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St. John's College Summer Academy

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Gender: Co-Ed

Type: Overnight/Residential

Physical & Mailing Address:
199 Washington Ave
Dobbs Ferry, NY US 10522

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A residential, pre-college academic summer camp engaging teens rising into their junior and senior years in substantive discussions of remarkable works. 5 sessions, 2 campuses, 1 inspired intellectual adventure! Read More!

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The Summer Academy at St. John’s brings rising high school juniors and seniors to its east (Annapolis) and west (Santa Fe) campuses to read, listen to, observe, and discuss selections of great works from the oeuvre of Western culture. The camp is organized in week-long sessions and each week focuses on a specific theme.

During the week, students attend small classes in three or four subject areas (e.g., seminar, lab, language, and/or music) that are guided by the college’s experienced faculty. (New to the curriculum this year are classes in the visual arts and logic & rhetoric.) Students also enjoy off-campus excursions that are fun and provide a great introduction to rich culture, history, and beauty that surround each campus. Daily activities include workshops, study groups, and down-time for studying and hanging out with new friends.

Students live in college dormitories alongside carefully selected Resident Assistants—current or recently graduated St. John’s students—and eat in the campus dining hall.

The 2014 Summer Academy offers five consecutive weeks of exceptional programming:

Week I: Beginnings, June 22 – 28, 2014 (Santa Fe campus)

Week II: The American Experiment, June 29 – July 5, 2014 (Santa Fe campus)

Week III: Art & Nature, July 6 – 12, 2014 (Santa Fe campus)

Week IV: Foundations of Freedom, July 13 – 19, 2014 (Annapolis campus)

Week V: The Heart of the Matter, July 20 – 26, 2014, (Annapolis campus)

Q & A with Summer Academy at St. John's:

Q:  What makes your program unique?

A:  The Summer Academy employs St. John’s prized educational approach and offers high school students the opportunity to read and engage in Socratic discussion about some of Western civilization’s greatest works. Lead by our faculty, our classrooms encourage collaborative, intellectual engagement that participants describe as “liberating.”

Q:  Describe a typical day in your program.

A:  Students generally attend two to three classes per day: one in the morning, the second after lunch, and the third, seminar (the quintessential St. John’s class) after dinner. Study groups, recreational activities, and study periods are interspersed throughout the day. Two times each week students go on awesome field trips.

Q:  What type of teenage participates in your program?

A:  Our students share a love of reading and a desire to meet like-minded peers who enjoy discussing profound ideas and having fun.

Q:  Where do your students come from?

A:  Our students come from all over the United States as well as from outside of the country.  

Q:  What is the housing like and what can you tell us about the meals?

A:  Summer Academy participants live in our college dormitories. Men and women live in separate residence halls, but if they have to occupy the same residence hall, they will be separated by floor. Students will be assigned a roommate, unless they submit a request for someone in particular. A limited number of single rooms are available and can be assigned upon request. Quiet hours on campus are 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Food service will be provided by Bon Appetit in Annapolis and Aramark in Santa Fe. Summer Academy students are fed breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Both companies offer a variety of cuisines, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options and, with advance notice, are able to make accommodations for food allergies and other dietary restrictions. Snacks are provided and there are plenty of vending machines in convenient locations on each campus.

Q:  Please describe what teens have to say about your program.

A:  “Here, there is no rote knowledge, no one insisting that one interpretation has to be the answer. There is always something different to see.”

“St. John’s faculty…helped and encouraged students [to] develop a personal engagement with the readings, and participate in discussions, freely stating their individual opinion. [The faculty’s] passionate approach did not dominate the discussion…instead, together ‘we learned’ about philosophy, music, languages and math.”

“The other students were enthusiastic and extremely ready to learn. It made me feel welcome.”

“Like-minded individuals discussing fantastic texts, crazy-cool!”

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