Leadership Academy

Since 1884, SJNA has been crafting the next generations of leaders and keeping our students Future Aspirations in Mind.


Choose your Path

St. John’s Northwestern Academies offers two paths for our prospective students. The Military Academy offers unique opportunities and stands as the leader in the state of Wisconsin in United State Military Academy appointments. While our Prefect Academy offers the same proprietary leadership curriculum in a more traditional prep school style.

Only SJNA offers leadership curriculum

In Multiple Paths

The Prefect program prepares students to take their place as influential global citizens. Explore this innovative preparatory approach to leadership and character-driven success.

The historic military academy challenges cadets to excel at leadership of self and others. See how this prestigious program forms character and skills for life, and provides clear military careers and pathways for our students.

How it Works

Military Academy cadets and Prefect Academy preps use the same campus areas, share many of the same classes, and participate together in athletics and extracurricular activities. Witnessing different approaches to learning inspires all students to think and act with greater empathy and understanding.

St. John’s Northwestern shapes young men and women through our emphasis on the four pillars of academics, athletics and wellness, leader development, and spiritual and character growth. These pillars are the foundation of every class, every extracurricular, and everyday life.

Military Academy cadets wear the specified military-style uniform, while Prefect Academy preps wear a traditional college-preparatory uniform. The Military Academy is structured around the Army JROTC program. The Prefect Academy is structured around the British Prefectoral System dating back to the 14th century. This system stresses leader development through student self-governance. Residence halls are separated by gender as well as academy.


Admissions requirements are the same for both academies, as are our expectations that students will continually improve their personal best. Our comprehensive leader development curriculum and culture of meritocracy are built into both academies. It’s also part of every aspect of life at St. John’s Northwestern. Our Military Academy cadets and Prefect Academy preps alike grow in their abilities to learn, lead and excel.


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