The most popular, well-attended, and highly-ranked pre-college summer program of its kind is back: registration is now open for the 2019 Experience Christendom Summer Program, which will welcome students from around the world for five one-week sessions during the months of June and July. Applications have already been received, as students rush to claim spots for “the best week ever.”
“This will be our 21st summer of welcoming students to Christendom’s campus for this amazing program and we could not be more excited to meet all of this year’s students,” says director of admissions Sam Phillips. “The Experience Christendom Summer Program is truly unlike any other pre-college summer program, as students explore the Shenandoah Valley, learn from the greatest minds of Western Civilization in the classroom, and experience a truly vibrant Catholic culture on our campus. High-schoolers are looking for something real in today’s world, and they are finding it at this program, year after year.”
Christendom’s summer program draws students from around the world, including the United States, Ireland, Argentina, Lebanon, England, Mexico, and Canada, all eager to see why the program is frequently dubbed “the best week ever.” Mary McDonough of Roswell, Georgia, was one of those students last summer who entered the program not sure what to expect, and she was blown away by her one week in the Shenandoah Valley.
“I absolutely loved this program,” says McDonough. “I went into this program not really knowing what to expect, but what little expectations I had were exceeded a hundredfold. The activities were fun and exciting, mixed with time for me to think about our Faith. It was truly an experience I won’t forget and I am truly thankful for the chance to experience Christendom.”
During each one-week session, students who are preparing to enter their senior year of high school take part in a variety of activities. In the classroom, they learn from Christendom’s own faculty about philosophy, theology, history, and literature, delving into some of the greatest minds and events in human history. The vibrant culture that permeates the classroom experience extends to outside of it as well, as students canoe on the Shenandoah River that runs through the campus’ backyard, learn swing and contra dancing at an Irish barn dance, participate in a talent show, and even enjoy a hike and cookout on the historic Skyline Drive.
The summer program has set records in attendance the past few years, bringing in hundreds of participants, with many more on waiting lists behind them.
This summer’s first session will begin on June 9, with the last session ending on July 20. To review some of the most frequently asked questions, or to register today, please visit christendom.edu/experience.