St. John’s College Summer Academy

At this time, St. John’s College intends to host Summer Academy on each of our campuses. We will continue to monitor and adhere to CDC and state guidelines as we actively work to develop policies and procedures that allow us to adapt our program in the era of COVID-19. The updated policies may include measures such as single occupancy dorm rooms, requiring face masks, social distancing, and a restructuring of field trips and enrichment activity options. If we are unable to operate as an in-person program we will notify families as soon as possible and refund any deposits as necessary.

2021 Sessions

Sessions are hosted on both St. John’s campus locations, in Annapolis, MD and Santa Fe, NM. Scroll through five sessions.

Exploring Human Nature: Literature, Poetry, and Drama

June 27–July 3 | Annapolis, MD

Exploring Human Nature Session
Power and Politics: The Great and the Good

July 4–10 | Annapolis, MD

Power and Politics Session
Courage and the Soul: Exploring Human Virtue

July 11–17 | Santa Fe, NM

Courage and the Soul Session
Art and Nature: Intersection of Imagination & Ingenuity

July 18–24 | Santa Fe, NM

Art and Nature Session
The American Experiment: Foundations of Democracy

July 25–31 | Santa Fe, NM

The American Experiment Session

What is the Great Books Reading Program?

We take great pride in our great books curriculum, which was adopted in 1937. The tradition of all students reading fundamental texts of Western civilization is the foundation of our education. Our Great Books Reading List includes classic works by Homer, Plato, Aristotle, Cervantes and more.

Our goal with the Summer Academy is to introduce high school students to the world of critical thinking and discussion while reading great books in subjects like philosophy, literature, psychology, history, religion, economics, science, astronomy, language, and more.


Summer Classics for Adults in Santa Fe

Read and discuss timeless literary, philosophical, and artistic works this summer in Santa Fe! Consider thematic contrasts in Tolstoy’s War and Peace or Dante’s Purgatory, or aesthetic contrasts that bring drama to film noir or Georgia O’Keeffe’s art.