About Us

Wood Oaks Junior High is proud to serve approximately 460 students in grades 6, 7, and 8. Students within District 27 consistently perform well on the State IAR testing. Upon completion of their 8th grade year, students successfully continue their education at Glenbrook North High School in District 225.  

Our staff of approximately 80 highly qualified teachers and support staff work diligently to meet the needs of all the students at Wood Oaks. We offer a wide range of academic levels, courses, and extracurricular opportunities for students. Students and staff are consistently using new and innovative technology to enrich the learning environment. Students are encouraged to take ownership of their learning and develop their self-advocacy skills during their growth at Wood Oaks. 

Wood Oaks has twice been recognized by the Department of Education receiving the Blue Ribbon Award in 2011 and again in 2022. The Chicago Magazine also recognized Wood Oaks as the top junior high school in Cook County in September 2018. These recognitions are a source of pride within the school community which helps Wood Oaks continue to strive for excellence.

National Blue Ribbon School 2022 Seal.
1250 Sanders Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
Main Office Number:
(847) 272-1900
Fax Number:
(847) 480-4834
School hours:
8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Cari Beake, Principal, and the Wildcat mascot take a picture at the PTA %K race.

Office Staff


Cari Beake, Wood Oaks Principal

Cari Beake

(847) 272-1900, ext. 5530
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Assistant Principal

Paul Suminski, Wood Oaks Assistant Principal

Paul Suminski

(847) 272-1900, ext. 5533
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Principal's Secretary
(847) 272-1900, ext. 5532
School Secretary
Michelle Miller
(847) 272-1900, ext. 5534
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School Nurse
Jasmine Weeks
(847) 272-1900, ext. 5536
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