DC & Philadelphia Middle School Program

Discover the origins of American democracy as you explore Capitol Hill, Independence Hall, and other exciting sites!

Travel beyond the capital to America’s birthplace.

Our Washington, DC, and Philadelphia Middle School Program helps students understand the significance of American democracy, from its early years to modern times. During this five-day/four-night trip, students consider how America’s revolutionary experiences shaped ideas about rights, democracy, and liberty.  

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

  • Discuss the historical events that have shaped our nation through visits to must-see sites in DC and Philadelphia; 
  • Engage with peers to debate pressing national issues in an interactive Mock Congress; 
  • Visit the National Constitution Center to experience the history of the Constitution and understand what it means today; 
  • Explore Independence Park and the birthplace of our nation; 
  • Learn the origins of the Liberty Bell and how it became such an iconic symbol; 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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