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Girls in Engineering Program

Girls in EngineeringSJA’s Girls in Engineering Program, in partnership with Project Lead The Way (PLTW) and the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), connects students with professionalengineers working for companies like Johnson Controls, who serve as mentors throughout the four-year hands-on program.


  • More than 500 SJA students have taken the Introduction to Engineering course since the program launched, a required course for all freshwomen
  • SJA offers a total of five engineering courses, in addition to an Introduction to Architecture course in partnership with the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee
  • 10 percent of SJA’s 2015 graduating class went on to attend the MSOE as part of the Girls in Engineering partnership between both schools
  • 114 SJA students are currently enrolled in engineering courses for the 2015-16 academic year
  • 63% of students who took Introduction to Engineering in 2014-15 are currently enrolled in the second-year Principals of Engineering course for the 2015-16 academic year

IB-for-all approach

IB-for-allSJA is the first all-girl high school in the U.S. and only second in the world to offer the IB Career-related Programme (CP), which provides an engineering-focused education.

The IB program at SJA includes:

  • A focus on student inquiry and goal setting
  • Internally and externally moderated assessments
  • A 4,000-word original research extended essay
  • Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) experiences in order to meet the seven Learning Outcomes
  • Total enrollment (100%) in IB classes for students in the 11th and 12th grade

SJA graduates are successful leaders in multiple industries

Successful alumnaeFollowing are just a few of SJA’s successful alumnae who are making a difference inthe communities they live and work in.

  • (1)Ginny Finn‘78—Executive Director, After Breast Cancer Diagnosis
  • JoCasta Zamarripa ‘94—WisconsinState Representative View Spotlight
  • (2)Citlali Mendieta-Ramos ‘97—Owner, Antigua Restaurant & Catering
  • (3)Griselda Aldrete ‘98—President & CEO, Hispanic Professionals of GreaterMilwaukee
  • (4)Naima Adedapo ‘03—Singer/songwriter, American Idol finalist View Spotlight
  • Elicia Turnbull ‘04—Security Engineer, Rockwell Automation View Spotlight

Current college students:

  • Erika Johnson ‘13—Sociology student, Dartmouth College View Fox6 News Story
  • Daneila Valle ‘13—U.S. Presidential Scholar, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
  • Sahara Aden ‘15—Electrical Engineering student, MSOE View Spotlight

Visit our Alumnae Spotlight page for more alumnae stories.

Awards and accreditations


  • SJA English Department Chair named a Herb Kohl EducationFoundation Fellow, March 2015
  • Stemmy Partnership Award, Nov. 2011
  • AdvanceED Accredited/NCA—50 Years of Continuous Accreditation, Oct. 2011


  • AdvanceED
  • National Catholic Educational Association
  • Project Lead The Way Pathway to Engineering Program
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
  • International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme