The Willows Academy

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Willows Academy
Academia Salices
1015 Rose Avenue
Des Plaines, Illinois 60016
United States
Type Private, All-Women
Motto Veritatem Facientes in Caritate
(Proclaiming the truth in love. Ephesians 4: 15)
Dean Mrs. Cammy Czarnik, Mrs. Huntington
Principal Mrs. Jeanne Petros
Chaplain Fr. Gerry Kalf
Grades 612
Enrollment 250 (2012-13)
Color(s) Blue and White         
Fight song "Eagles soar, eagles soar, fight to win, beat the foe, up the score, we are blue and white, we will always fight, eagles soar, eagles soar!"
Mascot Penelope the Eagle
Team name Eagles
Accreditation American Independent Schools Association
Newspaper "Beyond the Clock"
Tuition $13.000 (high school), $8.250 (middle school)
Affiliation Opus Dei[1]

The Willows Academy is an all-girls private school in Des Plaines, Illinois, United States, with its religious education under the direction of Opus Dei. The school is divided into the Middle School (6-8) and High School (9-12). There are approximately 250 students enrolled in grades 6-12, with about 25 students per middle school class and forty students per high school class.[2] The original school was located on Vernon Avenue in Glencoe, IL. The second location was in Niles, IL.

The Willows Academy is the sister school of Northridge Preparatory School. The school is a member of the Illinois High School Association and the Independent Schools' League. The Academy was named one of the best 50 Catholic secondary schools in the nation in 2008 and is on the 2008 Catholic High School Honor Roll.[3]


The school was founded in 1974 by a group of parents and educators in the Chicago area.


The Willows Academy has four sports that compete under IHSA regulations in the Class A division. The Willows offers a variety of athletics to girls in all grades.

The Willows is associated with the Independent Schools League (ISL) and competes in inter-league volleyball, cross country, basketball, softball and soccer.

Middle School Athletics: Volleyball, Cross County, Basketball, Soccer

High School Athletics: Volleyball, Cross Country, Golf, Basketball, Swimming, Soccer, Softball


  1. ^ James Martin, S.J. (February 25, 1995). "Opus Dei In the United States". America. America Press. Retrieved 2007-11-10. 
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