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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.

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SJA News

The Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida and the St. Joan Antida High School Board of Directors announced today the selection of Cecelia Gore as the recipient of the 2019 Trailblazer in Women's Leadership Award. The award will be presented to Ms. Gore at St. Joan Antida High School's 26th Annual Auction, held on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

The Trailblazer in Women's Leadership Award acknowledges important women in the Milwaukee community who are trailblazers in their career and whose life and actions reflect the mission of St. Joan Antida High School. More than 64 years ago, the Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida were trailblazers in creating a place where they sought to educate and empower young women from all backgrounds. Today, St. Joan Antida High School is Milwaukee's premier all-girl urban high school located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. Above all else, recipients of this award serve as role models for the young women of St. Joan Antida High School.

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St. Joan Antida High School (SJA) is thrilled to welcome Rebecca "Becca" Surges as the newest addition to our Leadership Team. Becca is a seasoned leader with a passion for all-women and all-girl education.

For the past 10 years, Becca has held various positions at institutions, including St. Joan Antida High School (as a past-Director of Admissions and Marketing), Alverno College, and most-recently Mount Mary University. Becca is a proud graduate of Alverno College where she earned a bachelor's degree in Professional Communication and a master's degree in Organizational Development. Becca truly appreciates and understands the value of an all-female education.

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St. Joan Antida (SJA) High School, Milwaukee's only all-girl International Baccalaureate World School (IB), has named Marikris Coryell as President. Coryell was selected by the school's Presidential Search Committee, and approved by the Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida. Coryell was chosen from a pool of five finalists resulting from a three-month search process following Paul Gessner's departure as Head of School for a position out of state. She brings more than 30 years of experience in business, operations and entrepreneurism, along with extensive non-profit and education service, to the position. Coryell will officially assume her duties on Sept. 4.

"Marikris Coryell's extensive experience and entrepreneurial spirit, along with a proven passion for values-based education, will help ensure our students are prepared to lead and serve," said Sister Theresa Rozga, Provincial for the Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida. "Her ability to influence organizational growth and personal development reflects the spirit of our foundress who inspired young women to go out and change the world."

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