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.
For her role in the Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart softball team’s highly successful 2021 season, pitcher Abby Moravek recently was named to the 24-member 2021 Illinois Coaches Association Class 1A All-State Softball Second Team. This distinction comes on the heels of Moravek being named the Independent School League’s (ISL) 2021 Softball Player of the Year for the second consecutive time. The Wildcats got off to an impressive start, winning their first 11 games en route to the 2021 ISL championship. That winning streak included non-conference victories over Lake Forest, Highland Park and Round Lake high schools.
Formed in 2020 to meet specific needs created by COVID-19 constraints, Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest and Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bellevue, Washington, will continue their partnership by offering more of its robust online Sacred Heart Global Academy (SHGA) courses. During its inaugural year, the program featured eight courses grounded in the Sacred Heart mission that provided opportunities for international and domestic students to participate with each other along with teachers from both schools. SHGA’s two summer offerings will be followed by four more in the fall. The fall courses will be the first ones available to additional schools in the Sacred Heart’s worldwide network.
The school year that began in August with a return to in-person learning ended June 3 with a graduation event much like its pre-pandemic predecessors. Members of Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart’s Class of 2021 received their diplomas during the all-girls college-prep high school’s 162nd Graduation Ceremony in its traditional location, the school’s chapel. During her remarks on behalf of all seniors, Colleen Sarver thanked all who worked so hard to enable in-person learning this school year. She said students have learned and grown so much in an environment that was “enjoyable as possible while still safe." A brief video recap of the ceremony can be seen at: https://fb.watch/5W7u0TVrXN/.
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.