The King's College

Summer Academy

July 22-27, 2018 | July 29 - August 3, 2018

The Best Week of Your Summer

Summer Academy at The King’s College is a week-long camp designed for high school students who love ideas and want to understand the moral and intellectual foundations of modern society from a biblical worldview. Through original source readings, lectures, and discussions you will broaden your understanding of the ideas that animate our society. You will experience New York City through visits to museums, historic sites, activities, discussions, and other attractions. Summer Academy students can choose to study under one of the following tracks: Political Economy, Leadership, Business, or Media and Journalism. These tracks will be taught by Christian faculty, including how the truths of Christianity relate to their respective content.

Facebook Live

Hear our Summer Academy faculty discuss the curriculum and activities that make up this unique high school program. From the May 1st live broadcast.


Areas of Study



July 22-27, 2018

Adam Smith, the great Scottish moral philosopher and father of economics, describes political economy as the study of how to enable people to create wealth for themselves and, in the process, for the government. The political economy track will look at various topics related to how the economy functions and how society is governed.

Students will read well-known economists, political theorists, and social commentators. They will grapple with a variety of perspectives on the nature of the economy, of society, and of government. They will also be wrestling with some of the most difficult economic policy questions we face today.

TKC Students talking in front of NASDAQ


July 22-27, 2018

Nearly 400 years ago, a group of entrepreneurs from The Netherlands established a trading post in what is now the island of Manhattan. The Business in NYC track will trace how NYC built on its capitalist roots to become the global financial capital that it is today. Using NYC as our case study, students will examine the relationships between corporations and other stakeholders, including government, nonprofits, and society at large. Through field trips, guest lectures, readings and class discussions, students will gain insights into the skills that today’s business leaders and entrepreneurs need to build successful corporations that can adapt to changing environments and varied demands of multiple stakeholders.

journalism (1)


July 29-August 3, 2018

Journalists and publishers like Jacob Riis, William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer battled for readers in the 19th and 20th Centuries in New York City. Now, startups like Buzzfeed, Mashable and Vice Media are doing the same. The media and Journalism students will explore media’s role in modern society by considering the roots of American journalism and media in a city that has been the American epicenter for news and information for centuries. Students will read from primary and secondary sources to understand how the city of New York shaped journalism and media…and was shaped by journalism and media.

In addition to hearing overarching sessions on media and journalism, students will choose between one of the two following skill training areas:

Sports Reporting with Clemente Lisi. Lisi, a journalism professor at The King’s College, is a former editor at the New York Daily News, ABC News and New York Post. He has covered many sporting events, including soccer’s World Cup and the World Series, and coordinated coverage for the 2008 Summer Olympics. He will take students to at least one sporting event in the New York/New Jersey area and introduce them to covering games and athletes in the sports capital of the country.

Culture Reporting and Writing with Terry Mattingly and Paul Glader. Mattingly is a syndicated religion columnist who wrote a book about faith and pop culture and was the first mainstream journalist to interview Bono about his faith in the early 1980s. Glader is a former staff writer at The Wall Street Journal, who has written culture pieces for magazines, newspapers and websites from food reviews, movie reviews and TV reviews at outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. They will take students to at least one film or play and show them how to think and write about culture.



July 29-August 3, 2018

Leadership students will explore the power of leadership principles by studying the largest battle of the American Revolutionary War – the Battle of Brooklyn. Students will:

  • Study the roles of key leaders from both the American and British sides of the battle, examining their backgrounds, decisions, outcomes, and impact during the battle.
  • Visit key battlefield locations in order to appreciate the obstacles and opportunities the leaders faced.
  • Apply the principles discerned from their study of the battle to their own leadership roles in school, church, or teams back home.

Applying the lessons from history, students will understand how the issues faced by commanders, soldiers, and sailors in this 18th century battle can be used as precedents for decision-making and leadership in the 21st century. Secondary source materials from both the American and British perspectives will help them appreciate the dynamics of analyzing circumstances, prioritizing effectively, adapting in crisis, and leading with conviction.


Past Academies have included tours of the Museum of Modern Art, Staten Island, Yankees game, an adventure to the Cloisters, a Cultural Tour, and more! All meals are provided.

Download the tentative schedules for this year’s program.

Week 1 | Week 2

Summer Academy Students


July 22, 2018 – July 27, 2018 OR July 29 – August 3, 2018


The cost of the week covers all meals, lodging, site visits, travel in New York City, lectures, and (1) hour academic credit.

  • Stay in NYC: $1,950
  • Day Participant: $1,000


Need-based and merit-based scholarships are available. Please email for more information.

Apply Now

Completing this brief application begins the 2018 Summer Academy at the King’s College application process.

Upon acceptance, you will need to submit a $250 enrollment deposit to secure your admission into the program. The remaining balance will be due by June 15, 2018. You will receive all instructions for this upon acceptance into the program.

Sitwat Atiq

Sitwat Atiq
Sugar Land, TX
2017, Political Economy

“From incredible walks discussing the historic developments of New York City to engaging in detailed discussions about manipulative political control with the professors; The King’s Summer Academy provides the best NYC experience imaginable! A perfect myriad of knowledge, art, culture and family at its finest.”

Alexander McIntosh

Alexander McIntosh
Suwanee, GA
2016, Politics and Government

“The Summer Academy program was the most invigorating and stimulating academic experience I have ever been a part of. After spending a week on campus, interacting with professors, making new friends, and exploring New York City, I knew there was no other college that could match what King’s brings to the table.”

