Award Year: 2020

Woodlands Academy Of The Sacred Heart

760 E Westleigh Road
Lake Forest, IL, 60045-3263

(847) 234-4300

Mr. Rocco Gargiulo, Principal at time of Nomination

Independent School under the Archdiocese of Chicago

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Woodlands Academy commits to educate to a personal and active faith in God, respect for intellectual values, social awareness, building of community, and personal growth.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 9%
  • White: 53%
  • Hispanic: 25%
  • Asian: 11%
  • Two or more races: 2%
Actively engaged in learning, Woodlands Academy students measure instantaneous velocity.

Actively engaged in learning, Woodlands Academy students measure instantaneous velocity.

Through the transcendent power of relationship, Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart prepares each student to think more deeply, to act more courageously, and to grow more intentionally to enable her to confidently navigate the world as a powerful force for good.

As a member of a worldwide network of Sacred Heart schools, Woodlands offers an education steeped in a global outlook with ties that span six continents. The school's Center for Global Studies offers students unparalleled access to explore the world through international exchange, academic scholarship, and global travel. Each Woodlands student is engaged in the creation of a personalized education enabled by the school's size and teachers' commitment to know each young woman beyond the four walls of the classroom. She has access to abundant opportunities that challenge her in an atmosphere of spiritual growth and contemplation. Woodlands cultivates an environment that values each person's gifts, talents, and unique identities as an integral part of the building of a caring, connected, and inclusive community.

Every leadership position, concert solo, and seat in a classroom is held by a young woman who is learning in an atmosphere that is designed to empower her to lead, to compete, to engage, and to explore. Girls are front and center at Woodlands Academy and the school fully lives the sentiment that empowered girls change the world.