Head's Message

Dear Friends,

Welcome to Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart. When you meet us on our website, you are visiting a school that is 158 years old with a 112-year history in Lake Forest, Illinois. In addition, you are visiting a school with 24 affiliates in the Network of Sacred Heart Schools in the United States & Canada and 127 Sacred Heart schools around the globe.

When families join our Sacred Heart school, they are joining a strong global community with a proud history of achievement and service. Since 1800, when Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat founded the first Sacred Heart school in France, Sacred Heart education has continued to inspire young hearts and minds to excel, to lead lives of integrity, and to serve.

Our complex world today demands that young women develop strength of character and a sense of their own worth and abilities. Current research demonstrates the benefits of single sex education, and the contemporary world of business, politics, and the professions shows that a significant number of distinguished leaders are graduates of girls’ schools.

Woodlands Academy builds its curriculum and all student activities on best practices for girls. We graduate global citizens prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the most rigorous colleges and universities. We draw upon solid research and continue to explore new ideas to ensure that our students are not only successful, but are prepared to meet future challenges with courage and confidence.

Take some time to visit our website as it will give you a sense of who we are and how we educate our young women. We also hope that you will come to our campus so we can meet, face-to-face. We would like you to experience the magic of Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart. I assure you that it will be a visit that you will long remember.


Meg Steele
Head of School

Life faces you with courageous challenges at every step of the way. You are on the path, exactly where you are meant to be right now,...and from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, of love. Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