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12 | January 25, 2018 | 22nd century media private school guide Woodlands Academy prepares women for STEM careers Young women are losing ground in the STEM fields. At the bachelor’s degree level, between 2004 and 2014, the share of STEM-related bachelor’s degrees earned by women decreased in all seven discipline areas: engineering; computer science; earth, atmospheric and ocean sciences; physical sciences; mathematics; biological and agricultural sciences; and social sciences and psychology. Graduates of girls’ schools, however, are faring much better than their peers from coeducational institutions. Girls’ school graduates are three times more likely to consider majoring in engineering and six times more likely to consider majoring in math, science and technology. “Not only do our graduates go on to pursue degrees in the STEM fields,” says Head of School Meg Steele, “but they go on to become leaders. We are immensely proud that our graduates are blazing trails in traditionally male-dominated fields.” Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart is Lake County’s only singlegender school. Located in Lake Forest, the 160 year-old school is an independent, Catholic day and boarding, college-preparatory school for young women of all faiths grades nine through 12. It’s challenging academic program and extracurricular offerings prepare students to pursue degrees in STEM fields. For example, the Woodlands Academy Robotics team advanced to the FTC Illinois State BRIGHT HORIZONS: WHERE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE BEGINS For more than 30 years, Bright Horizons ® has been partnering with Chicagoland families to provide engaging, enriching early education and preschool programs and camps that meet working parents’ needs while preparing their children for elementary school and beyond. Individualized, emergent curriculum for infants through kindergarten prep, plus preschool and school-age camps Flexible schedules for busy, working families with full- and part-time options Championship in 2017. Additionally, Woodlands Academy students earned an average score of 4.5 on the A.P. Calculus exam compared to a 2.9 national average in 2016. Woodlands Academy students also show academic strength across all disciplines evidenced by the fact that nearly one-inthree Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart Class of 2017 were honored by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) State Scholars. Honorees were chosen based on a combination of exemplary ACT or SAT test scores and sixth-semester class rank. They typically rank in or near the top 10 percent of high school seniors from 765 high schools across the state. Founded in 1858, Woodlands Academy is an independent Catholic college preparatory day and boarding high school for young women. It’s part of a worldwide network of Sacred Heart Schools that spans the United States and 40 other countries. A nonprofit, Woodlands Academy’s identity is rooted in Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat’s desire to inspire young hearts and minds to excel, to lead lives of integrity and to serve. Submitted by Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart, 760 E. Westleigh Road, Lake Forest, (847) 234-4300, Schedule a Visit Bright Horizons Early Education & Preschool 877-624-4532 | Locations throughout the city and suburbs, including Northbrook, Skokie, Evanston, and Deerfield © 2017 Bright Horizons Family Solutions LLC PROGRAMS AVAILABLE FOR 2, 3, AND 4 YEAR OLDS private school guide 22nd century media | January 25, 2018 | 13 The Goddard School offers families different educational opportunities For nearly 30 years, The Goddard School has been a trusted name among parents and families. Its classrooms are safe, nurturing environments for children 6 weeks - 6 years, offering age-appropriate opportunities to explore and discover. From infants to toddlers, preschoolers to kindergarteners, highly trained teachers lead each child to reach developmental milestones, preparing the children for social and academic success. At The Goddard School, the on-site owners, Andrew and Mary Fratini, work to make sure every family enjoys a warm, positive experience. They strive to provide the best quality program for each child year-round, offering full-time and part-time schedules with open enrollment. The F.L.EX.® Learning Program (Fun Learning Experience) ensures that they meet high standards specific to early learning, development and care. The F.L.EX.® Learning Program is grounded in research on how children learn best: children experience the deepest, most genuine learning when they are having fun. It’s designed to help build each child’s emotional, academic, social, creative and physical skills – including 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking - to provide a well-rounded experience and help each one become schoolready, career-ready and lifeready. Twenty-first century skills also tie in directly with STEAM learning (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics). Introducing these subjects early on helps promote children’s natural curiosity in them, increasing the chance that children will pursue STEAM-related careers later on in life. “Supporting STEAM learning at the preschool level involves identifying activities children naturally do for opportunities to further guide them,” Andrew Fratini said. “When children solve puzzles or play with blocks, they create pathways in their brains that help with more advanced STEAM skills later on.” The preschool and pre-kindergarten classrooms integrate this play-based learning philosophy into their lesson plans. In the preschool classroom, children use a variety of interesting, hands-on learning and reading materials to make play more complex and challenging. Their play also becomes more social and cooperative as they build their social skills, make friends and learn to collaborate. Children continue their journey of exploration and discovery in the pre-kindergarten classroom. Teachers help them apply their developing literacy and math skills through fun, purposeful learning experiences. Play-based learning is so effective that the results of a recent review by the Children’s Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA) show that Goddard School students score 45 percent higher on mathematics and literacy assessments compared to non-Goddard peers. CPAA is an early childhood assessment system that assists teachers in making informed and individualized instructional decisions. Submitted by The Goddard School, 9651 Gross Point Road, Skokie,, 847-773-0200. Lake Forest Academy is an independent, co-ed, college preparatory school for boarding and day students located in the Chicago suburb of Lake Forest. • Grades 9 to 12 • 435 students • 40 countries and 16 states • 30 miles north of Chicago 1500 W Kennedy Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045 847-615-3267 Spring Open House: April 22, 2018