Summer Institute at St. Joseph’s College


Summer Institute at St. Joseph’s College (SI@SJC) is a summer academic day program for students from across NYC. Our convenient Brooklyn campus is beautiful, safe and is a wonderful place to learn. We accept students who are currently in grades 5, 6, and 7 in our middle school Summer Institute and students who are currently in grades 8, 9, 10 and 11 in our high school Summer Institute.

At SI@SJC our goal is to provide each student with one of the most enriching academic and social experiences of their life during their stay on our beautiful Brooklyn campus.

Our programs are designed to foster personal development through academic study and shared experience. During each one-week session, students choose one class on which to focus. We offer a broad array of courses that are unmatched in the metro area. Each student will have a unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their subject and the world. Plus they will have made lots of new friends!

Our academic day is divided into two portions:  majors and electives.  At the time of registration, our students will choose their Major.  The major will be the class in which they study the most, and will absorb two to three of the four class periods per day.  The electives, chosen on the first day of the program, are designed to be shorter, fun, whimsical introductions to interesting and different topics that many students will find fascinating.

During the day, students spend morning and afternoon sessions in their chosen major. All of our classes are hands-on, interactive, and project based. Class sizes are small and feature talented and experienced faculty.

About St. Joseph’s College

Since 1916, St. Joseph’s College has provided an affordable liberal arts education to a diverse group of students.  Independent and coeducational, St. Joseph’s prepares students for lives of integrity, social responsibility and service – lives that are worthy of the College’s motto, Esse non videri - “To be, not to seem.”

St. Joseph’s challenges its approximately 5,000 students to develop their full potential and a joy of learning. With more than 400 faculty members, the College enjoys a student-faculty ratio that provides individual attention in an open, supportive atmosphere.

St. Joseph’s remains dedicated to maintaining low costs while upholding a strict standard of excellence. While retention rates at most colleges are slipping, St. Joseph’s remains above the national average.

Its academic strength hasn’t gone unnoticed. For over a ten consecutive years, the College has consistently been recognized among “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S.News & World Report.


About Summer Institute on the Brooklyn Campus

The campus is located on Clinton Avenue, between Willoughby and DeKalb Avenues, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Students can arrive via car, or via train to the Clinton-Washington stop on the G train.

The campus is safe, clean, beautiful and well maintained. Dedicated security officers at the front door provide for student safety by being part of the check-in and check-out process. The students are also issued a special SI @ SJC camp identification card, which they are required to use for check- in and out each day.

Overview of Summer Institute

Summer Institute at St. Joseph’s is a summer academic program divided into classes for two age groups:

The Middle School Program


For students currently in grades 5th, 6th and 7th grades (who will be entering grades 6, 7,and 8 for the 2013-2014 academic year).

The High School Program


For students currently in grades 8th, 9th,10th and 11th grades (who will be entering grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 for the 2013-2014 academic year).

All classes are offered to both high school and middle school students with the exception of Psychology and Advanced Creative Writing, which is offered to high school students only. Age group programs divide classes, so middle school students and high school students will have two distinct classrooms, teachers and depth of study.

All classes and curriculum are developed using one-week long academic modules. In this way any student can start any course at any session. Students may also take more than one session, in the same class, with minimal repetition. Students may also attend multiple sessions, taking multiple classes, and extend their learning throughout the summer! We have special pricing for students who attend more than one session, as we want to encourage multi-session attendance.

Our staff has broken the day into four class-periods. For three periods, students will study in their chosen major. For the fourth period, students will take classes in the elective of their choice.

Majors: Students choose their intensive at the time of registration (online). These courses, held during three class periods per day, for one week, offers intensive immersion in the chosen course of study. So whether students have experience in the class, or are trying something new for the first time, this is their chance to really engage with the subject. Each major features off-campus academic field trips that offer real-world insight and flavor to the subject.

Electives: This year we give the students a chance to take elective courses. These classes, which draw on the strengths of our teachers, and are short introductions to interesting areas of academic study. Each Monday morning, the teaching staff will describe the electives they will be teaching. Students will choose their elective at lunchtime, allowing students to choose an elective with a new friend.

Program Dates are:

Session 1:
 July 7 – July 11, 2014
Session 2: July 14 – July 18, 2014
Session 3:
 July 21 – July 25, 2014

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