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High school students between the ages of 15 and 18 are eligible to apply. The majority of our participants are rising high school juniors and seniors.
The application process is easy—fill out the electronic application form, tell us why you would like to attend the Summer Academy, and submit an unofficial transcript. Because it’s an unofficial transcript, you do not have to send it through your school’s counseling office—a scan or screenshot of your most recent grade summary will work.
Tuition is $1,100 per session if you deposit $200 by June 1. On June 2, tuition is $1,250. Tuition includes room, board, books, swag, activity fees, and weekend activities if you’re staying multiple weeks on one campus.
The deposit and any remaining balance can be paid online via the individual payment link sent in the acceptance email.
Limited financial aid is available for students with financial need. The Scholarship Application is posted on the Summer Academy Registration page and is due to the campus you are attending on or before May 3. No aid applications will be accepted after that date. Financial assistance will be awarded on May 17. Discounts are not offered for multiple sessions.
A typical day includes class, meals, and extra-curricular sessions. There are approximately four hours of class time each day, and students have free time mid-day and after class ends for the day.
Outside of class, there is ample time to relax with other students and complete assignments. There are plenty of planned activities, from croquet and swing lessons to hiking and yoga classes. Resident Assistants plan additional activities, so offerings vary each year and often reflect the interests of the current staff.
Past off-campus trips have included the National Gallery in DC, the Maryland State House, Meow Wolf immersive art experiences, and the Santa Fe Opera.
Take a look at the sample schedules to get a good idea of what your day could look like!
Students should plan to read the provided manuals before they arrive on campus—this allows for the opportunity to revisit and review material prior to classes. It also gives you something immediately in common with other students to help strike up a conversation!
Digital versions of the manuals will be emailed directly to deposited students a few weeks before the session begins. It is recommended that students not print out the manuals, as they will receive a hard copy upon arrival to campus.
If you have any difficulty accessing the files, please reach out and let us know.
Classes are led by St. John’s College faculty, who we call “tutors.” Tutors teach across the undergraduate curriculum, leading classes in ancient Greek, mathematical physics, ancient history or modern philosophy. They hold advanced degrees in a variety of academic disciplines.
Summer Academy Resident Assistants are undergraduates at St. John’s College who are chosen through a competitive interview process. Each is background checked; is CPR and First Aid certified; and participates in mandatory training prior to the start of Summer Academy. Many have served as Resident Assistants during the school year.
Students get to meals, classes and activities on their own. Resident Assistants are present at all times: at meals, extracurricular activities, off campus trips, and in the dorms. Adult staff participates in activities and off-campus trips. Students must be in their dorm room at 11 p.m.
Summer Academy students stay in the dorms and share a room with another student. The library, gymnasium, and most campus facilities are open for Summer Academy students to use and explore.
Many students are driven to campus by a family member, relative, or family friend. For students who are traveling solo to New Mexico, the Santa Fe Director will book shuttle transportation to and from campus for a fee of $25 per shuttle trip.
Students traveling solo to Maryland are responsible for securing their own transportation to the campus.
Registration materials will thoroughly explain our transportation guidelines. If you have questions, please contact the Summer Academy director on the campus you are attending.
A registered nurse will be on campus to dispense over-the-counter medications and evaluate if students should seek additional medical advice. Both campuses are located within 15 minutes of area medical centers and urgent care offices.
Alcohol and illegal drugs (which includes drugs that the student does not have a prescription for) are prohibited at all times at the Summer Academy. Students suspected of being intoxicated or under the influence of any illicit substance will be dismissed from the program immediately. Students who smell of alcohol or are found in the presence of alcohol or illegal drugs will be dismissed immediately. There are no exceptions.
Annapolis CampusBrittany KemmerSummer Academy Director410-626-2522800-727-9238Email Annapolis
Santa Fe CampusLiz WilkinsonSummer Academy Director505-984-6081800-331-5232Email Santa Fe