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.

2019 Sessions

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

Revolution and Rebellion: Justice and Law

June 30–July 6 | Annapolis, MD

Revolution and Rebellion Session
Freedom and Order: Creating Laws, Government, and Society

July 7–13 | Annapolis, MD

Freedom and Order Session
Beginnings: Inquiring Into the Origins of Politics, Poetry, and Mathematics

July 14–20 | Santa Fe, NM

Beginnings Session
The Beautiful and the Sublime: Exploring Visual Forms in Art and Nature

July 21–27 | Santa Fe, NM

The Beautiful and the Sublime Session
Technology and Transcendence: Scientific Ambition and the Human Condition

July 28–August 3 | Santa Fe, NM

Technology and Transcendence 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.