About Us

Wood Oaks houses students in sixth through eighth grades. After graduation, students attend Glenbrook North High School. Wood Oaks has approximately 440 students and 75 staff members.

Wood Oaks has been listed as the top junior high school in Cook County. The rankings were published in the September 2018 issue of Chicago Magazine under "Best Public Schools: The Top 155 in the City and Suburbs." Additionally, Wood Oaks Principal Rob McElligott was featured in a "Principal Spotlight."

Chicago Magazine: Best Public Schools 2018

Chicago Magazine: Principal Spotlight 



Rob McElligott, Principal

Rob McElligott, Ed.D.

(847) 272-1900, ext. 5530

Asst. Principal

Cari Beake, Assistant Principal

Cari Beake

(847) 272-1900, ext. 5533

School Mascot


Mr. McElligott with Wildcat, Wood Oaks's mascot

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I do if my child is sick, or will be absent for the day?

Parents of students who will not be in attendance during the school day are asked to call the school office at 847-272-1900 before 7:45 a.m. to notify the school office of their children's absences as well as the reason for the absence. Absence information may be left on voice mail.

Parents who do not call the school when their children are absent will receive a call from the school. This telephone message policy has been implemented in order to assure safety and security of the children.

Regular attendance is an important part of being a responsible student. Therefore, our Board of Education policy requires all students to be in full attendance for the entire school day. State attendance reporting regulations require a student must be in attendance 2.5 hours in both the a.m. and p.m. or be reported absent for the respective half of the day. Students arriving late, but within the 2.5-hour limit shall be considered tardy.

Can I visit the school?

All visitors who visit the school must sign in at the main office. They must leave their drivers license in the office the entire time they are in the building. A badge and lanyard will be issued to all visitors who visit any area of the school. The lanyard should be worn so that it is visible to all staff members.

In order to maintain a productive learning environment, cell phone use is not permitted in the building. Anyone needing to use a cell phone is asked to do so outside.

Wood Oaks Jr. HIgh

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.

Office Staff

Julia Dulek
Principal's Secretary
(847) 272-1900, ext. 5532
Renee Steinberg
Asst. Secretary
(847) 272-1900, ext. 5534
Norma Mena
Asst. Secretary
(847) 272-1900, ext. 5125
Betty Greenholt
School Nurse
(847) 272-1900, ext. 5536