these awards. Those recognized on Oct. 7 for their efforts in living out this goal were: freshmen Hailey Ross and Greer Talty, sophomores Karla Tapia and Magdelene Roemer, juniors Lani English and Gretchen Steele, senior Gabriella Flores, and science teacher Kristen Black.
Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart is among an elite group of 317 public and 50 private schools recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2020. This coveted award is based on a school's overall academic performance. "Congratulations to this year’s National Blue Ribbon School awardees,” DeVos said. “It’s a privilege to recognize the extraordinary work you do to meet students’ needs and prepare them for successful careers and meaningful lives.” Now in its 38th year, this U. S. Department of Education program seeks out and celebrates great American schools demonstrating that all students can achieve to high levels.
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Faith in self, in potential, in beliefs
Faith in each other, and in the power of understanding the world
A community of risk-takers, of profound thinkers, and of informed leaders.
A community of scholarship and of reciprocal respect, and of young women of the Sacred Heart
Courage to be brave, to be authentic, to speak up, to act, to leave an imprint for good
Courage to be global citizens empowered to change the world.