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.”
– Matthew (SA16)
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 Director800-727-9238 | E-mail
Santa Fe CampusAnne YoungSummer Academy Director800-331-5232 | E-mail
Sessions are hosted on both St. John’s campus locations, in Annapolis, MD and Santa Fe, NM.
Santa Fe | June 25–July 1
What springs from beginnings? Does our worldview—how we live, think, and love—depend on our origin?
Santa Fe | July 2-8
What is it to be alive? Is existence simply defined by breathing, eating, and striving against stagnation and natural forces?
Santa Fe | July 9-15
What is the self? How can one know oneself? To explore these persistent
questions, we begin in seminar with Socrates’ examination of knowledge in Plato’s
Annapolis | July 16-22
Justice, Nature, and Law
What law governs human beings? This question lies at the foundation of human inquiry into everything from the nature of man...
Annapolis | July 23-29
The Heart of the Matter
What moves the heart? The heart is lauded for bringing about great acts of love, but the heart is known equally well for being fickle and impulsive.