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St. John’s College Seminar for 10th-12th Grade Students – Application

January 4 – 8, 2021; Application deadline: Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Application procedure

  • If you didn’t attend the informational webinar, please sign up and watch the recording in the video archive below.
  • Read the note below about the relationship of Scholé Academy and SJC.
  • Complete the application by following the link on the side of this page.  Please do this as soon as possible, but no later than December 9.
  • Ask your teachers and parents to complete a recommendation on your behalf by following this link:  https://admissions.sjc.edu/register/CAPSeminarRecommendation
Relationship of SJC and Scholé Academy

One of the questions on the application invites students to note which pronoun they wish to be referred to; and this question has caused concern for some Scholé Academy parents. We regret any anxiety this has caused. 

As you may recall, St. John’s College is a secular school. While there are many wonderful Christians both working as tutors and studying at SJC, the application for their seminar reflects their secular university status. It is important to recognize that while SJC is one of the preeminent Great Books colleges in the country (featuring text-centered discussions and robust exposure to the Western Tradition) we cannot assume that the tutors will teach from a Christian perspective or align with all of what we as Christians might assume to be essential educational ideals. 

We have chosen to offer this seminar as an opportunity for our students, not a requirement. And we realize that some parents may be uncomfortable sending their kids to this seminar, while others (who perhaps are open to sending their children to attend a non-Christian college) might find this to be a helpful opportunity to experience a brief taste of what it would be like to attend a small but secular liberal arts college.  

Scholé Academy will continue to seek educational opportunities like this one with additional colleges in the future – both Christian and not. We continue to build relationships with several institutions of higher education, St. John’s College being only one of them. Note for example the professors featured on ClassicalU.com that includes faculty not only St. John’s College, but also University of Dallas, Templeton Honors College, Houston Baptist University, Thomas Aquinas College, and New St. Andrews College. 

Of course, we leave it to you to make the best choices for your students and hope you will find various opportunities on Scholé Academy that will be meaningful and beneficial for your child’s education and spiritual growth.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please do let us know. 

St. John’s College Seminar for 10th-12th Grade Students – Informational Webinar

with Loren Rotner

Archived Event

  • Date: Nov. 17, 2020
  • Time: 8-8:30pm ET
Watch the Recording

About the Event

Please join Loren Rotner to learn more about a free seminar opportunity offered by St. John’s College, Annapolis, for 10th-12th grade students of Scholé Academy, St. Raphael School, and Canterbury House.  The seminar will be held January 4-8, 2021 during our Christmas break. Led by the world-class faculty of St. John’s College, these seminars will engage no more than twelve students in discussions of the fundamental questions, both timeless and timely. The seminars will be conducted in a safe environment solely composed of Scholé Academy students, but are limited in enrollment.

Topics to Be Covered:

  • What is the High School Seminar Program on Zoom?
  • The subject of the seminar: Plato’s Apology of Socrates and Crito (p. 63-99; 99-115)
  • The format of the seminar experience
  • Application procedure



St. John’s College Informational Webinar

with Loren Rotner

Archived Event

  • Date: Nov. 17, 2020
  • Time: 7-8pm ET
Watch the Recording

About the Event

St. John’s College is the nation’s premier, secular Great Books College, located in Annapolis, MD and Santa Fe, NM. At St. John’s, all students seek a liberal education from the best books from across Western Civilization and all subjects of learning.

Topics to Be Covered:


Loren Rotner, PhD
Special Assistant to the President
Visiting Tutor
St. John’s College, Annapolis



Classic Learning Test (CLT) Information Night

Alec Bianco

Archived Event

  • Date: Nov. 7, 2019
  • Watch the full recording of the event by signing up below.
Watch the Recording

About the Event

Join Alec Bianco from the CLT. Alec was classically homeschooled through 12th grade, attended St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD, and now works for the Classic Learning Test (CLT). He remembers how challenging high school can be, with transcripts, standardized tests, and the looming approach of college.

Alec is excited to discuss some of these challenges, the ins and outs of higher education and the college admissions process, and talk about how CLT fits into all of this.

Discussion Topics:

  • History of College Entrance Exams
  • Standardized Tests and the Educational Renewal Movement
  • SAT/ACT vs CLT

Get Answers to Your Questions

  • Who: Any student or parent interested in learning more about college admissions process and college entrance exams
  • What: Informational session hosted by Alec Bianco from the CLT
  • When: This event took place on November 7 and was recorded
  • Where: Sign up below to access the video recording of the event


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