Summer Teachers Institute

2019 Summer Session | Equality: An American Story

The St. John’s College Teachers Institute is a week-long program held each summer for educators. This year’s theme is “Equality: An American Story.” The program features readings from and seminar discussions of the works of Rousseau, Melville, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Zora Neale Hurston, Abraham Lincoln, and Frederick Douglass, as well as consideration of America’s founding documents and important Supreme Court cases.

Join us in Annapolis or New York City

There are two locations to choose from:

As with all instruction at St. John’s, the Teachers Institute explores readings from original texts with all classes as seminar-style discussions. St. John’s is the preeminent Great Books college in the United States and has a long history of preparing teachers at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In particular, the Graduate Institute allows educators to complete the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts degree through classes taken in four consecutive summers, or our new Liberal Arts Education Certificate in an accredited two-summer program. Specific scholarships are available for educators, which can make the Graduate Institute tuition-free.

The Teachers Institute is made possible by the St. John’s Graduate Institute and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The support from NEH comes in the form of their We The People program, which is designed to encourage and enhance the teaching, study, and understanding of American history, culture, and democratic principles. Past Teachers Institute themes have included “Slavery and Hope,” “Private and Public Individual and State,” and “Science and Society, Promises and Perils.”

Locations, Dates and Costs

Session 1: Collegiate School in New York City (June 24–28)

The June 24–28 session will be hosted at the Collegiate School in New York City. Seminars taught by St. John’s College faculty will meet on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Thursday morning. See schedule sample.

Tuition for the session at the Collegiate School is $200 and includes all texts and the final luncheon.

Session 2: St. John’s College in Annapolis (July 29–August 2)

The July 29–August 2 session will be hosted at St. John’s College in Annapolis. Seminars taught by St. John’s College faculty will meet Tuesday through Thursday, with a final seminar on Friday. Time is also available to explore the historic city of Annapolis, the Chesapeake Bay, and nearby Washington, DC. See schedule sample.

Tuition, books, on-campus housing, and breakfast and lunch for the session at St. John’s College in Annapolis is provided free-of-charge. Funding may be available for travel; please reach out to us for more information.

How to Apply to the Teachers Institute

St. John’s accepts applications from all high school educators for the Teachers Institute. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and space is limited.

Registration for summer 2019 has ended. Information coming soon on the 2020 session.

For further information or questions, please contact annapolis.gradadmissions(at)