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.
We invite any and all who are interested in learning more about a transformative Woodlands education to engage with us in a myriad of ways!
Award-winning filmmaker and artist Sarah Feeley ‘93 is one of the directors of a new sports documentary series – of which LeBron James and Maverick Carter are executive producers – being featured on Netflix. “The Playbook: A Coach's Rules for Life” puts the spotlight on coaches, offering insights into the rules they follow to achieve success in sports and life
A new garden adjacent to an existing natural area on Woodlands Academy’s beautiful 41-acre campus provides an additional opportunity to get away from it all and pause to reflect. The Prayer Garden, located just outside the art room, was created by Mia Ruck ’21 this summer as part of her work to achieve a Girl Scout Gold Award. Mia designed every garden aspect to provide a small, comforting sanctuary away from everyday life’s common stressors. In addition to its colorful whimsy and visual appeal, this garden is a tangible example of Sacred Heart Goal III: “a social awareness which impels to action.” The social awareness prompting Mia’s action was her deep concern about all the pressures teens face these days.
Considering all the uncertainty and tension surrounding this year’s election, the Woodlands Academy community began the day Nov. 4 with a prayer service. In announcing plans for the brief service, Dean of Students Emma Hindman said this is an important time to gather as a community. “Reflecting on our Sacred Heart mission will remind us all to look to the Goals and Criteria for guidance and stability in the days and weeks ahead,” she added. Head of School Meg Steele did just that in her opening remarks. “We are blessed to have the Goals and Criteria to guide us,” she said. “Goal IV calls us to the building of community as a Christian value. Our community is strong and resilient. We take care of one another and stand up for what is right.”
Join our students in conversation as they reflect upon their Woodlands experience. They cannot wait to share their stories about Global Exchange, Academic and Athletic Life, Fine Arts and other clubs and activities
The best way to learn about our dynamic community is to see the spirit and energy our students possess in the classroom.
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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.