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This award winning photo was created by a student at The Willows Academy.

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Principal Jeanne Petros

Principal Jeanne Petro, Fr. Mark Mannion, Alumni Mary Conroy from Relevant Radio, parents and students are special guests on our show. This unique school is celebrating their 40th year. They started out with parents who wanted an independent school, run by parents, yet inspired by Catholicism with 30 girls enrolled. Now it has grown to 230 students in grades 6th-12. The focus of the school is to be a college preparatory school and to form “Citizen Saints”. They truly create a culture of ideals and individualism, yet a warm and nurturing community in which to grow.

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Fr. Mark Mannion

Fr. Mark Mannion is a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei and the chaplain of The Willows Academy in Des Plaines and Midtown Educational Foundation in Chicago. He preaches recollections and gives spiritual direction in Chicago.  Fr. Mark explains that they have daily mass, but each student has the freedom to choose whether or not to attend mass each day since having this freedom develops the possibility of loving God and it is more of an endeavor of their own. Listen to hear more about what else sets them apart: their progress towards Holiness follows this path – form the parents, then the facility and last but not least, the girls. Simply amazing concepts unfold through the activities and rich culture of this school.

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Click here for The Willow Academy website.  Call their school to speak with Kathy Ferry, Admissions Director at 847.824.6900

This school has been ranked 2nd in the Chicago Metro area among All-Girls high schools.  Click here to learn more about the ranking system at Niche.

This school was awarded 2008 Schools of Excellence
2008 Catholic High School Honor Roll (Top 50) from The Cardinal Newman Society.  We have interviewed a director from the Cardinal Newman Society and have a show dedicated to making parents aware of this organization and how it can help parents.  Click here to find out more about this show we did with them in Nov. 2016.

Art and creativity abound at this school:

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