Experience Christendom
Summer Program 2015

 


Welcome to the most popular, well-attended, and highly ranked pre-college summer program of its kind! (Register below)

Take a look at our new Experience Christendom Summer Program viewbook (Adobe PDF)

Students who will be entering their senior year of high school in the fall of 2015 are welcome to register for the Summer 2015 programs. Summer 2015 will mark the 17th year of this wildly popular program, which boasts over 1600 alumni since 1999. Each year, hundreds of high school students spend a week on campus and describe the week as one of the best weeks of their lives, ranking it on average 4.78 out of 5 on a survey. Registration will open in early December.

 



Testimonies from past program participants

The Program

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This highly acclaimed program, designed for rising high school seniors, offers participants a unique educational, cultural, spiritual, and amazingly fun experience, all for the incredibly low cost of $500.

Each year, over 200 rising high school seniors take part in the program, and leave campus with a new appreciation for the liberal arts, Catholic culture, true friendship, and the beauty of God's creation evidenced in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

With a waiting list each year, the program helps students discern whether an education at Christendom is in their future, quite often, aiding them in their understanding of the benefits of a liberal arts education, taught from a Catholic worldview, encompassed by a vibrant Catholic culture.

Sometimes, up to half of the participants are hesitant about spending a week "in school" during the summer, but the vast majority of them - 99% - end up being blown away by what they experienced during the program. (We wish we could say 100%, but there's always those one or two people who just like to be the Eeyore of the group:)

Students spend their mornings taking a variety of liberal arts classes (Philosophy, English, History, and Theology), then, after Mass and lunch, students spend their afternoons and evenings enjoying a number of recreational and social events. Activities generally include: canoeing on the Shenandoah River, hike and cookout on Skyline Drive, swing and contra dancing, making smores over a bonfire, bowling, participating in a talent show, and attending an Irish barn dance. These activities are absolutely amazing and show the participants that you can still have good old fashioned fun in a safe, moral, and Catholic environment!

One of the highlights of the program is the opportunity the students have to meet other young Catholics like themselves who are trying to live good, Catholic, well-balanced lives. Through this program, they make friends for life, and learn more about all that Christendom has to offer. In fact, students continually say that they feel closer to their new friends whom they only knew for a week, than with their life-long friends from back home. Why? Find out for yourself by attending one of these programs next summer. There is no real way to explain it - you just need to experience it.

The Counselors

 While on campus, the summer program participants are led by 8 current Christendom College students, called Counselors. Many of the counselors have themselves participated in the summer program while in high school and are eager to show others how much Christendom has to offer. Admissions Director Sam Phillips directs all of these exciting programs. The 2015 Counselors are: Head Counselor Brad Torline, Peter Tapsak, Catherine Schneider, Hannah Gordon, Elisabeth Willson, and Rosie McNeely, and two others to be named later.

The Courses

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All courses are 50 mins long and are taught by full-time faculty of Christendom College.

  • Scripture Study/Theology
    The professor leads the students in a thorough study of one of the four Gospels, giving great insights into deep theological questions.

  • Philosophy
    This class will try and answer some of life’s greatest questions. What is happiness? Friendship? Why study philosophy and what effect can it have on our lives?

  • The Moral Imagination in Literature
    This course will focus on the theme of men and women faced with the need to make moral choices, often in difficult and agonizing situations. The students will read and discuss a series of short poems and stories which dramatize this theme in various contexts and settings: ancient and modern; political and social; scientific and religious.

  • The West and Christianity
    Students will be introduced to the glorious achievements of the West, and to the role of Christianity therein. From the Greeks and Romans, who laid the foundations for Christian culture, to the Franks, Byzantines, and Crusaders who defended it, students will come to understand the triumphs of their cultural and religious forbearers, while deepening their own Christian identity.

 

Dates

Each of the 6 sessions will have approximately 45-50 students in them. (The past three years have had waiting lists, so do not delay). TENTATIVE WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Session 1: June 14-20
Session 2: June 21-27
Session 3: June 28-July 4
Session 4: July 12-18
Session 5: July 19-25
Session 6: July 26-August 1

Expenses

The all inclusive fee of $500 includes tuition, room and board, books and activity fees. Financial assistance is available to anyone who requests it on the online registration form. Registration is not considered complete until payment in full has been made. Refunds will be given if requested a least a month prior to the start of the session. Payment must be made at time of registration via Paypal.

Registration

Online regisration for current high school juniors is not yet open. Current high school sophomores are welcome to register to be placed on a waiting list. As the summer draws closer, if room is still available, these students will be notified in the order in which they registered. As spaces fill up, the registration site will indicate where a session is closed or not. Otherwise, please assume that there is space. Go here to register online. Once you register, you will receive an email from Klarissa Blank, with more information and some paperwork to be filled in and returned to us by May 1.

Location

Christendom College is located outside the town of Front Royal in the beautiful and historically rich Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. It is the site of the north entrance to the famed Skyline Drive—a spectacular scenic trip through the Blue Ridge Mountains—and lies only 65 miles west of Washington, DC.

Students can fly in to Dulles Airport (IAD) and the College will pick them up. Additionally, students may fly in to Reagan National in DC, but they would then have to take the metro to the Vienna Metro Station (Orange Line) where the College would pick them up.

 

Watch more videos (including testimonies) about this exciting program on YouTube.

Testimonies from past program participants