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

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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