St. John’s Summer Academy is a college summer program for high school students (ages 15 to 18), modeled after St. John’s discussion-based, interdisciplinary method of teaching the great books. A hands-on introduction to college life, our Great Books Summer Reading Program helps students hone their reading, critical thinking, and discussion skills. With engaging workshops and awesome off-campus excursions, the Summer Academy is a blast.

What is the Great Books Reading Program?

We take great pride in our great books curriculum, which was adopted in 1937. The tradition of all students reading fundamental texts of Western civilization is the foundation of our education. Our Great Books Reading List includes classic works by Homer, Plato, Aristotle, Cervantes and more.

Our goal with the Summer Academy is to introduce high school students to the world of critical thinking and discussion while reading great books in subjects like philosophy, literature, psychology, history, religion, economics, science, astronomy, language, and more.

2020 Sessions

Sessions are hosted on both St. John’s campus locations, in Annapolis, MD and Santa Fe, NM. Scroll through five sessions.

The Soul of the Sciences: Thinking, Counting, Seeing

June 28–July 4 | Annapolis, MD

The Soul of the Sciences Session
Power and Politics: The Great and the Good

July 5–11 | Annapolis, MD

Power and Politics Session
Courage and the Soul: Exploring Human Virtue

July 12–18 | Santa Fe, NM

Courage and the Soul Session
Art and Nature: Intersection of Imagination & Ingenuity

July 19–25 | Santa Fe, NM

Art and Nature Session
The American Experiment: Foundations of Democracy

July 26–August 1 | Santa Fe, NM

The American Experiment Session
Summer Classics for Adults in Santa Fe

Read and discuss timeless literary, philosophical, and artistic works this summer in Santa Fe! Consider thematic contrasts in Tolstoy’s War and Peace or Dante’s Purgatory, or aesthetic contrasts that bring drama to film noir or Georgia O’Keeffe’s art.

More about SUMMER CLASSICS