Willows Academy

The Willows Academy is an independent, college preparatoryschool that empowers young women in grades 6 - 12 to strive for academic and moral excellence and a lifelong commitment to service based on the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Enrollment: 236 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $16,500
  • Average class size: 20 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Willows Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Illinois for:


School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 6-12
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
236 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 34%
Students by Grade
Willows Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
28 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
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
Classroom Dress Code
Plaid Skirt/Blazer

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Financial aid/scholarships available.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Admissions Director
Sara Danielewicz


Total Sports Offered
7 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
14 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Art Club, Book Club, Culinary, Girls for Change, International Club, Medical, Model UN, Pro-Life Club, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Fall Play, Handbell Choir, Spring Musical

School Notes

  • Willows Academy is an all girl school with an all female faculty.
  • In partnership with parents, we facilitate the development of our student's character, intellect and love of God.
  • All courses at Willows Academy are taught at an honors level or above.
  • We proudly offer our unique mentoring program, where every student is paired with a mentor from our faculty, staff or Willow's community.
  • Our students embrace growth through participation in clubs,athletics and arts; no previous experience needed.
  • At the high school level we offer eight sports: Tennis, Volleyball, Cross Country, Basketball, Dance, Track and Field, Soccer and Softball.
  • 90% of our high school students take an AP Course.
  • We are 100% college acceptance.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Willows Academy cost?
Willows Academy's tuition is approximately $16,500 for private students.
What sports does Willows Academy offer?
Willows Academy offers 7 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field and Volleyball.
What is Willows Academy's ranking?
Willows Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Illinois for: Highest average ACT score and Most extracurriculars offered.
When is the application deadline for Willows Academy?
The application deadline for Willows Academy is Jan. 15 / rolling (applications are due on Jan. 15 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
I have enrolled two of my daughters at the Willows Academy. One graduated in 2016 as class salutorian. She accepted an $84,000 Presidential Scholarship and is preparing to graduate early. My other daughter, 6 years younger, grew up wanting to be a Willows girl. The faculty is outstanding. The mentor ship program is great. I love that they teach our girls how to be ladies with confidence in themselves.
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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!
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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
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Enrollment: 236 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $16,500
  • Average class size: 20 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Cook County, IL is $10,842 for elementary schools and $18,255 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Cook County, IL is 89% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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