The Willows Academy

1015 Rose Avenue
Des Plaines, IL 60016-0600
Tel: (847)824-6900
Grades: 6 - 12 | 219 students
The Willows Academy is an independent college preparatory school that empowers young women to strive for academic and moral excellence and a lifelong commitment to service based on the teachings of the Catholic Church and the spirituality of Opus Dei.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Grades Offered Grades 6 - 12
Year Founded 1974

Student Body

Total Students 219 students
Student Body Type All-girls
% Students of Color 5%
State avg.: 32%
Students by Grade The Willows Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 26 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 60%
Average Class Size 20 students
Number of AP Courses 6 courses
Advanced Courses Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, European History, French Language, Latin, Spanish Language, U.S. History,
Average ACT score 27
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(Plaid Skirt/Uniform)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $14,000
Tuition Notes Financial aid/scholarships available.
% on Financial Aid 25%
Average Financial Aid Grant $4,500
Admissions Director Stephanie Sheffield
Admissions Associate Courtney Travers

Sports

Total Sports Offered 7 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
GolfSoccer,
SoftballSwimming,
Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 10 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Art Club, Chamber Choir, Environmental Club, Fall Play, Handbell Choir, International Club, Newspaper, Pro-Life Club, Spring Musical, Yearbook Art Club, Chamber Choir, Fall Play, Handbell Choir, Newspaper, Pro-Life Club, Spring Musical, Yearbook, Environmental Club,
International Club,

School Notes:

  • The Willows is an all girl school with an all female faculty.
  • All courses at The Willows are taught at an honors level or above.
  • Each student has an advisor who serves as her mentor throughout the seven years of the program.
  • This year's graduating class earned over $4 million in merit scholarships for college! (Average of $80K per student!) 

Profile last updated: 07/21/2015

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is The Camelot School (0.6 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Immanuel Lutheran School (0.4 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Immanuel Lutheran School (0.4 miles away)
All Schools High Schools Elementary Schools Preschools Public Schools
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Des Plaines
    Immanuel Lutheran School
    (Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod)
    Grades: PK-8 | 74 students
    0.4 miles
    832 Lee St
    Des Plaines, IL 60016
    (847)390-0990
    0.4PK-8
    74
  • Des Plaines
    Grades: PK-8 | 44 students
    0.5 miles
    733 Lee Street
    Des Plaines, IL 60016
    (847)768-7188
    0.5PK-8
    44
  • Des Plaines
    The Camelot School
    Special Education School
    Grades: 1-12 | 80 students
    0.6 miles
    1455a E Prairie Ave
    Des Plaines, IL 60016
    (847)391-8036
    0.61-12
    80
  • Des Plaines
    Science & Arts Academy
    Special Program Emphasis
    Grades: PK-8 | 238 students
    1 miles
    1825 Miner St
    Des Plaines, IL 60016
    (847)827-7880
    1PK-8
    238
  • Des Plaines
    Maryville Therapeutic Day School
    Special Education School
    Grades: 7-12 | 25 students
    1.1 miles
    555 Wilson Ln
    Des Plaines, IL 60016
    (847)768-5785
    1.17-12
    25

School Reviews

As a former teacher at The Willows, I can attest to the wonderful spirit of The Willows. During the twenty years which I taught, I found the administration very supportive and inspirational.. they truly were role models for intelligent, caring women. To this day, I have fond memories of my students and their school spirit ,and of my fellow teachers'' love and support. I looked forward to going to class EVERY day thanks to them. Carol Nalaski, former head of English Department
- Posted by Teacher, 05/24/14
As a graduate of The Willows Academy, I am so glad that I went to this school. The older I get, the more I realize just how important attending The Willows was for me. My closest friends are the ones I made at The Willows and I really had the best education- not only academically, but also in character and virtue. I wouldn''t be who I am today without The Willows!
- Posted by Student/Alumni, 03/27/13

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