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 students got some fun and unique insights about travel, following their passions and adapting to new environments from a college senior born in India and raised in Singapore who now attends school in the United States. Driven by her passions for art, business and design, Sachi Shah is pursuing a self-created major – Leadership in Creative Enterprise – at Carnegie Mellon University. After graduating this spring, she will be working as a product manager for Adobe Creative Cloud. Shah’s Jan. 13 presentation to Woodlands Academy was done via Zoom as the school was in a planned two-week period of remote learning following the Christmas and New Year holidays.
The high school students from 13 countries participating in an international dialogue on “Youth Action for Global Causes” included four from Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart. Sophomore Alex Arreci and seniors Kayla Imanzi, Maddie Moravek and Isabelle Ryan represented Woodlands, the only Illinois school involved. They joined nearly 250 students from other schools in the U.S. and Belarus, Canada, Chile, England, France, Ghana, India, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain and Turkey who came together Dec. 9 to offer their perspectives. Their virtual dialogue gave them an opportunity to learn how to engage in respectful dialogue, communicate across differences and understand multiple perspectives around a complex global issue.
Clara Bartusiak, a Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart sophomore from Lake Forest, is among a select group of 10 high school students nationwide chosen to participate in a special PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs (SRL) project. It’s the result of a recently launched partnership between SRL and Close Up, a non-profit civic education organization that inspires students to become informed, active and engaged citizens. Clara was selected based on her participation in Close Up’s Empowering Female Voices, which was offered to all Woodlands Academy sophomores and some seniors this fall.
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.