The intention of Sacred Heart education is to address the whole person. You come as you are and are cared for with great love. The hope is to implant in you a sacred love for yourself, to challenge you to be more honest, to lead you along the road of integrity.

- Life at the Sacred Heart

International Applicants


Celebrating our rich Internationality at flag ceremony

ESL Support

Applicants whose native language is not English must take the the Duolingo English Test or the TOEFL. However, If an applicant has attended a school for three years or more where English is the primary language of instruction, an English proficiency test is not required.

TOEFL: A minimum score of 70 on the internet-based test (TOELF iBT) indicates an applicant’s English skills are strong enough for full participation in our program.

Duolingo English Test: A minimum score of 105 on the Duolingo English test indicates an applicant's English skills are strong enough for full participation in our program.

*Woodlands Academy does offer additional ESL support on a case by case basis. The offerings are ESL I, ESL II & Advanced ESL.


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Ideal Location

International Airports

Woodlands Academy is comfortably situated between three international airports, making it easy & accessible for students to travel between home and Woodlands Academy.

1. Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) is only a 30-minute drive from Woodlands Academy. 

2. Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) is 1-hour drive from Woodlands Academy

3. General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) is a 50-minute drive from Woodlands Academy.


Cities & Surrounding Areas

Woodlands Academy boasts a beautiful 41-acre campus just minutes from the Lake Michigan shoreline & is in between two thriving metropolises - Chicago & Milwaukee. 

Chicago is a world-class city known for its architecture, vibrant music scene, amazing food, and iconic neighborhoods. 

Milwaukee is a city known for festivals and celebrations. It is the perfect place for weekend exploration and is situated along the Lake Michigan coastline. 



Students can take the Metra train line from Lake Forest to downtown Chicago or Milwaukee for weekend excursions.

From the Lake Forest MetraTrain Station:

To Downtown Chicago: 1 Hour 

To Downtown Milwaukee: 1 Hour



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