Academics at St. John’s Northwestern

Challenging, personalized instruction tailored to each student’s needs.

St. John’s Northwestern Academies offers a structured, supportive environment where young people are guided to look within themselves to discover their unique strengths. Our academic program is no different.

Strong academics are at the core of St. John’s Northwestern Academies. With a student-teacher ratio of 6:1 and an average class size of 11, all of our courses are delivered in small class settings by dedicated faculty. Individual attention and classroom interaction optimize mastery of subject matter and the learning process itself. We aspire to create innovative, curious and resourceful students, provide a solid foundation of knowledge to allow them to succeed and instill a passion for life-long learning.


Honors Diplomas

STEM Honors Diploma

Humanities Honors

Specialty and Honors Courses 2020/2021


  • English 9 Honors
  • American Studies English Honors
  • World Studies English Honors
  • AP Language and Composition
  • College English 101
  • College English 102


  • Geometry Honors
  • Algebra 2 Honors
  • Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus Honors
  • Calculus Honors
  • Statistics Honors
  • College Calculus and Analytical Geometry I & II*
  • College Elementary Statistical Analysis and Statistical Analysis*


  • Biology Honors
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics
  • College Heredity*
  • College Human Anatomy & Physiology*

Social Studies

  • World History Honors
  • US History Honors
  • 20th Century History Honors
  • AP European History
  • College History 101 & 102*


  • PLTW Engineering Explorations (middle school)
  • PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design
  • PLTW Principles of Engineering
  • AP Computer Science

Other Courses

  • Aviation
  • Emergency Medical Training (EMT)
  • Technical education Diploma offered in partnership with GPS Education Partners for students with career aspirations in manufacturing, technology or skilled trades.

*Dual Credit College Courses

Dual credit college courses allow students to earn both high school credit (0.5 cr./semester) and college credit (credits vary). Qualified students may take college-level courses for dual credit with the University of Wisconsin system.

Academic Recognition and Support


St. John’s Northwestern Academies recognizes its highest achieving students through Dean’s List and Dean’s List with Honors distinctions, academic stars and ribbons, and induction into the National Honor Society (NHS, grades 10-12) or National Junior Honor Society (NJHS, grades 7-9). Students may also qualify for the Spanish, German or Chinese honor societies as well as the National Art Honor Society.

View Our Curriculum

View Our School Profile

The Armer Family Learning Commons

Our personalized academic support services include structured tutorial services, peer tutoring and supervised evening study. These activities take place in the Learning Commons, an open-concept, flexible study and collaboration space. The learning commons is home to the library, the Totzke Learning Center and the IT Help Desk. 

College Counseling

Moving from high school to college is one of life’s most important transitions.

Our college coaching services provides 1:1 counseling to every student, helping them to identify and apply to schools that value their passions, talents and personal qualities. Our staff encourages students and parents to begin the college search process in the 11th grade, and asserts and affirms that cadets matriculate at the colleges and universities most appropriate to their preparation, talents and potential. 

Special Offerings

Aviation Science

An opportunity for cadets to earn their Sport Pilot License (SPL)

Music Program

Pipes and drums, choir and a band for students to take part in


An ESL Enrichment program to help cadets adjust to life on campus
Scroll to Top