New/Returning Student Resources 2024-25

This page will be continually updated as new information becomes available (updated 6/17/2024).


Orientation and Beginning of the Year Festivities

New Student Orientation - August 16   All School Family Mass & Picnic - August 18

New Student and New Parent Orientation will be on August 16th and begin at 9:00 AM til 11:30 AM.  This is required for all new students and new parents are encouraged to enjoy us for the New Student Prayer Service.  If you have any questions contact Reception (847) 234-4300.  All incoming students are required to attend on August 16th.

The All School Family Mass & Picnic is a Woodlands tradition as the first all school event to kick off the start of a new school year. Mass will begin at 11:00 am and the picnic will follow at the Gloria Dei center. 

First page of the PDF file: 2024-2025PrelimCalendar

2024-25 Calendar

June 2024
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Sun, May 26
Tue, May 28
Global Odyssey Classes
Wed, May 29
Global Odyssey Classes
Thu, May 30
Global Odyssey Classes
Fri, May 31
Global Odyssey Classes
Sat, Jun 1
Sun, Jun 2
Mon, Jun 3
Global Reflection Day
Grade Level Lunch
SR Graduation Practice
Tue, Jun 4
Prize Day
Early Dismissal
Wed, Jun 5
Sat, Jun 8
Mon, Jun 10
Tue, Jun 11
Wed, Jun 12
Thu, Jun 13
Fri, Jun 14
Sat, Jun 15
Sun, Jun 16
Mon, Jun 17
Tue, Jun 18
Thu, Jun 20
Fri, Jun 21
Sat, Jun 22
Sun, Jun 30
Mon, Jul 1
Tue, Jul 2
Wed, Jul 3
Sat, Jul 6


Registration Forms Via Blackbaud

Student registration steps will be completed via Blackbaud checklists and forms.  Forms are due Monday, August 1, 2024.

Please contact Receptionist (847) 234-4300 with any questions.




Summer Assignments

If you have questions about summer assignments, please contact our Principal Rocco Gargiulo.

Books & Supply List
  • On the first day of school, August 20, students should come with their tablet computer (specifications below), and a notebook and pen/pencil for notes.
  • There is no need to order books. Students will receive their books on the first day of school. 
  • All students should have a TI84 plus CE graphing calculator. 
  • Stock a plentiful supply of school supplies - pens, pencils, markers, highlighters, flash cards, binder paper, notebooks, binders, folders, etc. – at home. 
  • On the first day of classes teachers will tell students if any specific supplies are needed.
Technology Training Sessions

New students must register for a technology training session. These 90-minute sessions will occur on the following dates:

-Woodlands Academy New Student Technology Training Dates-

Monday 8/12 - 9:00-10:30 AM
Friday 8/16 - 1:00-2:30 PM
Monday 8/19 - 9:00-10:30 AM (Preferred Training Session for Boarders)
Monday 8/19 - 1:00-2:30 PM

Please register for the session of your choice using this form.  Thank you!

E-mail questions or concerns to:

Computer/Tablet Requirements
  • Operating System: Windows 10 or Windows 11
  • Processor: Intel i3 (or equivalent)
  • Hard Drive: 128 GB SSD
  • RAM: 8GB (16GB is preferred)
  • Battery: 6+ hours of battery life
  • Screen: 10” or larger
  • Wireless Connectivity: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capable
  • Touch Screen: Pen or Stylus input is preferred for note taking purposes

Tablet computer hybrids are preferred as they support all software that may be required at all levels. Additionally, these devices offer students the flexibility to take notes, sketch, and annotate directly on their device while maintaining the full functionality of a laptop computer. Some examples of devices that meet the recommended minimum specifications include:

  • Microsoft Surface Pro/Book devices
  • Lenovo Yoga/IdeaPad/ThinkPad models
  • ASUS Transformer products.

Apple devices are Not Recommended
Apple does not currently offer a product that fits into the tablet computer hybrid market, so Apple devices (iPads and Mac laptops) are not recommended at this time.

Chromebooks are Not Recommended
Chromebooks are very popular as reliable, less expensive alternatives, but they are NOT acceptable as there are productivity and compatibility issues, especially when offline.

If you have any questions, concerns, or require clarification about this policy please contact Elliot Coffey our Director of Technology:


Below, we've compiled a list of point people based on subject.

Course Placement, Class Schedules, and Summer Assignments
Rocco Gargiulo ext. 1016

Medical Forms/ Health Info
Chris Grasenick ext. 1018

New Student Orientation and Uniforms
Reception (847) 234-4300

Parent Organization
Nikki Bonamarte ext. 1034

Residence Life
Reception (847) 234-4300

Matthew Hickey (E-mail Only)

Athletic Forms
Dana Daly (E-mail Only)

Required Student Information Form, Transcripts, Birth Certificates
Patty Drummond (E-mail Only)

Technology & Personal Device Specifications
Elliot Coffey (E-mail Only)

Transportation and Food Service
Josephine Blake ext. 1037

Tuition/Accounts Receivable
Josephine Blake ext. 1037

Recent Communications


Woodlands Academy uses Dennis uniforms as the vendor to supply uniform pieces. Below please find a link to the uniform list as well as Dennis uniform site. Uniform expectations and dress code will be covered in orientation as well as in the first weeks of school. Questions? Contact Dean of Students Brigitte Kusevskis

Please check out this Welcome Kit as your go-to guide for all things DENNIS. 


First page of the PDF file: ImportantDatesforResidentStudents2024-25

Boarding Program Communications

Resident Life Onboarding Packet - The Residential Life Onboarding packet is intended to give a comprehensive view of the residential life program at Woodlands. 

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Woodlands Academy operates a daily shuttle bus, weekdays, between the Fort Sheridan Metra station (UP-N), and the Woodlands campus. Schedules are listed below.  If your family intends on using our bus service, please make sure to indicate that preference on your Blackbaud Transportation Form.

Shuttle bus service is $600 per semester.

*** Please show your Student ID to the driver as you board.


2024-25 Transportation Schedule

Fort Sheridan - Union Pacific North line
    7:25 AM - Morning pick-up                        

   Afternoon departure times (from Woodlands Academy front entrance)
      6:10 (seasonally depending on school activities)


Shuttle times are subject to change based on alterations to Metra schedules.

Questions? Contact Reception




Tryouts for Fall sports will begin on Monday, August 12th. Details on sports offerings will be announced end of June. The physical for new students is due to Chris Grasenick on August 1.  All athletes must have a physical on file dated within 1 year from participation.

Athletics Calendar


For those students interested in participating in orchestra, please email Orchestra Director Matthew Hickey. Orchestra takes place before school every morning.