St. John’s College Summer Academy is a residential, pre-college program for 15 to 18 year olds that nurtures critical thinking and personal growth. Read More!
St. John’s College Summer Academy is a residential, pre-college program that engages students in discussion-based classes taught by college faculty. Organized in week-long sessions, each session is designed around a specific theme that explores weighty questions and ideas. Stay for one or more weeks!
How can one know oneself? What law govern human beings? At the Summer Academy you’ll investigate these and other questions by reading works written by the greatest thinkers of Western culture and talking about their ideas. You’ll also participate in an eclectic array of workshops—from poetry writing to archery to swing dance—and enjoy off-campus excursions to museums and historic sites. As described by a 2016 participant, the Summer Academy “nourishes the mind, body, and soul.“
The Summer Academy is a great introduction to college life and the intellectual freedom found in a liberal arts education. Summer Academy sessions are held on St. John’s two campus locations in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Annapolis, Maryland from June 25 to July 29, 2017. The price per session is $1,100, which includes room, meals, texts, activity fees, and cool St. John’s swag. Limited financial assistance is available.
A. What makes your camp or program unique?
St. John’s College offers a distinctive education, one that builds knowledge by reading and discussing the great works of Western Civilization. St. John’s Summer Academy introduces students to our unique approach to learning about, understanding, and questioning ideas.
B. Describe a typical day
A typical day includes class, meals, extra-curricular activities such as croquet lessons, a reading group, or a yoga class, and possibly an outing. Past off-campus trips have included a visit to the National Gallery in DC, and a performance at the Santa Fe Opera. Check out sample schedules here.
C. What type of teenager participates?
Summer Academy attracts students who have a variety of interests: some want to see what St. John’s is like; some want to check out what life inside and outside the classroom is like at a small, liberal arts college; others want to discuss big questions and ideas; still others are looking to meet like-minded peers.
D. Where do your participants come from?
Everywhere! Our students come from all across the U.S. and internationally, with several different countries often represented in each session.
E. What is the housing like and what can you tell us about the meals?
Summer Academy students stay in the college’s dorms and share a room with another student. The library, gym, and most campus facilities are open for Summer Academy students to use and explore.
Food services are provided by Bon Appétit Management Company in Annapolis and A’viands Food & Services Management in Santa Fe. Both Bon Appétit and A’viands offer a variety of cuisines at each meal, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. With advance notice, both are able to accommodate specific food allergies and other dietary restrictions.
F. Describe what teens have to say about your program.
“The classroom experience at St. John's was a huge confidence boost for me. It was amazing to interact with such intelligent peers, and still feel like I was able to hold my own. The [professors] were also phenomenal.”
“My classroom experience at the Summer Academy was amazing! I had fun tackling big ideas together with intelligent people in an exciting way I haven't before. I felt the discussions I participated in expanded my mind and the way I think.”
“The on-campus activities were fun because many of them were new to me and because they are all parts of St. John's life, so it was an accurate taste of the college.”
“Everybody working at the Summer Academy was delightful - knowledgeable, interesting, extremely enthusiastic about the Program and invested in giving us the best possible experience.”
“The staff was some of the most encouraging, friendly, and "good" people I have ever met. There was not a single interaction with any of the staff that wasn't uplifting and engaging. It made it feel like "home" despite being there for only a week.”