I garduated SJA in 2005 and the experience I had there was AMAZING! The diversity of the students and staff truly make SJA a great learning environment. I entered SJA shy, scared and inhibited and left as a strong, confident young woman ready for the world. While I was a student, my favorite part was reachiong out to the community through our wonderful annual spaghetti dinner, culture performances and many more. Now as an alum, I look forward to attending those events are re-living old memories.
During my four years at St. Joan Antida High School, not only did I receive a wonderful Catholic education, it gave me an introduction to the workforce through the co-op program where I had the opportunity to obtain professional skills, it also was where the bond of my most cherished friendships began. The St. Joan Antida faculty is there for each and every girl and they give 100%.
St. Joan Antida High School is the Best! I wouldn't be where I am today without this wonderful formation and education.
I attended St. Joan Antida in the 1990's and still think fondly of the experiences I had there. It is a place of true diversity, tremendously caring teachers and administration, on that inspires the highest in its students. I was well prepared for all my future endeavors and would recommend SJA to anyone. I have kept an eye on SJA in all years since and attended many events.
As a graduate of the Class of '83, I gained so much by attending SJA. In addition to the education, I benefited from the all female, diverse population. I made some great friends and learned lessons in community service and living your faith. This school truly helps build character and successful young women!
As a 1969 graduate of SJA, I was able to experience diversity before it was in vogue. What a great privilege! The classes were small and we had all the help and encouragement we could possibly need to succeed; without the distraction of boys. I went on to become an RN and am always proud to tell people where I went to high school. J. Rochwerger
At SJA I was exposed to Diversity at its best and learned that the world is much more than what's in my own backyard. Not many schools encourage girls or low-income students to take 4 years of math, science, and advanced courses like SJA did. I am now an accountant and have served my community for 9 years as a public servant in politics & education. I credit the high expectations of my teachers at SJA for pushing me toward success.
I wanted to attend a high school with a small student body and St. Joan Antida H. S. was the school I chose. I never regretted my choice. I got an excellent education. Sisters and other staff members were totally dedicated. I felt "at home" at SJA and in fact, it was my home-away-from-home. The clubs and activities helped me to hone skills and make lasting friends. The importance of prayer and values also had a great impact on my life. Ultimately I chose to join the Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida and after I completed my college degree I taught in the theology department for over 20 years. I also worked with the guidance department specializing in college counseling. I love the school. As Sisters of Charity we are dedicated to serving young women who have many hurdles to jump over -- many more than existed when I was a high school student. We continue to strive for excellence in our programs and do all that is humanly possible to touch the heart and life of each young woman who comes to St. Joan Antida. We continue to be a small high school where students benefit from more individual attention. Teachers and staff go the extra mile to help each young woman grow into an adult who is competent, confident and prepared to face the challenges that life offers.
I graduated from St. Joan's over 40 years ago, but know graduates from the 1990's and 2000's. What we agree upon is each of us was encourged to develope and use our talents, to have happy, fulfilling lives. The staff has changed over the years but they still work to show each student what her best talents are, and how to develope them, even if the student isn't always aware of the talents.
Back in the 60's there were not many alternatives for high school programs that could accomplish the feats of academics, social activities, faith-based involvement, and overall maturity. However, St. Joan Antida accomplished all of that and more. As a graduate back in 1967 I hold tightly to all of the memories of my four years at SJA. When I left Milwaukee I knew that my own children would not know the honor of a St. Joan Antida education. Always remember that academics is only one piece of the puzzle. How to function in the world with maturity, decency, and a good sense of humor makes all the difference in personal success. Thank God for SJA.
I graduated from SJA in 1991 and I can honestly say the experience has made me a better person. I currently have a MBA in Finance and if it wasn't for SJA's strive to excellence even back in the early 90's I don't know where I would be. Even though the economy is in a recession and I have been laid off and can't find a job right now, but I still communnicate with people who are involved with the school and they keep me motivated and inspired.
I graduated from SJA 41 years ago and credit my education and the positive environment at SJA with preparing me to be successful. A non-coed education is a real choice that should be considered. I graduated at a time when women were not generally recognized as leaders or given many opportunities. My SJA education didn't automatically teach limitations... in fact, just the opposite. I highly recommend SJA and know that any young woman who is lucky enough to attend this school will also look back, as I do, knowing it was the right choice!
As a former graduate of SJA I cannot explain all the ways that my life has been shaped and the values I took away with me after graduation. Diversity, self awareness and the drive to suceed are all easily incorporated into every day life and lessons at SJA. You are not just a face in the crowd- you are a part of something bigger where every voice is heard.
I graduated from Saint Joan Antida's way back in 1958 and the values instilled in me at this all girls high school remain with me today. Although diversity was not spoken of then - by the time the rest of the country got on the band wagon, they found SJA alums leading the way.
I recently sent this to Mrs. Susan Henzig, former Vice Principal for SJA...I think it pretty much sums up my experience: "So, I was thinking about you and SJA today. I participate in a dialogue circle about race and ethnicity as part of my job (with colleagues) and every time I have those conversations it amazes me that so much of the way I view the world was shaped by ...the experience I had at St. Joan's. When I talk about the experience (after people look at me like I'm crazy when I tell them I went to an all girl's school), they start to become amazed at what I learned about the world, culture, religion and spirituality, and race and ethnicity while attending a Catholic school. So, I just wanted to say thank you :) I wouldn't be doing what I am doing, and standing up for the things I stand up for, and educating the students I have an opportunity to interact with, if I wouldn't have had the experience I did."
I am a proud alumni of St Joan Antida High School. The experiences I had there, specifically with having the ability to be involved in so many different clubs and multicultural groups, has been a wonderful foundation for me in my life. I believe that because of my experiences at SJA that I am where I am today, running my own successful business for the past 6 year as well as being a leader in my church and with other community programs.