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.
The richness of Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart’s cultural diversity was celebrated with its Flag Ceremony Sept. 10 at the all-girls college-preparatory day-and-boarding high school. This annual event recognizes and honors the breadth of international diversity on its Lake Forest campus. Its rich cultural diversity is viewed as a true blessing at Woodlands Academy – one of the many forms of diversity which Sacred Heart Schools seek and cherish. Indeed, it’s very much the educational vision of Sacred Heart Schools, as articulated by the foundress of the Society of the Sacred Heart, St. Madeleine Sophie Barat. “To influence our world, we must understand it,” she said.
The Aug. 24 start of the 2021-22 term launched a second year of in-person classroom instruction at Woodlands Academy with COVID-19 protocols once again governing life at the all-girls high school in Lake Forest. School officials believe that students learn most effectively when they can actively engage with their teachers and peers. For the second year in a row, the school’s COVID-19 guidelines are part of Woodlands Academy's dedication to keeping that a reality. The mood was festive with various displays of school spirit as members of the Class of 2022 celebrated their newfound status during what’s become known as “Seniors Rule Day.”
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.
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.