WOODLANDS ACADEMY OF THE SACRED HEART
NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 124
TUITION: $29,500 tuition (day student)
DEAN/HEAD TEACHER: Susan Tyree Dempf, Ph.D.
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Catholic
ENTRANCE PROCEDURE: Prospective students and their families start the process by filling out an Admission Inquiry form on the school’s website. Then they can schedule a Shadow Day visit allowing the prospective student to experience the spirit and energy Woodlands Academy students possess in the classroom. The next steps are to fill out an online application, apply for financial aid and register for an entrance exam. All these steps can be completed by clicking on Admission at the top of school’s homepage and then Admissions Process.
CONTACT: Greg Lobe
OPEN MORNINGS: There are some upcoming opportunities to learn about the transformative educational experience at Woodlands Academy. The school will be hosting an open house Thursday, Nov. 10, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Check woodlandsacademy.org/shadowday for upcoming opportunities. Contact the Officer of Admission at [email protected] to schedule a personal tour of campus any morning classes are in session
CURRICULUM: Consistent with the Goals and Criteria for Sacred Heart education, Woodlands Academy’s academic program seeks to instill in its students a deep respect for intellectual values, academic integrity, and a lifelong passion for learning.
ENRICHMENT: The Woodlands Academy Center for Global Studies engages students with comprehensive curricular, extracurricular, and service opportunities to immerse them in a global outlook, equipping them with the skills to act as responsible leaders on issues of global significance. Its students can participate in an international exchange program allowing them to spend some time abroad at one of the other Sacred Heart schools.
CULTURE & COMMUNITY: Woodlands Academy is an independent Catholic day-and-boarding, college-preparatory school for young women of all faiths in grades nine through 12. It’s part of a worldwide network of 25 schools in the U.S. and Canada and more than 150 schools in a total of 41 countries on six continents.
The benefits of an all- girls’ school do not come from separating girls from the boys, but from the ability of a girls’ school to focus entirely on the education, development, and well-being of girls. At Woodlands Academy girls learn experientially that they have no limits.
OUTSTANDING CHARACTERISTICS: In 2020, Woodlands Academy was recognized by the U. S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School. This coveted award, based on a school’s overall academic performance, affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.
Woodlands Academy was once again named Illinois’ top all-girls high school in the 2023 report by Niche, an independent research company, which also ranks Woodlands #1 Best Catholic High School in Illinois.