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 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

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.

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

International Applicants--Steps to Apply

  1. Complete our Online Application and request teacher recommendations. 
  2. Submit your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score. The Woodlands Academy code is 7375. Woodlands will also accept the DuoLingo exam.
  3. Email to schedule a campus visit or virtual video interview.
  4. SSAT scores OR email to schedule an entrance exam.


Angela Robinson

Assistant Director of Admission, Boarding and International

Ideal Location

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

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. 

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.


Impressive College List

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


Angela Robinson

Assistant Director of Admission, Boarding and International