Get Ready for a Summer of Great Books
Looking for a quick taste of St. John’s College? Our weeklong summer programs are designed with two audiences in mind: pre-college high school students and lifelong adult learners. Summer Academy is our in-person, pre-college program for high school students. Summer Seminars is its online sister program. Our program for adults is called Summer Classics. Learn more about each of them below.
On-Campus Summer Academy for High School Students
Summer Academy is a pre-college, residential summer program that offers high school students an exceptional learning experience with real St. John’s College tutors and a vibrant classroom experience.
Modeled after St. John’s discussion-based, interdisciplinary method of teaching the great books, this hands-on introduction to college life helps students hone their reading, critical thinking, and discussion skills. Outside of the classroom, students take part in engaging workshops and excellent off-campus excursions to round out their experience.
Sessions are hosted in both Annapolis, MD and Santa Fe, NM.
Online Summer Seminars for High School Students
For students who want a unique academic experience but aren’t able to travel to either of our beautiful campuses, the Great Books Summer Seminar Series is completely online. For high school students aged 15–18 who seek intellectual challenges from anywhere in the world, this is the ideal program!
Because we are dedicated to providing access to thoughtful students who seek academic challenge, St. John’s is offering an extremely limited number of places at a reduced price. All our Summer Seminars are real St. John’s College seminars led by our full-time faculty.
Our seminar rooms, whether actual or virtual, provide the space to engage in rigorous conversations on timeless works. It is here that we shine a light on our world and ourselves, illuminating fundamental questions about what it means to be human.
A Summer Classics seminar is not a lecture, nor is it a book club. At St. John’s, seminars are lively, in-depth, and highly participatory conversations on enduring works that span fiction and nonfiction, math and science, poetry and philosophy, as well as visual, cinematic, and performing arts. Beyond the learning that takes place through the works and with one another in seminar, attendees describe their experience as “transformational” and “restorative.”