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 School in Illinois
#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 proudly announces that one of its senior class members continues to advance in her pursuit of a highly prestigious scholarship award. Gianna Keuer is among the approximately 15,000 U.S. high school seniors achieving Finalist status in the 69th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. This group of academically talented students will continue in the competition for some 7,140 National Merit® scholarships worth nearly $28 million to be awarded in the spring. Keuer advanced to the Finalist’s round based on her academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. The 2024 National Merit Scholarship competition began during the last school year, with more than 1.5 million juniors taking a preliminary exam. [Keuer is pictured with Head of School Susan Tyree Dempf, Ph.D., and Principal Rocco Gargiulo.]
Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart has been notified that 10 members of its senior class are being honored as Illinois State Scholars. This designation by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) recognizes exceptional academic achievement that indicates an especially high potential for success in college. Woodlands Academy’s recipients this year are Karishma Bhatara, Megan Caserio, Teresa Ciaglo, Abigail Hironimus, Janel Ivy, Gianna Keuer, Judith Koukol, Kaley Meister, Kathleen O’Donnell and Aanya Sahu. “I am so very proud of our State Scholars for achieving this recognition of all their hard work and outstanding academic performance during their years at Woodlands Academy,” said Principal Rocco Gargiulo. “I’d also like to thank our faculty members for creating an environment that prepares girls for college and beyond by empowering them to lead, compete, engage and explore.” [Pictured (from left) are Gianna Keuer, Karishma Bhatara, Janel Ivy, Abby Hironimus, Teresa Ciaglo, Kate O’Donnell, Megan Caserio and Kaley Meister. Not pictured: Judith Koukol and Aanya Sahu.]
Eight Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart students (two from each class) and one staff member received third quarter Sacred Heart awards Feb. 9 in recognition of living the Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria in a most visible way. Goal Five, “Schools of the Sacred Heart commit themselves to personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom,” was chosen by the Woodlands Academy student government as the basis for these awards. Freshmen Kate Marlowe and Valeria Santoyo, sophomores Chloe Mensah and Irene Poole Ruiz, juniors Vanessa Tellez and Saira Thomas, seniors Sapphire Bankston-Hunter and Mary Largay, and receptionist/cashier Mrs. Christine Grasenick were recognized for their efforts in living out this goal. Pictured (L to R) are Mary Largay, Sapphire Bankston-Hunter, Saira Thomas, Chloe Mensah, Irene Poole Ruiz, Vanessa Tellez, Valeria Santoyo and Kate Marlowe. Not pictured: Mrs. Grasenick
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.