Academics

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Consistent with the Mission and Vision of St. Joan Antida High School (SJA), our academic program seeks to instill in our students a deep respect for intellectual values, academic integrity, and a lifelong passion for learning.

We provide an intellectually challenging college preparatory “International Baccalaureate (IB) for all” program that prepares students to live cooperatively in a global society.

Our students learn to:

  • Think critically and creatively
  • See connections among ideas and data
  • Problem-solve in different situations
  • Express themselves articulately with poise, clarity, and dignity
  • Recognize the value of reflective thinking

SJA follows a semester schedule with annual winter and spring breaks. The academic year begins in mid-August and ends the last week of May.

Our curriculum offers courses in the following departments: English, World Languages, Humanities (History), Science, Engineering (PLTW), Mathematics, Fine Arts, Physical and Health Education, and Theology. We also offer enrichment courses in English and Mathematics for students who need additional support.

Our average class size is 18 students and the ratio of students to full-time faculty is 9:1.

In many courses, class sections are organized on the basis of ability and level of skill development. Parents receive progress reports every six weeks. SJA prepares students for the American College Testing Program (ACT) examination in 11th grade and utilizes the Aspire examination through ACT to inform instruction in the lower grades (9 & 10). Seniors are encouraged to improve on their ACT scores and take a transition course in Cultural Literacy for real world skills needed after high school.

SJA News

The SJA Alumnae Association is excited to announce Citlali Mendieta-Ramos, SJA Class of 1997, as the 2017 Alumna of the Year Award recipient. The Alumna of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of an SJA alumna to her profession and/or community which support the mission of SJA.

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On Wednesday, August 16, over 27 juniors and seniors welcomed this year's Freshwomen to SJA! Link Crew is a high school transition program that welcomes 9th graders and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their high school experience.

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The Northwestern Mutual Foundation is giving $1.2 million in grants to support educational programs in Milwaukee.

The grants will support programs that display "measurable impact in the Milwaukee education system," with a focus on literacy programs that emphasize third-grade reading proficiency and mentoring programs, according to a news release

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