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.
Women in the Arts, a Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart tradition, takes on new significance this year as it becomes the Jamie Tuttle Women in the Arts. Tuttle was a vital member of the school’s arts faculty for three decades who inspired generations of Woodlands students with her dedication to the arts. She passed away Sept. 15, 2020, after a heroic battle with cancer. In addition to renaming the annual arts series in her honor, Tuttle’s husband and daughter will donate a photo of the late faculty member and one of her photographs to be permanently displayed in the student art gallery in the front hallway of the Lake Forest school.
Junior Ring Ceremony, one of the most significant days of a student's time at Woodlands Academy, marks a turning point in her Sacred Heart education. The class rings and Philippine Duchesne medals presented to junior class members will remind them of the strong bond students feel within the school and the international Sacred Heart community. Woodlands Academy's senior class planned and hosted the March 5 event. Each ring bears the Sacred Heart symbol of two embracing hearts – signs of love, friendship and unity. Juniors wear it with the hearts facing in toward their hearts. Once they graduate, they turn the ring around, challenging students to reach out to others and share Sacred Heart traditions and values.
Eight Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart students (two from each class) and one faculty member received third quarter Sacred Heart awards Feb. 3 in recognition of living the Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria in a most visible way. Goal Two, “Schools of the Sacred Heart commit themselves to a deep respect for intellectual values,” was chosen by the Woodlands Academy student government as the basis for these awards. Freshmen Tate Reilly and Salome Rojas-Diaz, sophomores Natalia Kozic and Sophia Gammel, juniors Lily Hinojosa and Lillard Preschlack, seniors Hailey Denton and Kayla Imanzi, and science/mathematics teacher John Denman were recognized for their efforts in living out this goal.
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.