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 All-Girls and Catholic 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’s participation in this year’s Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ (ICTM) competition added up to multiple successes at two levels. Overall, MathCats team members from the all-girls college-preparatory high school in Lake Forest finished third in their Division 1A regional competition and then in eighth place at the state level. “I’m so proud of our MathCats for their achievements in the regional and state competitions,” Head of School Dawn Nichols, Ph.D., said. “They confirm Woodlands Academy’s commitment to teaching and leading our outstanding girls along the way to becoming empowered young women in career fields such as STEM.”
May 2 was a day of double celebrations at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart. It began with the annual May Crowning ceremony, followed by a special event for members of the senior class. May Crowning honors Mary, Mother of Jesus, by crowning her statue with a wreath of flowers. It serves as a visible reminder that Mary’s example continues to endure even 2,000 years after her Assumption. Participants expressed gratitude to Mary for her example of a life well-lived and honored her as a woman of great virtue. “She is a model of faith for all of us, senior Isabel Rettino said. Immediately following the May Crowning service, members of the senior class were inducted into the Woodlands Academy Alumnae Association and two other Sacred Heart alumnae/alumni associations. The induction ceremony ended with each member of the Class of 2022 turning the ring she received during her junior year so that the heart faces outward symbolizing a readiness to explore the larger world.
We are immensely proud of our Class of 2022. Below, please find a list of all the colleges to which members of the class were accepted. Bolded names are where students are matriculating.
Check out these amazing STEM opportunities for girls entering grades 7-9 this summer!
GrowGirl is an all-girls summer day camp open to campers entering grades 4-7. Taught by world-class faculty from Woodlands Academy, this camp offers a one-of-a-kind interdisciplinary approach to exploration, growth, and fun!
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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.