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.
Capt. Lori Legat Cline ’79 has become the first female pilot to reach the level of managing director at American Airlines. In her new, additional role as managing director of pilot recruitment & crew accommodations, Cline welcomes the opportunity to find female and other diverse candidates to fill upcoming cockpit vacancies. She expressed an interest in flying at an early age and in 1983 became the youngest female airline captain in the world. Later, she was the industry’s first-ever female director of flight safety and scored other firsts for women in her profession. “The education I got at Woodlands Academy propelled me to heights I might not otherwise have achieved,” Cline says.
After a one-year absence due to the pandemic, Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart is once again hosting the Western Golf Association’s (WGA) Caddie Academy for young women. Some 50 participants from across the country are residing in the boarding school. An additional 27 are participating virtually. Woodlands has hosted the event since 2016. “Woodlands Academy has proven to be an excellent fit for our young women’s program, and we are very excited about returning this year as well as the future of our partnership,” said Mike Maher with the WGA, who oversees Caddie Academy. (Shown in this WGA photo are some of the 2019 participants.)
For her role in the Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart softball team’s highly successful 2021 season, pitcher Abby Moravek recently was named to the 24-member 2021 Illinois Coaches Association Class 1A All-State Softball Second Team. This distinction comes on the heels of Moravek being named the Independent School League’s (ISL) 2021 Softball Player of the Year for the second consecutive time. The Wildcats got off to an impressive start, winning their first 11 games en route to the 2021 ISL championship. That winning streak included non-conference victories over Lake Forest, Highland Park and Round Lake high schools.
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.