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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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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

SJA is proud to announce that junior Daijahnay Canady has been named the Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year for the state of Wisconsin, the highest honor given to Boys & Girls Club members. Canady competed against thousands of other teens in Wisconsin to earn this honor. A survivor of sexual assault, Canady shares her journey of acceptance and self-discovery.

Read more about SJA Student Named Wisconsin's "Youth of the Year!"

Can't attend this year's Auction but want to help? You can support our students by donating to SJA's 2018 Wish Tree. Donation options include much needed school items such as the following:

  • Classroom sets (15 books) of "The Great Gatsby" ($175 each set)
  • ACT Prep materials for one student ($100 each)
  • IB Environmental Science Textbooks ($75 each)
  • RoboChix Robotics Program field and robot supplies ($500)
Read more about Help Grant a Wish For our Students!