The King's College

High School Summer Academy

July 23–28, 2017

The Story of New York City

The Summer Academy is a week long camp designed for students who love ideas and want to understand the philosophical foundations of modern society. 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 concentrations: Political Economy, Media and Journalism, or Leadership.

Areas of Study



Political Economy students will explore the development of New York City including:

  • Its rise and status as the financial capital of the world.
  • Its history of governance, from machine politics and political bosses to urban decay and urban renewal.
  • Its role as a cultural and philosophical center in American thought.

Students will reflect on how New York City developed over the past 250 years and the various ways in which it has, and continues, to affect people around the world. Students will have readings from primary and secondary source material that will help them understand the economics, history, politics, and culture of NYC.

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Media and Journalism students will explore media’s role in modern society by:

  • Exploring the life and times of the late John McCandlish Phillips, a legendary reporter for The New York Times in the 1960s and 1970s, during the “new Journalism” boom.
  • Learning about journalism and media history in NYC including the story of Danish immigrant journalist Jacob Riis, who used reporting and flash photography to uncover squalid living conditions on the Lower East Side. He is now considered a pioneer of socially redemptive journalism.
  • Visiting a New York City Newsroom and hearing from editors at a major publication.

Students will consider 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.



Leadership students will explore the power of leadership principles through the lens of the first, and 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.
  • Discern lessons from the battle that remain relevant to leaders in the modern era.

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. Students will read from secondary source material that will help them appreciate the dynamics of prioritizing effectively, adapting in crisis, and leading in uncertainty.


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.
Students will travel to and from airports by taxi, and be escorted between and at all events by Summer Academy staff.

Click here to view the Summer Academy 2017 schedule.



July 23, 2017 – July 28, 2017


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

  • Stay in NYC
    • $1600 if you deposit by December 31, 2016
    • $1950 after December 31, 2016
  • Day Participant
    • $750 if you deposit by December 31, 2016
    • $1000 after December 31, 2016


Need based scholarships are available. Please email for more information.


Completing this brief application begins the Summer Academy Application process.


Upon acceptance into the Summer Academy Program, a student must submit a $250 enrollment deposit to secure their admission into the program by December 31, 2016 (early registration) or May 15, 2017 (regular registration).


The remaining program balance must be paid in full by June 15, 2017. To check your balance, please visit your Student Portal Ledger.



“One thing that I loved about the Summer Academy was the lectures. Each lecture was riveting and connected back well to the theme of Cities of God and Man, especially Professor Corbin’s lecture on Plato’s idea of the decline of the regime relating to Thomas Cole’s paintings in “The Course of Empire”. The preparation was long, but necessary and very valuable. Outside of the classroom, I loved EVERYTHING. Summer Academy was such a great representation of both NYC and TKC. It was absolutely one of the best weeks of my life!”

Catherine Corbin
Exeter High School
Summer Academy Alumna, Class of 2015

“I appreciated the ability to explore the different majors at King’s and found this allowed me to open my perspective to some unexplored areas of potential interest. I also appreciated the small group of participants and getting to know others in the group better and having a more intimate opportunity to share ideas and interact. I also appreciated the detailed communication in advance of my arrival which allowed me to prepare and anticipate my time at King’s and in NYC.”

Nolan Anderson
Glendale Preparatory Academy
Summer Academy Alumnus, 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.”

Mary Grace Metheny
Veritas Press, Junior
Summer Academy Alumna, Class of 2015

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Who is eligible to attend?

    High school students who are currently a sophomore, junior, or senior in the 2016-2017 school year are eligible to attend during the summer of 2017.

  • When is the application deadline?

    Applications for early registration must be received by December 1, 2016. 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 2016-2017 school year.

    Students who apply should be interested in journalism, media, business, art, culture, government or politics.

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

  • What are the costs for the 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

    $1600 if you deposit by December 31, 2016
    $1950 after December 31, 2016

    Day Participant

    $750 if you depositby December 31, 2016
    $1000 after December 31, 2016

  • 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?

    Complimentary transportation will be provided for students flying into LaGuardia airport. 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.  Students will always travel in groups and will be accompanied by an Academy Ambassador.

  • Will my son/daughter be supervised?

    Students who fly into LaGuardia airport will be continuously supervised from baggage claim at LaGuardia airport on the day of arrival until they pass through security prior to departure.  Due to security regulations, we cannot meet your student at the gate or pass through the TSA checkpoint with them.  We will assist your students with directions to or from their gates.

    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, group work, and while they stay in the dormitories.

    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 extremely hot and humid in July.

  • 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.