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Though for the safety of our students and staff our campus remains closed to outside visitors, we have curated an extensive list of ways to get to know Woodlands. We cannot wait to tell you all about our amazing school!
Join our students in conversation as they reflect upon their Woodlands experience. They cannot wait to share their stories about Global Exchange, Academic and Athletic Life, Fine Arts and other clubs and activities
Woodlands is absolutely the most amazing place. I know that I can be myself and have the best preparation for what's next.
I feel more confident in a class with all girls. It's easier to speak out more, easier to be a part of the discussion and really "in it" instead of just sitting quietly.
Our daughter has such a variety of interests. She wants to do art, music, theater, she wants to be in a sport, in a club. In a larger school she would be forced to pick and choose. At Woodlands, she can do it all. The school molds the schedule so she has the opportunity to do more.
In 8th grade, my daughter's school strategy was to quietly hide in the back of the class. In 12th grade, she is an opinionated, eloquent, and braved defender of her thoughts.
Award-winning filmmaker and artist Sarah Feeley ‘93 is one of the directors of a new sports documentary series – of which LeBron James and Maverick Carter are executive producers – being featured on Netflix. “The Playbook: A Coach's Rules for Life” puts the spotlight on coaches, offering insights into the rules they follow to achieve success in sports and life
A new garden adjacent to an existing natural area on Woodlands Academy’s beautiful 41-acre campus provides an additional opportunity to get away from it all and pause to reflect. The Prayer Garden, located just outside the art room, was created by Mia Ruck ’21 this summer as part of her work to achieve a Girl Scout Gold Award. Mia designed every garden aspect to provide a small, comforting sanctuary away from everyday life’s common stressors. In addition to its colorful whimsy and visual appeal, this garden is a tangible example of Sacred Heart Goal III: “a social awareness which impels to action.” The social awareness prompting Mia’s action was her deep concern about all the pressures teens face these days.
Considering all the uncertainty and tension surrounding this year’s election, the Woodlands Academy community began the day Nov. 4 with a prayer service. In announcing plans for the brief service, Dean of Students Emma Hindman said this is an important time to gather as a community. “Reflecting on our Sacred Heart mission will remind us all to look to the Goals and Criteria for guidance and stability in the days and weeks ahead,” she added. Head of School Meg Steele did just that in her opening remarks. “We are blessed to have the Goals and Criteria to guide us,” she said. “Goal IV calls us to the building of community as a Christian value. Our community is strong and resilient. We take care of one another and stand up for what is right.”
One of the first African-American women to earn a Ph.D. in physics, whose current focus is on providing an effective, accessible and affordable cancer treatment with little-to-no side effects, provided a truly inspirational launch of Woodlands Academy’s 2020-21 “Imagine Yourself in the C-Suite” series. Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green spent an hour sharing insights and advice in response to questions from students at the all-girls college-prep high school in Lake Forest on Oct. 26. Her forum was done via Zoom meeting due to COVID-19.
The Woodlands Academy community was joined by parents and other guests – remotely for the most part this year due to COVID-19 protocols – on Oct. 20 for the Mater Liturgy, which celebrates the drawing of the sophomore class more deeply into the family of the Sacred Heart. A statue of Mater, the patroness of Woodlands, graces the vestibule of the school’s 400 wing. "Because Mater is so special to Woodlands we chose the Feast of Mater Admirabilis to bestow special recognition on our sophomores,” Head of School Meg Steele said.
On the heels of its recent designation as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2020 by the U. S. Department of Education, comes word that Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart has received another overall grade of A+ in the just-released Niche 2021 high school rankings. Once again, the Lake Forest school has gotten top marks when it comes to a faith-based education for young women. According to the 2021 rankings by Niche, an independent research company, Woodlands Academy repeats as the #1 Best All-girls High School in Illinois and the #1 Best Catholic High School in Illinois. This is the fourth year in a row that Woodlands has been ranked the #1 Best All-girls High School in Illinois based on factors such as SAT/ACT scores, student-teacher ratios and reviews from students and parents.
With a few changes due to COVID-19, the fall Sacred Heart awards were given to seven Woodlands Academy students and one faculty member Oct. 7 in recognition of living the Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria in a most visible way. Goal Three was chosen by the Woodlands Academy student government as the basis for these awards. Those recognized on Oct. 7 for their efforts in living out this goal were: freshmen Hailey Ross and Greer Talty, sophomores Karla Tapia and Magdelene Roemer, juniors Lani English and Gretchen Steele, senior Gabriella Flores, and science teacher Kristen Black.
Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart is among an elite group of 317 public and 50 private schools recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2020. This coveted award is based on a school's overall academic performance. "Congratulations to this year’s National Blue Ribbon School awardees,” DeVos said. “It’s a privilege to recognize the extraordinary work you do to meet students’ needs and prepare them for successful careers and meaningful lives.” Now in its 38th year, this U. S. Department of Education program seeks out and celebrates great American schools demonstrating that all students can achieve to high levels.
In the spirit of Sacred Heart schools’ Goal III (a social awareness which impels to action), community service has always been an integral part of a Woodlands Academy education. The novel coronavirus pandemic, among other things, has given students opportunities to help others in ways that could not have been imagined as the 2019-20 school year began. One example of this is the work of several Woodlands Academy students and three 2020 graduates over the summer. They assembled 2,200 face shields that were donated to The Mission of Our Lady of Angels in Chicago, a small hospital in California, the Illinois PPE Network and Woodlands Academy. The face shield kits were provided at cost by a company owned by the Randolph family whose daughters Eleanor and Helen graduated from Woodlands in 2016 and 2017.
The Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart community celebrated its multicultural makeup during the annual Flag Ceremony and prayer service Friday, Sept. 11. There were some changes due to the many COVID-19 protocols governing the resumption of in-person classroom learning just two weeks earlier. For one thing, only program participants were allowed in the school’s chapel during the ceremony. Spectators, typically seated in the pews, instead watched remotely via Zoom from their classrooms, offices and homes.
BA, University of Loyola New Orleans