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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

More than 65 years ago, the Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida began the annual Spaghetti with the Sisters event as a way to bring the community together in support of the young women of St. Joan Antida High School (SJA). This year SJA was committed to carrying on this time-honored tradition with an all-new "Bring the Tradition Home" event which took place on Sunday, November 1.The event raised a record $182,000 to support the students of St. Joan Antida High School – more than tripling the results of past year's Spaghetti proceeds.

With the cancelation of the school's spring Gala due to COVID-19, school staff worked with a volunteer-driven committee to combine two signature fundraisers into this all-new format. There were several new components to this year's Spaghetti with the Sisters event: carryout only service, SJA's partnership with the Riverwest Food Pantry, a silent/live auction, and the launch of a new fund to honor the Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida.

Read more about St. Joan Antida High School's Iconic Spaghetti with the Sisters Event Raises Record Funds

August 28, 2020

Dear St. Joan Antida High School Family,

The administration, faculty, and staff of St. Joan Antida High School, like the rest of Wisconsin and the country, are feeling the weight of the persistent acts of racism. We pray for justice for Jacob Blake, as well as for George Floyd, Breanna Taylor, Joel Acevedo, and the countless other victims of police brutality. We pray for peace and for real and substantive change to policies that perpetuate racism.

As a community of faith and followers of Christ, we recognize we are also called to action. We stand in full support of our students and continually take steps to ensure that their voices are heard. We must consistently examine how our own beliefs and biases affect the students with whom we interact every day. We must determine the ways that our school community can work to make sure that the larger community in which our students live is one that recognizes and honors their human dignity.

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New Principal Named

After an extensive search, St. Joan Antida High School is pleased to name Megan Otero as the school's new principal. Otero most recently served as the academic dean for Notre Dame School of Milwaukee. She firmly believes in the solid foundation that a Catholic education provides for all students and values the all-girl learning environment. Through her own experience, she understands the formative role both traits have played in her own life. Otero has experienced the hallmarks of a Catholic education from the standpoint of student, teacher, and administrator.

New Assistant Principal Named

Elizabeth (Betsi) Lingen '93 has been named assistant principal at St. Joan Antida High School (SJA). Lingen previously served SJA as principal for the past two years and made the decision to transition to this new role due to a desire to have more direct student interaction. As Assistant Principal, Lingen will oversee student life and culture and will spend 50% of her time in the classroom teaching, serving as chair of the History department.

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