Washington High School Program

Get a first-hand look at how the U.S. political system works and the role young people play in our government.

Use DC as a living classroom!

Close Up Foundation’s Washington D.C. High School Program is a one-of-a-kind trip for students to experience their government in action. During this six-day/five-night program, students make personal connections with the people, institutions, and iconic sites that embody our nation’s past and present.  

As students tour our nation’s capital and forge new, lasting friendships, they have the chance to: 

  • Discuss current issues with experts, policymakers, and members of Congress or their staff; 
  • Explore Capitol Hill and witness a live congressional committee hearing to see how policy is crafted;* 
  • Engage in meaningful discussions with peers from around the country and debate the most pressing issues facing our nation in a Mock Congress; 
  • Visit and study the famous monuments and memorials, world-renowned museums, and hallowed institutions that define our history; and 
  • Get a glimpse of diplomacy by visiting an embassy and meeting an ambassador or diplomat.* 

Tight on time? You can also get the Close Up educational tour of Washington, DC, in four fun-filled days 


*Subject to availability. 

Participation in a Close Up program 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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