Summer Program Blog

Summer Program Blog

Euclid time

In response to burgeoning demand, Thomas Aquinas College is increasing enrollment for the annual High School Summer Program — from 136 students in 2014 to 153 at this year’s program, which will take place from July 19 to August 1.

“We were pleasantly surprised at how many applications came in for the 2015 program, from across the U.S. and abroad, too,” says Director of Admissions Jon Daly. “Not wanting to turn anyone away, we decided to boost our enrollment.”

Despite the larger overall numbers, classes in the Summer Program will still be capped at 17 students. “We are bringing in another full-time member of the College’s teaching faculty to lead the classes,” says Mr. Daly. “That way our Summer Program students will continue to learn in the same manner as our undergraduate students — in a small classroom setting, sitting around a table, engaged in powerful conversations about the greatest works of Western civilization.”

Although the program is rapidly filling, there are still some spaces available for men and a waitlist for women. “Increasing our enrollment gives people who have been holding out one more chance to apply before it’s too late,” says Mr. Daly. “But they should move quickly.Time is running out!”


Cardinal Newman Society logoToday’s edition of the Cardinal Newman Society’s Catholic Education Daily blog features an article about the College’s High School Great Books Program. “The summer program,” writes author Kathryn Zagrobelny “is designed to encourage students to pursue truth and wisdom and experience student life at Thomas Aquinas College.”

If you are a high school junior, and you would like to spend two weeks in Southern California this summer — reading great books, deepening your faith, considering important questions, making lifelong friends, and having lots of fun — then apply now for this year’s program!


The Admissions Office team looks forward to welcoming some 130 high school students from around the country and abroad to the campus this coming Sunday, July 22, for the Summer Great Books Program. Please check back here regularly for pictures and posts from the program; the blog will be constantly updated throughout the two weeks. We look forward to keeping siblings, friends, parents, and teachers updated about all the classes, activities, and events!

Student check-in for the program is on Sunday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be a Parents’ Orientation for those who can make it at 4:00 p.m. in St. Bernardine of Siena Library, and a barbeque at 5:00 p.m. at the picnic area near the athletic field.

Please call the College at 800-634-9797 or e-mail Jon Daly, Admissions Director, for more information.
 


Fr. Sebastian leads a pre-game prayer

Monday the students discussed Macbeth, asking questions such as, “Should we pity Macbeth, or is Lady Macbeth really responsible for their downfall?” They were also introduced to Euclidean geometry, discussing the principles and propositions.  For the next five days students will be constructing and demonstrating propositions on the chalkboard. While this may be daunting at first, many students come to love Euclid, and even find that this becomes their favorite class.

The students were also given the opportunity to join Admissions Director Jon Daly and Admissions Counselors Scott Benigar and Louis Conklin for a brief admissions meeting.  The students were able to have any of their questions about the application process answered. Mass followed, and after afternoon classes, some students headed down to the athletic fields, while others relaxed in the Commons playing guitars, singing, and continuing their classroom conversations.

Study hall found the students busily reading The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius and preparing the propositions for the next day’s Euclid class, before quieting their minds by praying the rosary.  Finally, to end the night, there was the much-anticipated students vs. prefects basketball games.  The girls’ game was first, followed by the boys’ game.  Both were well-matched, intense, and a lot of fun, and the prefects managed to pull away for the win in each.

Below are two new slideshows from this weekend’s hike and trip to Santa Barbara.

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    2011 High School Summer Program — Punch Bowls Hike
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    2011 High School Summer Program — Punch Bowls Hike
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    2011 High School Summer Program — Punch Bowls Hike
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    2011 High School Summer Program — Punch Bowls Hike
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    2011 High School Summer Program — Punch Bowls Hike
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    2011 High School Summer Program — Punch Bowls Hike
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    2011 High School Summer Program — Punch Bowls Hike
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    2011 High School Summer Program — Punch Bowls Hike
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    2011 High School Summer Program — Punch Bowls Hike
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    2011 High School Summer Program — Santa Barbara Trip
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    2011 High School Summer Program — Santa Barbara Trip
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    2011 High School Summer Program — Santa Barbara Trip
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    2011 High School Summer Program — Santa Barbara Trip
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    2011 High School Summer Program — Santa Barbara Trip
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    2011 High School Summer Program — Santa Barbara Trip
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    2011 High School Summer Program — Santa Barbara Trip