New Americans High School Program

Through hands-on learning experiences, recently immigrated and migrant students gain the skills and confidence to be active in their communities.

Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in the nation’s capital!

Close Up’s New Americans High School Program is built on the belief that textbooks and lectures alone are not enough to help students understand responsible citizenship. Our experiential, interactive approach allows migrant and recently immigrated students to get involved and voice their opinions on issues that matter to them. After this six-day/five-night program in Washington, DC, students return home empowered and ready to make a difference in their community.  

With Close Up, students have the opportunity to: 

  • Create personal connections to the people, places, and events that make this country unique; 
  • Experience U.S. history through our nation’s most significant documents, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights; 
  • Discuss the role of the executive branch and experience the thrill of a presidential campaign through a Mock Election; and 
  • Engage in discussions about the current issues they are most passionate about. 


Participation in the Close Up program for immigrant and migrant students requires parent or guardian approval for any participant under 18 years of age. Learn how we keep all students safe, secure, and supervised on every program.




Washington, DC

Six-Day Program

Learn about American democracy first-hand during this in-depth exploration of the nation’s capital. Learn More >

Premier Election Series & Inauguration

Experience the excitement of the next presidential election and inauguration up close in Washington, DC! Learn More >

Customize a Program for Your School

Partner with Close Up to design a customized experience for your school! Learn More >

Washington, DC

Four-Day Program

Explore the capital city in a fast-paced, four-day adventure! Learn More >

Washington, DC & New York City

Examine the relationship between business and government while visiting two of America’s most important cities. Learn More >

Washington, DC & Williamsburg

Study the evolution of American democracy by stepping back in time in two historical cities. Learn More >

New Americans Program

Discover our nation’s diverse heritage in a DC program geared toward immigrant and migrant students. Learn More >

American Indian Focus Programs

Consider the issues facing Indian Country in one of three exclusive programs in the nation’s capital. Learn More >

NAIS Student Civic Leadership Summit

How can you create positive change in your school and local community? Learn More >

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