Academic Resources

Goal Two, Criterion Four:

The faculty utilizes a variety of teaching and learning strategies that recognizes the individual needs of the students.

At Woodlands, we take student success seriously. Education goes well beyond the classroom. Our Academic Resources help students find the support they need.

Information Commons

The Bolton Sullivan Information Commons is the ideal place to learn, share, connect, create, and relax.

The Information Commons is intended to foster 21st Century skills for students and faculty alike. Thus, it is equipped with space for group study and collaborative learning; high speed internet; and welcoming spaces for serious work, reading and relaxation. Equipped with a team of faculty and technology experts, the IC enables students, faculty and staff to fulfill their information and research needs, while also providing one-on-one academic support in a variety of disciplines.

The Bolton Sullivan Information Commons features a magnificent stained glass window of Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat and a child. The window was originally installed in 1924 in the main building of Barat College, and was given to Woodlands in 2008 by the Barat Educational Foundation. Doors on either side of the window open to a beautifully landscaped interior courtyard where students are able to read and study.

Learning Program

The Learning Program (LP) at Woodlands Academy offers supportive services for students who require a more structured and individualized approach to a college preparatory curriculum.

For more than 30 years, our unique program has helped students with mild, learning disabilities and other disorders achieve success and accomplish their goals. Our program focuses on growing empathy, advocacy, skill development and empowerment.

Learning Program specialists provide individualized instruction during regularly scheduled periods. Students are also mainstreamed in their academic classes. A Student Support Plan is written on the basis of a student’s diagnostic profile and learning needs.

LP specialists collaborate and consult with teachers and advisors to facilitate understanding of student needs and maximize student success. Ultimately, in accordance with Sacred Heart Goals, students develop a deep respect for intellectual values, and grow in self-knowledge and develop self-confidence as they learn to deal realistically with their strengths and unique gifts.

LP Specialists

Ms. Ann Marie Day

Titles: Associate Director of Admission, Learning Program Specialist
Degrees: BS, St. Lawrence University
MAT, National Louis University

Mrs. Aldona Marchese

Titles: Learning Program Teacher
Degrees: BA, Hollins University
MSEd, Dominican University
Board Certified Educational Therapist
Learning Behavior Specialist - Endorsement LSBI

Mrs. Aldona Marchese


Mrs. Emily Stock

Degrees: BA, Kendall College
MAT, National Louis University


The ESL program at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart provides a foundation for English Language Learners to improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

Our program provides a supportive environment that focuses on students’ individual language needs and enables them to develop the cultural understanding and performance skills necessary to be successful in both academic and social situations. Students are given a placement test when they arrive on campus to determine what level of ESL they require: ESL I, ESL II, or Advanced ESL. ESL I meets twice day. One class stresses grammatical accuracy and fluency in English while the second class is ESL Literature and Composition, where students will study a variety of literary genres and read works from a wide array of cultures at appropriate reading levels.

ESL II teaches advanced grammar concepts in conjunction with reading and writing projects. Reading comprehension strategies, analysis and interpretative skills are taught. Writing is taught as a “process,” that includes formulating ideas and topic sentences, outlining and summarizing, revising, and editing.

Students are required to take the TOEFL test yearly, and they must remain in ESL classes until they score 80 on the test, a common minimum score required by selective U. S. colleges and universities for admission. If students need a third year of ESL, they will take Advanced ESL, which focuses on specific skills for taking the TOEFL test.