2020 -2021 School Profile


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


St. Joseph Catholic Academy (SJCA) is a private college-preparatory Catholic school educating students in preschool through grade twelve. SJCA focuses on educational rigor, global standards of excellence and Catholic values. SJCA inspires 100% of its students to pursue higher learning, primarily at 4-year colleges and universities.


With its small class sizes and available technology, SJCA was well positioned to pivot to uninterrupted virtual learning when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020. While students finished the remainder of the year virtually, SJCA maintained its high academic standards. Students were expected to attend all classes, be accountable for their work, receiving letter grades reflecting their learning. SJCA opened to in-person instruction this fall. Over 90% of the class of 2021 attend SJCA in person. The remaining 10% attend virtually. All students are required to follow SJCA attendance, grading, and behavior policies. Due to the pandemic, clubs, service, and other extracurricular activities are being moved to the spring 2021 semester.


SJCA attracts over 800 students from SE Wisconsin and northern Illinois, with 232 students in the high school. Our students are economically and socially diverse. Almost 90% of our student body receives discounted tuition, scholarships or financial aid. Committed to educational accessibility for all, SJCA participates in the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program, a state voucher program for economically disadvantaged students. While SJCA is authentically Catholic, students of all backgrounds and faiths are welcomed into the SJCA community.


SJCA emphasizes service to others as a necessary component of personal development and global citizenship. Meaningful, independent student service is required for graduation.


Students must earn 29 credits to meet graduation requirements. SJCA offers a rigorous, collegeprep curriculum, with 13 Advanced Placement classes and many honors level course offerings. Students are challenged across all disciplines to think critically, analytically, and creatively.


New this year, SJCA utilizes a semester system comprised of eight 43 minute classes. In the past, the school day was comprised of seven 48-minute classes per day. The SJCA J-Term provides a supplement to traditional education through experiential learning for 10 days.


Students at SJCA participate in a wide array of competitive sports, clubs, and organizations. Students are encouraged to pursue their interests and passions to the fullest. All SJCA students are required to be in a club and students are encouraged to take leadership roles in these activities. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, clubs are currently not offered this semester.


SJCA will report major disciplinary taken against a student, notably suspensions and expulsions, to any university, college or scholarship program requesting such information.

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5 Year Advanced Placement (AP) Summary

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SJCA emphasizes rigor and encourages all students to take AP courses. SJCA does not require students to take the AP exams in May. SJCA does not allow freshmen to take AP classes. Enrollment in AP courses for sophomores, juniors, and seniors is by instructor permission.

  • Over 85% of SJCA graduates have taken at least 1 AP course.
  • Over 67% of SJCA graduates have taken at least 1 AP exam.
  • On average, SJCA AP students take 3 to 4 AP classes.
  • Over 100 SJCA students are AP Scholars.
  • 66% of students who took the AP exams received a score of 3 or higher

5 Year ACT Data

2016 99 31.7 30.1 26.8 22.8
2017 90 31.0 29.4 26.6 22.3
2018 99 31.9 30.4 27.4 22.7
2019 99 32.6 31.1 27.6 23.1
2020 100 32.3 30.5 27.4 22.9

2020-2021 Academic Curriculum

AP classes are offered generally to 11th, 12th, and a few 10th grade students. SJCA curriculum is college preparatory. In high school, students are required to carry seven credits each semester.

  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB/BC (2.o Credits)
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP English Language
  • AP English Literature
  • AP European History
  • AP Government & Politics
  • AP Microeconomics
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Physics
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Studio Art: 2-D Design
  • Business Law
  • Communications
  • Intro to Business
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Personal Finance
  • Publications/Newspaper
  • English Survey, Reg./Honors
  • American Lit., Reg./Honors
  • World Literature, Reg./Honors
  • British Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Mythology and Folklore
  • Art Foundations/Basic Draw
  • Art Metals & Staind Glass
  • Ceramics I, II
  • Computer Animation
  • Graphic Art
  • Intro to Paint
  • Advanced Paint/Draw/Print
  • Sculpture I, II
  • Studio Art I, II, & Honors
  • Algebra I
  • Algebra II, Reg/Honors
  • Algebra 1A/1B
  • College Algebra
  • Geometry Reg/Honors
  • Band
  • Choir
  • Health
  • Phys Ed. 1
  • Phys Ed. 2
  • Fit for Life
  • Individual Sports
  • Team Sports
  • Weight Training
  • Biology
  • Biology Honors
  • Chemistry
  • Pre-AP Chemistry, Honors
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Anatomy & Physiology Honors
  • Physics
  • Astronomy
  • High School Engineering
  • American Government
  • US History Reg/Honors
  • World History
  • American Issues
  • Economics
  • Sociology
  • World Issues
  • Theology I (9th Grade)
  • Theology II (10th Grade)
  • Theology III (11th Grade)
  • Theology IV (12th Grade)
  • Italian 1, 2 Reg.
  • Italian 3, 4, 5 Honors
  • Spanish 1, 2 Reg.
  • Spanish 3, 4, 5 Honors

Extracurricular Opportunities

SJCA offers several opportunities for learning and involvement outside of the classroom in activities, athletics, fine arts, and service.
• More than 36 clubs and other student activities
• 10 Male interscholastic sports
• 9 Female interscholastic sports
• All students participate in annual overnight retreats
• Studio Art Show
• Fall and Spring Musicals
• Christmas and Spring Band and Choir Concerts
• Holiday Outreach Program


Graduation Requirements

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All students are required to take 7 credits plus .25 J-Term credits each year.