Mary Grace Metheny

Mary Grace Metheny
Dallas, TX
Summer Academy Class of 2015

“It’s really hard not to say everything when asked what I loved about the Summer Academy, because I really did enjoy the week so much. That to say, one thing that really stuck out was spending time with professors and students of King’s. Discussing the morning’s lecture with the professor, talking about life of a NYC student while riding on the subway — those were such life-giving conversations. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to be welcomed into conversations with people who possess an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience.”

Frequently Asked Questions
  • When is the Summer Academy?

    Two tracks will run each week, from Sunday evening until lunch on Friday:

    5:00 P.M. Sunday, July 22, 2018, through Noon Friday, July 27, 2018:
    -Political Economy Track–Professor Paul Mueller, Track Leader
    -Business Track–Professor Kimberly Reeve, Track Leader

    5:00 P.M. Sunday, July 29, 2018 through Noon Friday, August 3, 2018:
    -Media and Journalism (with Sports and Theater Journalism sub-tracks)–Professor Paul Glader, Track Leader
    -Leadership–Brigadier General Tim Gibson, Track Leader

  • Who is eligible to attend?

    High school students who are currently sophomores, juniors or seniors in the 2017-18 school year are eligible to attend during the summer of 2018.

  • When is the application deadline?

    Applications for early registration must be received by January 31, 2018. Applications for regular registration will be accepted on a rolling basis, so apply early and hear back from us sooner!

  • What are the requirements to be accepted to the Academy?

    Students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis based on their application.

    Students must be a sophomore, junior, or senior in the 2017-2018 school year.

    Students who apply should be interested in journalism, media, business, economics, politics, government, or leadership.

    Students should be academically oriented as the program will consist of lecture, discussion, and activities that are geared toward high-achieving high school students. GPA will be considered as a part of the application process.

  • What are the costs for The King’s College Summer Academy?

    The cost of the week covers all meals, lodging, site visits, travel in New York City, lectures, and (1) academic credit.

    Stay in NYC

    $1700 if you deposit by January 31, 2018
    $1950 after January 31, 2018

    Day Participant

    $800 if you deposit by January 31, 2018
    $1000 after January 31, 2018

  • How do I secure my spot in the program?

    By submitting your application and the non-refundable deposit of $250 upon acceptance, you can secure your spot for the summer.

  • How can I pay the rest of my tuition?

    Students who have been accepted into the Summer Academy program and have paid their Summer Academy deposit will receive their billing access information via email. Student balance must be paid in full before attending Summer Academy.

  • Should I book a flight as soon as I apply?

    Please wait to book a flight until you receive an acceptance letter from the Academy with further directions.

  • What airport should I fly into and what time should I plan to arrive?

    Complimentary transportation will be provided for students flying into LaGuardia airport. Students should arrange to arrive from 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Students arriving earlier than 1:00 p.m. may experience delays at the airport while waiting for transportation to campus. Students flying into other airports or who will be arriving by train or auto should travel straight to the hotel to check-in.

  • How will students be transported in and around NYC?

    Students will travel on public transportation during the week, including walking. Students will always travel in groups and will be accompanied by an Academy Ambassador.

  • What about housing?

    Students and staff will be staying in a hotel within easy walking distance to campus. They will share a room with one other student for the week.

    Male and female students will be separated during overnight hours in the hotel.

  • What should we bring with us?

    Students should bring business casual clothes and casual clothes with them to the Academy. Students will receive specific information on what to wear for each day upon acceptance. Comfortable shoes are a must!

    A valid, government-issued ID with photo, such as a driver’s license or passport.

    A laptop computer or tablet is highly recommended. Students find them very useful when completing projects!

    Notebooks, pens, pencils, highlighters, and other clerical items are suggested.

    Any reading materials we have provided to you should be brought with you. We will remind you what items you will need for each session or day.

    Do remember that our program continues no matter what the weather – New York City is known for being hot and humid in July.

  • What is expected from a student attending the Academy?

    Students are expected to come ready to learn and experience New York, with maturity and self-discipline. Our community thrives on independence and mutual respect, so students will be encouraged to interact with integrity and character. A full code of conduct will be sent for signature of the student and their parents before the session begins.

  • What can my son/daughter expect from the faculty and staff of the Academy?

    Students at the Academy will have the chance to interact with King’s professors, other experts in their field, and current students from King’s throughout their time at the Academy, during mealtimes and activities, as well as in the classroom.

    Due to security regulations, we cannot meet your student at the gate or pass through the TSA checkpoint with them. For those students flying into LaGuardia, we will assist your students with directions to or from their gates and meet them at baggage claim, where they will be escorted to campus.

    Students arriving at JFK or Newark airports or who arrive by car or train will be supervised after they arrive for check-in at the hotel.

    Chaperones will accompany students from the airport, during meals, site visits, lectures, activities, and group work. Students will be allowed to travel in groups in the city close to campus and between the hotel and campus during their day time free times. They will not be allowed to travel without a King’s representative in the evenings. Students violating this policy will be subject to dismissal from the program and the responsibility of their early return home will be at the student’s expense.

  • Who should I contact if I have questions about the Academy?

    Please feel free to contact or call 212-659-7293 with any questions you may have.

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