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Online for High School Students Aged 15–18

St. John’s offers two great options for high school students: our on-campus Summer Academy program and our Summer Academy Online Series. The Online Series is ideal for students aged 15–18 who seek intellectual challenges from anywhere in the world!

The Summer Academy Online Series offers real St. John’s College seminars led by our full-time faculty. Here, you can expect small seminars where you engage in vigorous discussions with other students who love great books, new ideas, and deep conversation—just like you.


Dates: Monday, June 24–Friday, June 28

Times: Each class below will be offered at 2 p.m. EST and 5 p.m. EST. Students will elect to enroll in either the afternoon or evening class of their choice, and will attend all classes during that selected session time.

Session: Hamlet, William Shakespeare

Books needed: 1

Title: Hamlet: The Texts of 1603 and 1623: Third Series (The Arden Shakespeare Third Series)

Publisher: The Arden Shakespeare

Publication date: January 15, 2007

Session: The Odyssey, Homer

Books needed: 1

Title: The Odyssey of Homer, By Homer

Translator: Richmond Lattimore

Publication date: June 26, 2007

Session: Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen

Books needed: 1

Title: Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen

Publisher: Penguin Classics

Publication date: April 29, 2003

Session: The Symposium, Plato

Books needed: 1

Title: Plato’s Symposium: A Translation, by Seth Benardete with Commentaries by Allan Bloom and Seth Benardete

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Publication date: February 1, 2001