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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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The St. Joan Antida Board of Directors, with the full support of the Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida, unanimously voted to name Elizabeth Lingen Principal of St. Joan Antida High School (SJA) effective July 1. With this appointment the school will be returning to a President/Principal model for its key leadership roles.

Lingen has worked in Catholic higher and secondary education her entire professional career. In addition to her strong academic experience as Assistant Head of School, Lingen has also served on the school's Leadership Team as Dean of Students and Director of Admissions during her 11 year tenure at St. Joan's. Prior to her experience at SJA, Lingen

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The Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida share an important message regarding a leadership transition at St. Joan Antida High School. Questions or concerns should be directed to Joel Cencius, Director of Development and Communications at (414) 274-4710 or jcencius@saintjoanantida.org. Please continue to visit our website for the latest in SJA news and events. .

Thank you for your continued support of St. Joan Antida High School and its students.

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Alumna's Life Comes Full Circle

The oldest of seven children, Christine Weidner '68 was born and raised on Milwaukee's north side. Her father owned and operated Emery's bike shop, which is successfully in operation to this day. However, with seven children at home, money was always tight. In order to attend St. Joan Antida High School (SJA), Weidner had to work in order to pay for her own tuition, book fees and uniforms.

Read more about Alumnae Spotlight: Christine Weidner, '68