Accelerate October 2022

WAUKESHA COUNTY BUSINESS ALLIANCE, INC. | WAUKESHA.ORG The excitement, change and growth that ushered in a new century also brought its own set of challenges. Conditions pressed heavily upon both schools. In 1995, the last Northwestern class graduated from its Lake Geneva location and merged into St. John’s Military Academy, becoming St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy (SJNA). In efforts to continue growing, St. John’s Northwestern accepted another challenge in 2018. After a 130-year absence of female students, the Academy opened its doors to young women again. Another return to roots took place in 2019 with the addition of the Prefect Academy next to our Military Academy. The Prefect Academy follows a British boarding school model. Prefect students wear appropriate men and women’s civilian clothing, both dress and casual. Thus was established one Independent College Prep School with two paths towards success. Today, SJNA prepares students to meet their future head on. This starts in the Middle School Academy, which offers a well-rounded traditional curriculum with additional requirements in STEM-based courses through Project Lead theWay (PTLW) and in its signature developmental leadership program, Aspiring Leaders. In high school, the SJNA college preparatory curriculum allows students to challenge themselves, pursue personal interests, and take advantage of unique opportunities. Students at SJNA can: choose to earn a STEM Honors or a Humanities Honors diploma; become a skilled bagpipes musician; explore five different world languages from multilingual faculty; follow STEM-based pursuits in an active PLTW engineering and computer science program; earn a private pilot’s license; learn and exemplify foundational leadership skills in its signature Prefect Academy leader development program or in the accredited Military Academy JROTC program; prepare well for university and earn college credit by choosing from nine Advanced Placement (AP) courses or by choosing from 10 different college courses in conjunction with a successful partnership with Cardinal Stritch University. In all four pillars today, SJNA provides students the knowledge, skills and guidance necessary for meeting the demands of a 21st century education, for building young men and women of character, and for thriving and serving others in a global society. No doubt, the Reverend Smythe and President Davidson would look favorably upon the direction, focus and students of today’s school. The name, St. John’s Northwestern Academies, truly describes the vibrant learning center of the 21st century. • 18