The Summer Academy offers participants a rich experience reading and discussing original texts in lively conversations led by St. John's faculty. Through collaborative inquiry, students learn to listen actively and articulate their ideas...(more)
- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Provided By: College
- Session Start: June, July
- Session Length: One Week, Two Weeks, Three Weeks
- Entering Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Academic
- Sub-Categories: Debate, Law, Literature, STEM, History, Arts, Classics
- Selective: No
- Ages: 15, 16, 17, 18
- Minimum Cost: $500 - $1,499
- Career Clusters: Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
- Credit Awarded: No
The St. John's College Summer Academy in Santa Fe is different: every class is driven by discussion. That means your questions and ideas play a central role. What’s more, our faculty depend on your participation to fuel the conversation. It’s a powerful, and empowering way to learn, grow, and prepare for college.
Held in picturesque Santa Fe, New Mexico, the St. John's College Summer Academy provides an authentic, hands-on introduction to college, the liberal arts, and to St. John's unique education.
High school students ages 15 to 18 experience the distinctive learning community of St. John's College through an immersive, weeklong course of study. Students study compelling texts, art, and music and engage in stimulating discussions led by St. John's renowned faculty.
With exciting classroom activities and numerous field trips, the Summer Academy provides many opportunities to build friendships with like-minded peers both in and out of the classroom. Off-campus excursions are fun and provide a great introduction to the rich culture, history, and beauty of Northern New Mexico.
During the week, students attend small classes in three subject areas (seminar and lab, language, logic & rhetoric, math, or music) that are modeled on the college's Socratic teaching method. Participants are encouraged to think for themselves, to express their opinions, and to develop confidence in their intellectual abilities.
Daily activities include workshops, study groups, and down-time for studying and hanging out with new friends. Students live in college dormitories alongside Resident Assistants--current or recently graduated St. Johns students--and eat in the campus dining hall.
It's a busy week that is rewarding and fun!
Our sister campus in Annapolis, Maryland offers two weeks of exceptional Summer Academy programming--see St. John's College Summer Academy, Annapolis Pre-College to learn more.
Cost and Session Information
Tuition is $1200.00/week. A deposit of $200 is due by May 1; tuition balance is due by June 1. For students staying multiple weeks, there will be an additional fee of $100.00 - $150.00 per weekend. Limited financial aid is available.
Summer Academy 2023 dates and themes
July 9–15 BEGINNINGS: INQUIRING INTO THE ORIGINS OF POLITICS, POETRY, AND MATHEMATICS
July 16–22 TECHNOLOGY & TRANSCENDENCE: SCIENTIFIC AMBITION AND THE HUMAN CONDITION
July 23–29 ART & NATURE: INTERSECTION OF IMAGINATION AND INGENUITY
June 25–July 1 SIGHT & INSIGHT: SEEING AND KNOWING IN LITERATURE, PHILOSOPHY, AND GEOMETRY
July 2–8 JUSTICE, NATURE, & LAW: FROM THE POLITICS OF SOCIETY TO THE RULES OF THE NATURAL WORLD
July 9–15 HIDDEN POWERS: UNCOVERING FORCES IN SHAKESPEARE, POETRY, AND PHYSICS
Summer Academy ONLINE ($175.00/week)
June 19–23 PLATO’S DIALOGUES: EXCERPTS FROM THE MENO, THE APOLOGY, AND THE REPUBLIC
June 26–30 SHAKESPEARE’S AS YOU LIKE IT & SELECT SONNETS
July 31–August 4 SPEECHES ON AMERICAN DEMOCRACY: GEORGE WASHINGTON, ABRAHAM LINCOLN, AND MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
August 7–11 POETRY BY AMERICAN WOMEN: EMILY DICKINSON, GWENDOLYN BROOKS, AND RITA DOVE
*If you are interested in attending a session in Annapolis, MD please see the St. John's College, Summer Academy, Annapolis page.
I had a wonderful week at Summer Academy and I fully intend on returning next July. It was so great to meet people who all had at least one thing in common: The ability--or at least the desire--to have discussions without letting emotions take over. I feel like my eyes have been opened to a new way of life and learning. School doesn't have to be boring! That being said, participating in Seminar was a good reminder that, in both life and school, you get out what you put in. You have to show up, be ready, have an open mind, and give it your very best."- A Bolding - July 30, 2022
"I learned more about the liberal arts college experience, as well as what it means to study with a group of similarly passionate and highly motivated peers. If possible, I intend to return next year!"- HS - February 20, 2021
"The Summer Academy helped me get an understanding of 'college life'. It has helped me realize what I want regarding my future. These realizations are in regard to the people I want to surround myself with, where I'd like to go for college, and who I am as a scholar and an individual."- JP - February 20, 2018
"I learned to think and discuss my ideas and perspectives on the reading in a whole new way. Also, the tight knit community and high quality people made for an outstanding week both in and out of class."- MC - February 20, 2021
"I learned that others can be just as passionate about learning and nerdy and interesting as I dream of but doubted existed."- KQ - February 20, 2021