Woodlands competes in the Independent School League (ISL), and as a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). WA sponsors volleyball, tennis, field hockey, basketball, soccer, and softball as varsity sports. The school sponsors golf as a club sport, in addition to being affiliated with North Suburban Crew and the Lake Forest Scouts ice hockey team to permit participation in crew and ice hockey.
W.A.C.O.R: Woodlands Academy Council of Representatives.
Service Club: each advisory (see above definition) elects a member to represent them and report back information pertaining to service.
Over the over 150 years of the school's existence, a number of secular and religious traditions have evolved, some of which are unique to Woodlands:
Congé is a day when classes are cancelled and students spend the rest of the day having fun. It is often not announced in advance.
Sacred Heart Awards are awards given to two members of each class and a faculty member at the end of each quarter. Students submit nominations based on compassion and service.
Goûter are snacks and other refreshments which are served on special occasions, or as a surprise to students and staff.
Wildcat of the Week Award is a spirit award given to students who show the most school spirit. The winner is decided by the student council.
Cache Cache is a French game of hide and seek played on special days throughout the year.
Red and White Days are days when students are allowed to dress out of uniform while wearing the school's colors.
Honors Assemblies are held twice a year to honor academic achievement.
May Crowning is a traditional Catholic ceremony which honors Mary, by crowning a statue of her with a wreath of flowers. Students and faculty choose the participants.
A Ring Ceremony is held every Spring where Juniors are given their school rings by members of the senior class.
Lambs at the Crib is a Christmas tradition involving the school's crèche scene. Each student is assigned a figurine of a lamb to place by the scene, and moves it closer to the manger as students complete projects or good works.
Switch Night is a night when the non-boarding students spend the night at the boarding house.
Feast of Mater Admirabilis is an October religious celebration which honors Mary, and the sophomore class.
Mass of the Holy Spirit and Flag Ceremony is a celebration of the school's diversity. The celebration begins with a procession of students and staff carrying the flags of their homelands to the chapel for mass. The flags remain in the chapel for the remainder of the year.
Feast of Sain Rose Phillippine Duchesne is celebrated each year to honor the saint who brought the message of Sacred Heart education from France to North America in 1818.
^Mullery, Virginia (14 January 1996), "Star ingredients: Actress Susan Saint James takes center...", Chicago Tribune, retrieved 20 December 2010, "Star ingredients: Actress Susan Saint James takes center stage with her recipe for pasta sauce in the new hardcover cookbook "Secrets of the Sacred Heart," compiled by the Woodlands Academy Mothers' Club. Saint James, an alumnus of the Lake Forest school, said she got the recipe from "a nice lady in the supermarket.""
^Goudie, Chuck (24 June 2009). "N. Shore native is jilted wife in gov scandal". article. ABC 7 News Chicago. Retrieved 20 December 2010. "When Jenny Sullivan was growing up in north suburban Winnetka and attending the prominent Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart college prep in Lake Forest, she must have learned a few things about forgiveness ... Now, as the spurned spouse of high-profile Gov. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) she is turning the other cheek."