FREEING MINDS A Campaign for St. John's College
Each week, high school students spend time in conversation in the classroom, convene during free-time to talk or read in the residence halls and outdoor spaces, and visit local historic and cultural landmarks. Here are schedule snapshots of sessions on our Annapolis and Santa Fe campuses.
Sample Schedule Annapolis Sample Schedule Santa Fe
Depending on the week’s thematic emphasis, teens take classes in two of the following subject areas: laboratory science, mathematics, language, music, visual arts, or rhetoric. Because the seminar class plays a central role in our discussion-based approach to learning, students participate in seminar every week.
Seminar occurs around a large table that seats up to 20 students and two faculty members. One faculty member asks an opening question inspired by the assigned reading, and the discussion is launched.
“I never anticipated meeting so many great people and making so many great friends. I still talk to some people I met at the summer academy every day.”
In mathematics, music, language, rhetoric or visual arts classes, no more than 15 students study under the guidance of one faculty member. Whether demonstrating a mathematical proposition, exploring the language in a poem, examining musical literature, or viewing artwork, students engage in a close and careful reading or analysis that leads to insights and deeper questions.
In laboratory science, the basis for discussion and experimentation are classic papers. Under the direction of one faculty member up to 15 students discuss and reconstruct a pivotal idea and experiment from the history of science.
Annapolis CampusBrittany KemmerSummer Academy Director410-626-2522800-727-9238Email Annapolis
Santa Fe CampusLiz WilkinsonSummer Academy Director505-984-6081800-331-5232Email Santa Fe
Sessions are hosted on both St. John’s campus locations, in Annapolis, MD and Santa Fe, NM. Scroll through five sessions.
Santa Fe | July 8-14
How can music articulate experience in a way that words cannot? How do communities and music shape each other?
Annapolis | July 15-21
Equality & Inequality: Justice & Law
What is meant by fairness? Are fairness and equality the same?
Annapolis | July 22-28
Poets & Perception
How do stories shape the human experience? Do perception and reality ever meet in truth?
Santa Fe | June 24–June 30
Courage & the Soul
What does it mean to deal ethically with your fellow man? Where is the seat of morality?
Santa Fe | July 1-7
Contemplation & Love
What is the nature of the relationship between the self and the other? What affects our own position within our communities?