Application Process

Our Admission Staff wants to learn about you as an individual. We'll ask questions that allow us to get to know what you dream about, what goals you've set, and who you want to become. We'll also ask your teachers and other people who know you well for recommendations.

Applying to Woodlands

Applicants for 9th Grade

  1. Submit the Standard Application Online (SAO). Woodlands Academy is currently on a rolling application basis. Qualified applicants will continue to be accepted as space is available.
  2. Submit your Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) scores and the Character Skills Snapshot results. The Woodlands Academy code is 8273.
  3. For day students, a shadow morning visit is required. Please contact the Office of Admission & Financial Aid at 847-234-4300 x 250 to schedule a visit or visit our Shadow Day Page to RSVP online.

Transfer Applicants

  1. Submit the Standard Application Online (SAO). Woodlands Academy is currently on a rolling application basis. Qualified applicants will continue to be accepted as space is available.
  2. Transfer students are not required to take the SSAT, however you will have to register for the Character Skills Snapshot and submit your results. The Woodlands Academy code is 8273.
  3. For day students, a shadow morning visit is required. Please contact the Office of Admission & Financial Aid at 847-234-4300 x 250 to schedule a visit or visit our Shadow Day Page to RSVP online.

International Applicants

  1. Submit the Standard Application Online (SAO). Woodlands Academy is currently on a rolling application basis. Qualified applicants will continue to be accepted as space is available.
  2. Submit your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score. The Woodlands Academy code is 7375.
  3. Submit your Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT). The Woodlands Academy code is 8273. This is optional for international students.
  4. Schedule an on-campus or Skype interview with a member of the Office of Admission.

Applicants to our Learning Program must submit your most recent psychoeducational testing and any IEP/CIEP from your current school along with your application. This can be done by emailing the Office of Admission directly.

SSAT & Character Skills Snapshot

The SSAT

The Secondary School Admission Test, or SSAT, is an admission test administered by The Enrollment Management Association in the United States to students in grades 3–11. It provides a standardized measure that helps our team make a decision regarding student admission, but is only part of the equation.

The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) is required for all domestic applicants to the 9th Grade. The SSAT is not required for transfer students applying for the 10th or 11th grades.

When you register for the SSAT, please request that your scores be reported directly to Woodlands Academy. Our school code is 8273. Students are encouraged to take the SSAT in October, November, December or January.

The Character Skills Snapshot

The Character Skills Snapshot is a tool that will give the Admission team a richer and more holistic understanding of a student's strengths and illuminates areas where Woodlands Academy can help your daughter grow and thrive.

All applicants to Woodlands are required to take the Character Skills Snapshot. For students who have signed up for the SSAT, there is no charge to take The Snapshot. Once you register for an SSAT, you will have access to The Snapshot. Transfer applicants applying to the 10th or 11th grades will have to register for The Character Skills Snapshot individually.


We Use the Character Skills Snapshot

About the Online Application

The standard application online

Woodlands Academy uses the Standard Application Online (SAO) to facilitate our application process. The SAO was created to simplify and standardize the process of applying to independent schools (grades PK-12). It allows families to complete just one online application that will pre-fill to multiple applications, and obtain one transcript and set of teacher recommendations (easily submitted online by recommenders and administrators) to apply to any number of private/independent member schools that accept it.


How Does it Work?

Complete and submit each section of the SAO. Our Office of Admission will receive the application components as they are submitted online by you or your teacher/administrator. All school application fees are paid through the SAO.

Download instructions for using the SAO.

If you have any trouble at all, do not hesitate to call the Office of Admission at 847-234-4300 ext. 250.

What does it include?

  1. An application fee of $50 for domestic, $100 for international.
  2. Student Essay
  3. Parent Essay
  4. School Record & Transcript Form
  5. Recommendations
    • The English, Math, and Principal/Homeroom Teacher recommendations are mandatory.
    • The supplemental form is an International Language recommendation. This recommendation is only needed if you currently study an International Language.

Admission Decision

Woodlands Academy welcomes qualified students of any race, religion, color, nationality or ethnic background to all rights, privileges, programs and activities of the institution. The school does not discriminate on these bases in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship programs, athletics, and other school-administered programs.