New Student Resources 2020-21

This page will be continually updated as new information becomes available.


New Student & Family Orientation will take place on August 24 from 9 a.m. to noon. Please complete the Orientation Registration form so that we can properly prepare for your arrival.

Meet the Student Orientation Leaders

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Click here for a pdf introducing you to our Orientation Leader team, created by Co-Head Orientation Leaders: Colleen Sarver '21 and Kaela Steele '21. The Orientation Leader team is committed to not only welcoming and celebrating the beginning of your Woodlands experience on August 24th, but to serving as mentors throughout the year. 

Click here for a letter from our Dean of Students and Preliminary Orientation Details and What to Expect. 


Please refer to the school calendar for the most up to date information regarding events.


Below, we've compiled a list of point people based on subject. We are operating remotely this summer, so email is fastest form of communication. However, voicemail boxes are being checked, including the main mailbox at 847-234-4300.


Course Placement, Class Schedules, Book Purchase and Summer Assignments
Rocco Gargiulo ext. 114

Rosemary Briesch ext. 305

Technology & Personal Device Specifications
Elliot Coffey ext. 117

International Student Coordinator
Amy Perlick ext. 406

Medical Forms/ Health Info
Chris Grasenick ext. 210

Required Forms, Parent Portal and MyBackPack
Patty Drummond ext. 216

New Student Orientation and Uniforms
Emma Hindman ext. 414

Parent Organization
Colleen Treutler ext. 227

Transportation and Food Service
Chris Grasenick ext. 210

Tuition/Accounts Receivable
Robin Anderson ext. 222

Interest in WAPA? (Woodlands Academy Parents Association)

Please email Mary Michelle Scalise.


Woodlands students will wear casual dress for the first semester. Students are expected to familiarize themselves with casual dress expectations outlined below, and dress appropriately for Physical Education classes and after school athletics on days they are scheduled to do so (athletic pants or shorts, a t-shirt, and gym shoes.)
Casual Dress Expectations:

  • Shorts and skirts must be of appropriate/modest length. Pants should not have any holes in them. 
  • Shirts must cover the shoulders. No low cut (front or back), strapless, spaghetti straps, or crop tops/bare midriffs. 
  • Any images and words displayed must be appropriate (absolutely no reference to drugs, alcohol, violence, or any form of hate speech/inappropriate language). 
  • With the exception of the Woodlands logo, masks must be free from logos or slogans. School appropriate artistic patterns are acceptable and masks may be any color.
  • No facial piercings or unnatural hair colors are permitted.
  • Shoes are required at all times.
  • Students may wear the uniform on days they do not have Physical Education or sports practices/games if they desire, but this is not a requirement.

We will return to our standard uniform at a later date.




Due to social distancing requirements, Woodlands Academy has contracted with Olson Transportation to provide our shuttle services for this school year. Shuttle seats are issued on a first come first served basis upon completion of the Required Student Information Form (completed via MyBackPack).  Spots are filling up quickly! 

Train riders should keep an eye out for a yellow school bus with "Olson Transportation" on the side.

For normal Red/White school days (beginning August 28) the following shuttles will be available:

A 7:35 a.m. and 8:35 a.m. shuttle to Woodlands from Fort Sheridan Station servicing the UPN Metra line will be available every school day.  The after school shuttle to Fort Sheridan will depart Woodlands at 3:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. on school days.

A 7:35 a.m. or 8:05 a.m. shuttle to Woodlands from the West Lake Forest Station on 911 Telegraph Road serving the MDN Metra line will be available for those who reserve a seat.

Please be sure to check the alternate Metra schedules at the Metra Rail website.

Questions? Please contact Mrs.Chris Grasenick


Food Service

In order to respond to the safety protocols necessary to keep our community safe and still offer healthy, delicious meals to our community, Woodlands Academy is partnering with Handcut Foods to provide meal service this school year. After extensive research, we are confident that Handcut will be an excellent partner in providing healthy, delicious food to our students, faculty, and staff. All meals will be pre-portioned and pre-packaged. This also means that meals will need to be ordered ahead of time. 

Families of day students, please be on the lookout for an email directly from Handcut Foods which will detail pricing information and account setup. 

Families of our boarding students, our residence life staff will work directly with our residents to coordinate food ordering.

Curious about the offerings? Click here to view a menu!

No food delivery to campus will be permitted until further notice. This includes delivery directly from restaurants, UberEats, Door Dash, Grubhub, etc. Students should either pack a lunch or order from Handcut foods.



  • Will orchestra be happening?  Yes! Will meet from 8:10-8:50 a.m. daily
  • What instruments will be allowed?Still TBD – we are investigating best practices and guidelines
  • Will schedule changes ever conflict with orchestra? No. Woodlands has a long standing tradition of holding orchestra at "Period 0" so all students may participate.
  • How do I sign up? Please email Principal Rocco Gargiulo


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


New students must register for a technology training session.

Monday, August 17
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Tuesday, August 18
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Monday, August 24
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tuesday, August 25
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

To register for preferred session, email:



Login to Parent Portal.
Select "My Forms" to complete required forms.
Patty Drummond ext.216
  • Please mail a certified copy of your student's birth certificate along with your student’s middle school transcript showing her 8th grade graduation to to:                            Patty Drummond                      Woodlands Academy                  760 East Westleigh Road           Lake Forest, IL 60045

2020-21 Calendar

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Sun, Sep 27
Mon, Sep 28
Zschoolactivitiescalendar edited Q&A with the Admissions Team
Zoom Meeting
Wed, Sep 30
Zschoolactivitiescalendar edited WAPA Wednesday Walkers
Fort Sheridan Starbucks
Zschoolactivitiescalendar edited Admissions Wildcat Webinar
Zoom Meeting
Thu, Oct 1
Fri, Oct 2
Sat, Oct 3
Sun, Oct 4
Mon, Oct 5
Zschoolactivitiescalendar edited Q&A with the Admissions Team
Zoom Meeting
Tue, Oct 6
Fri, Oct 9
Zschoolactivitiescalendar edited LFPD Lockdown Safety Presentation
Sat, Oct 10
Sun, Oct 11
Tue, Oct 13
Wed, Oct 14
Zschoolactivitiescalendar edited Testing Day - Early Dismissal
Zschoolactivitiescalendar edited WAPA Wednesday Walkers
Fort Sheridan Starbucks
Zschoolactivitiescalendar edited Admissions Wildcat Webinar
Zoom Meeting
Thu, Oct 15
Zschoolactivitiescalendar edited Virtual Shadow Day
Zoom Meeting
Sat, Oct 17

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