International Applicants

As a member of the Sacred Heart Network, internationality is in our DNA. At Woodlands Academy, our international students are integral to who we are.

Idyllic Campus

Our picturesque Lake Forest campus provides an idyllic place to live and learn. Lake Forest is one of Illinois' safest cities nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan. The lake is one of the world's largest bodies of fresh water. 

Ideal Location

Proximity to the world-class city of Chicago provides abundant opportunities for cultural events, shopping, and global cuisine. Our location just 25 miles (40 km) from O'Hare International Airport makes travel easy.



I was really surprised when I got elected to be the president of the student body and really thankful for the opportunity that Woodlands gave me to learn to lead
Shiyu Wang ’17, Beijing, China


Angela Robinson

Assistant Director of Admission, Boarding and International

ESL Program

Students take a placement test to determine their appropriate ESL level. They then take the TOEFL test yearly and remain in ESL until they earn a TOEFL score of 80 or above.

For TOEFL Scores 40-80

Woodlands Academy's ESL program supports students with TOEFL scores ranging from 40-80.

ESL Levels Offered:

  • ESL I
  • ESL II
  • Advanced ESL

For TOEFL Scores 80+

Once a student scores an 80 or above on her TOEFL, she is in all mainstream classes, but still benefits from support for English language learners.


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Celebrating our rich Internationality at flag ceremony

Are you an international applicant interested in our Boarding Program? Please click below for more details!

Residential Life