International Students

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

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

Ideal Location

Proximity to the world-class city of Chicago provides abundant opportunities for shopping, cultural events, and fun while our picturesque Lake Forest campus provides an idyllic place to live and learn. Lake Forest is one of Illinois' safest cities.

Robust 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

  • 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.


Dedicated International Student ADVISOR

The International Student advisor follows each student's academic progress, works with her to ease her transition to the American classroom, and helps ensure that she is fulfilling the requirements of each class. She is also the primary contact between the parents and the school regarding academic issues.


International Applicants--Steps to Apply

  1. Submit the Standard Application Online (SAO).Priority will be given to applicants who apply by January 10, 2019.
  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.

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