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.
Two consecutive weeks, each designed around an engaging theme, are offered. Students live in college dorms alongside trained Resident Assistants and enjoy off-campus day-trips that enhance the curricula and give time to explore. Held in Annapolis Maryland, the Summer Academy provides an authentic, hands-on introduction to the liberal arts, the great books, and to St. John's unique pedagogy.
High school students aged 15-18 are able to experience the distinctive learning community of St. John's College through an immersive, weeklong course of study. Participants delve into primary texts and engage in stimulating discussions chosen to highlight questions central to the human mind and spirit.
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 and history of the surrounding area.
During the week, students attend small classes in three subject areas (seminar, lab, language, etics, and/or logic & rhetoric) that are modeled on the college's Socratic teaching method and taught by our experienced faculty. Participants are encouraged to think for themselves, to express their opinions, to listen to and understand ideas which may differ from their own, and to develop an intellectual confidence in their own 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.
The work is challenging, rewarding, and intensely personal. Participants find that as they develop their own thoughts and consider the opinions of others, they come to understand themselves. In only a week's time, minds are sharpened and views on education and life are transformed.
Our sister campus in Santa Fe, New Mexico offers three weeks of exceptional Summer Academy programming--see St. John's College Summer Academy, Santa Fe Pre-College to learn more.
For more information contact the Summer Academy staff at 800-727-9238 or Annapolis.Academy@sjc.edu.
Cost and Session Information
Deposit of $200 is due by June 1, 2020; tuition balance is due by June 15, 2020. Special weekend activities are scheduled at no extra cost for students staying multiple weeks. Limited financial aid is available.
Session 1: June 28 – July 4, 2020 The Soul of the Sciences: Thinking, Counting, Seeing Classes & Readings: Seminar (philosophy & literature): Bacon, Anaxagoras, Swift; Mathematics: Euclid, Nichomachus; Laboratory: Aristotle, Jones
Session 2: July 5 – 11, 2020 Power and Politics: Creating Laws, Government, and Society Classes & Readings: Seminar (philosophy & political science): Plato, Aristotle; Ethics: Machiavelli, Nietzsche; Language: Plutarch
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“My favorite part of the Summer Academy was interacting with the people here. I loved the kindness the students, RAs, and professors showed. It made the experience exceptional. My least favorite part is knowing that the week will end. I have learned so much and have grown into the best (or at least a pretty good) version of myself.”