The intention of Sacred Heart education is to address the whole person. You come as you are and are cared for with great love. The hope is to implant you a sacred love for yourself, to challenge you to be more honest, to lead you along the road of integrity.

- Life at the Sacred Heart


Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart, founded in 1858, is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory day and boarding school for young women grades 9 through 12. Woodlands Academy is a member of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools, which spans 41 countries and 25 schools in the U.S. and two in Canada. Linked philosophically and technologically, the network provides educational resources and collaborative opportunities for students and faculty.

As a Sacred Heart school with a long tradition of excellence, Woodlands prepares motivated young women for lives of courage and confidence, educating them to discover their purpose, cultivate their talents and passions, and commit themselves to service as citizens of the world.

Standards are high, academics are challenging, and Woodlands’ teachers are talented and inspiring. Our faculty are Sacred Heart educators who steadfastly and wisely care for their students.

Rooted in the Sacred Heart tradition, Woodlands Academy is a Catholic school that respects and seeks diversity in all its varieties: cultural, racial, religious, and socio-economic. Our community represents many races, religions, and nationalities, and our academic and extracurricular programs promote global awareness and social responsibility.


Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Independent Schools Association of the Central States. Woodlands is certified by the State of Illinois and approved by the Network of Sacred Heart Schools. The school is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools.