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About Us

Mission Statement: Centered in Christ, St. Joseph Catholic Academy builds scholars, leaders and stewards who will transform the world.

Who We Are

At St. Joseph Catholic Academy (SJCA), we are a comprehensive 3K through grade 12 Catholic college preparatory school designed to educate the whole child.

Students of all religions and backgrounds are welcomed into an environment where they will learn and grow in a manner that promotes academic excellence, high moral standards, personal responsibility, and physical wellness. Inquiry is at the heart at of learning at SJCA with an intentional focus on discovery, experience, curiosity, and collaboration.

At all levels, preschool, elementary, middle and high school, SJCA upholds the highest ideals of scholarship, citizenship, and faith. These school divisions work closely together to create a cohesive educational experience, integrating Catholic values with academic rigor and an embedded commitment to service.

What We Know

Our students are known, loved, and encouraged to be their very best selves.

Our teachers are truly dedicated to our students and work towards building scholars, leaders, and stewards who will change the world. From their earliest years, our students learn to ask questions, pursue knowledge, seek the truth, and love learning. They think deeply, read expansively, and express themselves clearly in writing and speech. Our students are leaders and their vision, values, and beliefs will shape the direction of our world.

A myriad of opportunities at SJCA create critical thinkers who are ready to lead in many different arenas. Acknowledging God as Creator of All, our students are expected to use the resources of time, talent, and treasure to serve others. With the Lancer Value system as a touchstone, SJCA forms students who live as disciples of Christ.

School Profile

The SJCA School Profile describes the nature of our curriculum. It notes our advanced courses in our curriculum, presents average test scores, provides a statistical portrait of our student body, lists our graduation requirements, and shows the colleges and universities that have accepted our students.

Accredited By


Originally Founded


by the School Sisters of St. Francis


Blue and Yellow



At A Glance

School Levels

PreK -12

Student Body

700+ Students

Honors / A.P.

20+ Honors Courses / 11 Advanced Placement (AP) Courses




One-to-One Laptop Program

History Built on Tradition

Originally founded in 1957 by the School Sisters of St. Francis as St. Joseph High School, St. Joseph Catholic Academy has always been an educational leader, consistently meeting the evolving needs of the local community. In the early 1990s, responding to requests from many of the local grade schools, St. Joseph added a junior high school to its building. Supported by several parishes, this addition provided the targeted instruction, specialized learning environment, and enhanced facility that pre-adolescent students need. Around that same time, St. Joseph became an Archdiocesan school with a layperson board of trustees.

St. Joseph Catholic Academy is Founded 

Officially opened on July 1, 2010 on two proximate campuses, SJCA is supported by ten local parishes and has grown to be the largest private school in the area. With its comprehensive focus on academic, moral, social and spiritual development throughout a student’s entire educational journey, SJCA has strong outcomes that validate its unique educational model.  SJCA has the highest graduation rates, the highest average ACT scores and the highest AP pass rates in Kenosha County.  Even more importantly, every SJCA student from the youngest preschoolers to graduating seniors is committed to serving God, others and the community.

The SJCA Team


Administrative Leadership Team

Robert Freund
President/High School Principal

Matthew Rizzo
Principal - Middle School

Kerstin Santarelli
Principal - Elementary/Preschool

Board of Trustees


Kyle Vitkus, Chair

Beth Bahr, Vice Chair

Peter Speca, Treasurer

Teresa LaMacchia, Secretary

Dr. Thomas Ambro, Past Chair


Mr. Mike Bain
Fr. Todd Belardi
Sr. Louise K. Bernier, SSSF
Mr. Tim Connolly
Mr. Robert Freund
Christine Genthner
Fr. Sean Granger
Mrs. Jeanne Kessler
Mr. Robert Kaczmarek
Mr. William Koenes
Fr. Robert McDermott
Dr. Emmanuel Otu
Mr. Brock Portilia, SJHS Endowment Board Representative
Mr. Horace Staples
Fr. Roman Stikel
Mr. Bruce Varick
Mr. Dreu Viola

Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff Directory

Contact Lower Campus

7207 14th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53143

Phone: (262) 656-7360
Fax: (262) 654-1615


Contact Upper Campus

2401 69th Street
Kenosha, WI 53143

Phone: (262) 654-8651
Fax: (262) 654-1615 

Career Opportunities 

Our current list of open employment opportunities. 

The Lancer Value System

St. Joseph Catholic Academy is committed to a model of behavior that is based on the foundations of  Catholic values, morals, and beliefs, and is known as the Lancer Value System— the standard for all behavioral activity by which all those associated with the institution are held accountable, both on the school campus and in the community at large.

Frequently Asked Questions

Lower Campus

7207 14th Ave
Kenosha, WI 53143
Call Lower Campus

Upper Campus

2401 69th St
Kenosha, WI 53143
Call Upper Campus