Washington Middle School Program

Experience everything Washington, DC, has to offer through first-hand interactions with history and government!

Live and learn in the nation’s capital!

Our four-day/three-night Washington Middle School Program is more than just an educational tour of DC’s famous monuments and memorials. Students examine the people, events, debates, and enduring questions that have forged our form of government.  

Guided by our highly trained program instructors, Close Up students have the opportunity to: 

  • Discuss the events that have shaped American history through visits to DC’s must-see sites; 
  • Engage with peers to debate the most pressing issues facing our nation in an exciting Mock Congress; 
  • Discover Capitol Hill and experience the legislative process by visiting the congressional galleries; 
  • Explore the world-renowned Smithsonian museums where our country’s history, art, and culture come alive; and 
  • Make lifelong friendships and exchange ideas with students from around the country! 


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

Watch history come to life in this ultimate, hands-on DC experience! Learn More >

Middle School Presidential Inauguration

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

Customize a Program for Your School

Partner with us to design a customized DC experience for your school. Learn More >

Washington, DC & New York City

Explore the inspiring landmarks, monuments, and memorials in two iconic cities! Learn More >

Washington, DC & Philadelphia

Journey through history by exploring these important American cities. Learn More >

Washington, DC & Williamsburg

Discuss the evolution of American democracy in visits to two of our nation’s most historical cities. Learn More >

Washington, DC & Mt. Vernon

Experience U.S. history up close with visits to our nation’s capital and the estate of our first president. Learn More >

New Americans Program

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

Local Programs

Start a local program in your area focused on state and local history! Learn More >

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