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Empowering young women for more than 60 years!

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Founded in 1954, St. Joan Antida High School (SJA) is an all-girl Catholic high school sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida that stands out among educational institutions in Wisconsin. Located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, SJA serves a culturally and economically diverse student population, shaping and challenging the minds of today's young women.

From its founding, the St. Joan Antida High School Sisters, Faculty and Staff have combined care, discipline and academic challenge to nurture each young woman's giftedness with college preparatory curricula. As Milwaukee’s newest International Baccalaureate World School (IB), SJA is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty by providing a competitive education to its students in offering an educational model that is oriented toward academic quality, a culture of excellence, and student-centered learning.

We invite you to explore the history of St. Joan Antida High School, our mission and the greatest examples of our work - our graduates.

Learn more about what makes a SJA education unique in the video below.

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SJA News

Official St. Joan Antida High School statement regarding transportation lawsuit


From Paul T. Gessner, Head of School:

"Safe and reliable student transportation is a top priority for St. Joan Antida High School families and the leadership team of the school. State law requires that Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) provide transportation as a basic need for families living within the district. Without transportation, our families do not have the option to send their children to the school of their choice.

On behalf of our families, we have requested that MPS honor its role and responsibility in ensuring that our students' transportation needs are met in the same manner that it does for students attending city-wide public schools. It is our intent to achieve a fair resolution to this issue, utilizing the court system, so that our students and their families receive the same transportation benefits as those attending public city-wide high schools."

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St. Joan Antida High School is Positively Milwaukee!


Thank you to Carole Meekins and TMJ4 for featuring St. Joan Antida High School in a Positively Milwaukee segment. The piece highlights our visual arts program and how we have incorporated that curriculum into our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focus to form STEAM. Visual arts is a part of the school's core subject areas within the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.

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St. Joan Antida High School students participate in Hidden Figures of Milwaukee event


Students from St. Joan Antida High School joined members of the Women's Fund and others from the community for this intergenerational conversation. The panelists candidly addressed questions about the challenges they face in their careers and how they have successfully climbed the career ladder. They drew comparisons between their own lives and what the women in Hidden Figures experienced, and offered advice to those in attendance.

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