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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Sports
    B
The Willows Academy is a top rated, private, all-girls, Catholic school located in Des Plaines, IL. It has 205 students in grades 6-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 8 to 1. Tuition is $13,000 for the highest grade offered. After graduation, 90% of students from this school go on to attend a 4-year college.
Address
1015 Rose Ave
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Telephone
(847) 824-6900

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$13,000
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
1490
6 responses
Average ACT
29
30 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.8 responses
Poll
88%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.8 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 47 responses
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  • The Kris Kringle Christmas Tradition
    19%
  • Field Day
    15%
  • The mother daughter luncheon
    15%
  • The Spring play
    13%
  • Spirit Week
    11%
  • The high school graduation.
    11%
  • The Willows Chamber Choir performances
    9%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
205
63%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.8 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.8 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.8 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
8:1
National
17:1
Poll
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.11 responses
Poll
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.11 responses
Poll
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.11 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
83%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.6 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.6 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.6 responses
Living in the Area
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$67,415
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,103
National
$949
Median Home Value
$242,600
National
$184,700
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The Willows Academy Reviews

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My time at the Willows truly was the best time of my life! Every time I think about it, I long to go back. Not only do the Theology teachers teach the Catholic teachings spectacularly well, but almost every teacher/administrative LIVES the faith and it is enormously apparent in everyday life at this school! That quality alone is priceless when it comes to choosing the right school for your daughter.
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My experience at the Willows Academy was amazing! I have close relationships with my teachers who I see as role models and mentors. The teachers truly care about each individual and the small environment really allows for a bond of all of the girls in each class. At the end of my four years, I can say these girls are my sisters and family.
Most of the teachers had a sincere and genuine interest in seeing their students succeed, but often went about it in the wrong way. For example, teachers would put tons of time and effort into a week-long curriculum about helping students find their Meyer-Briggs personality despite it having no relevance to academics whatsoever. The school's student body also lacks diversity to a concerning degree. 90% of students are the same race and hold the same political and religious beliefs and ideologies which really doesn't prepare the students for the real world, making it difficult to transition into college or the workforce. The academics, however, are generally excellent, especially anything involving essay writing.