icecreamChristendom’s annual summer program for high school students will be held on its Front Royal, Virginia, campus in two different sessions from June 24 to July 1 (one-week) and from July 8 to July 22 (two-week).

The program, now in its ninth year, gives rising high school seniors the opportunity to experience life as a student at an authentically Catholic college, where they will be fully immersed into a fully Catholic atmosphere where fun, friendship, culture, and academics are seamlessly woven together.

As in the past, the College is expecting approximately 100 students from across the country and abroad to spend time soaking up the Catholic Faith and culture in the sometimes hot and always Catholic climate found at Christendom.

“High school students today have so many colleges from which to choose,” says Admissions Director Tom McFadden. “I think that it is important for students to figure out which college fits their needs best. Spending one or two weeks at Christendom, experiencing dorm life, the culture, the professors, and even the food, can do much to help students determine whether Christendom is the right place for them to spend their college years.”

dancingIn the past, the college has held two two-week sessions. This year, it will hold one one-week and one two-week session. During the program, students take part in classes, liturgical services including Mass, Rosary, Benediction, and confessions, and many fun activities like Mass at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, Orioles Baseball Game at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Performance of Phantom of the Opera at the Kennedy Center, White water rafting trip in West Virginia, Hike and Cookout on Skyline Drive, Trip to Luray Caverns, Sightseeing around Washington and Touring the Museums and Monuments, Swing Dancing, Civil War Tour, Bonfire with Smores, Bowling, Volleyball, Movie Nights, Talent Show, and an Irish Barn Dance at College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell’s house.

Over the years, the Summer Program has drawn nothing but praise from those who have attended.

“I can only attempt to describe how impressed I was with Christendom during the Summer Program,” says Brittany Buckner, a current high school senior from Virginia. “Most of my questions were answered: the important one about whether the college really did reflect the Catholic Faith and live up to its name. I thought the faculty was fantastic, the counselors great representatives of the students, the classes steeped in Catholicism, and very importantly, the Eucharist and Mass the center of college life. I loved the little things: the church bells ringing the hours, the priests being part of the community, over one hundred Chesterton books in the library, the girls dressing modestly, and everyone kneeling after Mass had ended instead of racing for the door.”

Application forms for the High School Summer Program are available HERE. Space is limited and financial assistance is available.

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