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Experience Christendom Summer Program

“I came to the week with rather high expectations, as it was advertised as ‘the best week ever.’ The program not only met my expectations, but surpassed them by a landslide.”

– G.B. San Jose, CA, ECSP 2016 participant

Students who will be entering their senior year of high school in the fall of 2019 (current high school juniors) are welcome to register for the Summer 2019 programs. Summer 2019 will mark the 21st year of this wildly popular program, which boasts close to 3,500 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 4.75 out of 5 on a survey.

Registration for the 2019 Experience Christendom Summer Program will open on December 1.

This is the most-popular, well-attended, and highly-ranked pre-college summer program of its kind. It’s just that good.



Each of the 5 sessions will have approximately 45-50 students in them. TENTATIVE WEEKLY SCHEDULE

  • Session 1: June 9-15
  • Session 2:  June 16-22
  • Session 3: June 23-29
  • Session 4: July 7-13
  • Session 5: July 14-20


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 280 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 better understand the benefits of a liberal arts education, taught from a Catholic worldview, encompassed by a vibrant Catholic culture.

A number of the participants each year are somewhat hesitant to “go to school” during the summer, even if just for one week, 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 one or two people who 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, singing/talking over a bonfire, bowling, participating in a talent show, and attending a debate and an Irish barn dance. These activities are absolutely amazing and show the participants that you can still have good old fashioned fun in a 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 (or read the testimonies of past participants)






All courses are 50 minutes 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, or focuses on different important aspects of the faith, giving explanations 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.
  • History
    Depending on which session they attend, students will either be introduced to the glorious achievements of the West, and to the role of Christianity therein or learn some fascinating details about the ins and outs of World War I.


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 – you will then be sent instructions about how to pay via credit card online.
  • For those not requesting financial assistance, please note that registration is not considered complete until payment in full has been made.
  • Refunds will be given if requested at least a month prior to the start of the session.
  • Payment must be made at time of registration via Paypal.

Christendom College is located outside the town of Front Royal in the beautiful and historically rich Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Front Royal is the site of the north entrance to the famed Skyline Drive—a spectacular scenic trip through the Blue Ridge Mountains—and lies only 75 miles west of Washington, DC.

  • Students can fly in to Dulles Airport (IAD) and the College will pick them up.
  • Students may also fly in to Reagan National Airport 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.
  • In any case, do not make any flight arrangements until you have spoken with ECSP coordinator Clare McDermott to ensure that the flight times are in accord with the College’s pick-up policies.

Find out more about our campus here.


Registration Information

The program is geared toward students who will be entering their senior year of high school in the fall of 2019. Current high school sophomores are also welcome to register, but they will be placed on a waiting list. As the sessions draw closer, if room is still available, these sophomore 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.  Once you register, you will receive an email from Clare McDermott, with more information and some paperwork to be filled in and returned to us. Any questions should be directed to Clare McDermott (clare.mcdermott@christendom.edu).