  • English: 4.0 credits
  • Theology: 4.0 credits
  • Mathematics: 3.0 credits
  • Science: 3.0 credits
  • Social Studies: 3.0 credits
  • World Language: 2.0 credits
  • Physical Ed: 1.5 credits
  • Health: 0.5 credit
  • Fine Arts: 0.5 credit
  • Electives: 6.5 credits
  • J-Term: 1.0 credits

Grading Systems

The SJCA 4.0 grading system is shown below. Due to the small number of students in its graduating classes, SJCA does not rank students as it does not accurately reflect their academic accomplishments and potential for college success.

A 93-100 4.0
A- 90-92 3.67
B+ 87-89 3.33
B 83-86 3.0
B- 80-82 2.67
C+ 77-79 2.33
C 73-76 2.0
C- 70-72 1.67
D+ 67-69 1.33
D 63-66 1.0
D- 60-62 0.67
F 59 and Below 0.00
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SJCA College Acceptances 2015-2021

Listed are the colleges/universities where SJCA students have been accepted.

Alabama A&M
Allegheny College
Aquinas College
Arizona State University
Auburn University
Augsburg College
Augustana College
Ball State University
Bard College
Barnard College
Becker College
Belmont University
Beloit College
Benedictine University
Binghamton University
Boston College
Boston University
Bradley University
Butler University
California College of the Arts
Cardinal Stritch Univ.
Carleton College
Carroll College
Carthage College
Case Western Reserve Univ.
Catholic Univ. of America
Clarke University
Costal Carolina University
Colgate University
College of Lake County
College of the Holy Cross
College of Wooster
Concordia University
Cornell College
Creighton University
Denison University
DePaul University
Depauw University
Dominican University
Drake University
Edgewood College
Elmhurst College
Elmira College
Embry Riddle Aeronautical Univ.
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida State University
Fordham University
Franciscan Univ. of Steubenville
Franklin and Marshall College
Full Sail University
Furman University
Gateway Technical College
George Washington University
George Williams College
Grace College
Grand Canyon University
Grand Valley State University
Grinnell College
Gynedd Mercy University
Hilbert College
Howard University
Illinois State University
Illinois Wesleyan University
Indiana State University
Indiana University
Indiana Univ. – Bloomington
Iowa State University
Ithaca College
Jacksonville University
John Carroll University
Juanita College
Judson University
Kansas State University
Kent State University
Kenyon College
Knox College
Lake Forest College
Lakeland University
Lawrence University
Lewis University
Loras College
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Chicago – Rome
Loyola University Chicago
Luther College
Marian University
Marquette University
Merrimack College
Miami University, Ohio
Michigan State University
Middle Tennessee State University
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Minnesota State University
Missouri State University
Missouri Univ. of Science & Tech
Montana State University
Nazareth College
NC State University
Nebraska Wesleyan University
New York University
North Central College
North Central University
North Central Missouri University
North Park University
Northeastern University
Northern Arizona University
Northern Illinois University
Northern Michigan University
Northwestern University
Oberlin College & Conservatory
Ohio State University
Oklahoma State University
Olivet Nazarene
Oregon State University
Paris College of Art
Parkland College
Penn State University
Pratt Institute
Purdue University
Rhode Island School of Design
Rider University
Ringling College of Art & Design
Ripon College
Rockhurst University
Rose Hulman Inst. of Technology
Rutgers University
Saint Louis University
Saint Xavier University
Saint John’s University
San Diego State University
Santa Clara University
Savannah College of Art & Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of Visual Arts
Seton Hall University
Skagit Valley College
Southern Illinois University
State Univ. of New York at Buffalo
St. Ambrose University
St. Cloud State
St. John University
St. Lawrence University
St. Leo University
St. Louis University
St. Mary’s College, California
St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame
St. Mary’s University, MN
St. Michael College
St. Norbert College
St. Olaf College
St. Thomas University
State Univ. of NY—Binghamton
State Univ. of NY—Buffalo
Syracuse University
Texas Christian University
The College of Wooster
Thomas More College
Trine University
U.S. Military Academy-West Point
U.S. Naval Academy
Univ. of Alabama
Univ. of Arizona
Univ. of California-Davis
Univ. of California-Irvine
Univ. of California-Riverside
Univ. of California-Santa Barbara
Univ. of Colorado-Boulder
Univ. of Connecticut
Univ. of Dayton
Univ. of Denver
Univ. of Evansville
Univ. of Florida
Univ. of IL – Urbana/Champaign
Univ. of IL at Chicago
Univ. of Iowa
Univ. of Kansas
Univ. of Kentucky
Univ. of Louisville
University of Maine
University of Massachusetts
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri
University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Univ. of New England – Biddeford
Univ. of North Carolina – Wilmington
University of Northwestern OH
University of Notre Dame
University of Oklahoma
University of Oregon
University of Portland
University of Purdue
University of San Francisco
University of South Carolina
University of South Florida
University of St. Andrews (UK)
University of St. Thomas
University of Tampa
University of Tennessee
University of the South
UW-Eau Claire
UW-Green Bay
UW-La Crosse
UW-River Falls
UW-Stevens Point
Valparaiso University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Wartburg College
West Virginia University
Western Illinois University
Western Michigan University
Wisconsin Lutheran College
Xavier University