Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart has been recognized by the College Board’s AP School Honor Roll as a “Platinum w/Access”-level school for 2023. This is the highest level of recognition offered by the program, awarded to only 4% of eligible schools in Illinois and 6% of schools nationally.
Schools earn their place on the AP School Honor Roll annually based on criteria that reflect a commitment to increasing college-going culture, providing opportunities for students to earn college credit, and maximizing college readiness.
One hundred percent of students in the Woodlands Academy class of 2023 took at least one AP exam during their time at Woodlands; 83% of them scored a “3” or higher on at least one AP exam; and 53% took five or more AP exams. Woodlands offers 30 AP courses in 24 AP sections and has 12 faculty members teaching AP courses.
Taking AP courses demonstrates to college admissions officers that students have sought the most challenging curriculum available to them. Research indicates that students who score a 3 or higher on an AP exam typically experience greater academic success in college and are more likely to earn a college degree than non-AP students.
Woodlands Academy is one of only 23 high schools in Illinois to achieve Platinum recognition on the AP School Honor Roll, and one of only 11 high schools to achieve Platinum w/Access recognition. Schools earn the additional AP Access Award if the percentage of AP exam takers who are underrepresented minority and/or low-income students mirrors the school’s overall student demographics.