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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.

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SJA News

Happy Mistakes Happen and Encouraged In St. Joan Antida High School Art Classes


It should have been a disaster — a ceramics project that exploded in the kiln, leaving one hardworking art student with a few shards of broken pottery instead of a completed piece fit for her portfolio.

But instead, it was a life lesson. "I kind of just rolled with it, and I made it into a piece that was way better than the original that I had," said Sarah Kopacz, a senior at St. Joan Antida High School and creator of the exploding dish. "Happy mistakes, I guess."

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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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