Step Outside Your Classroom & Into Living History!

During this unforgettable and exciting experience, middle school students from across the country travel together to live and learn in the nation’s capital.

Close Up programs are the ultimate experience!

Embark on an adventure with new friends and discover the significance of DC’s famous monuments, incredible Smithsonian museums, and awe-inspiring memorials. Close Up gives students the perfect combination of learning and fun by putting them in the center of the nation’s most thrilling and historic cities!

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Washington, DC

Watch history come to life with this ultimate, hands-on DC experience!

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Washington, DC & New York City

Explore the inspiring landmarks, monuments, and memorials in these two iconic cities!

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Create Your Own Program

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience in DC and other historic sites on the East Coast with this fully-customizable program.

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Premier Election Series & Inauguration

Experience the excitement of the next Presidential Election and Inauguration first-hand in Washington, DC!

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Washington, DC & Philadelphia

Journey through American history by exploring these significant U.S. cities.

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Washington, DC & Williamsburg

Discuss the evolution of American democracy with visits to two of our nation’s most historic cities.

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Washington, DC & Gettysburg

Experience American history up close with visits to the nation’s capital and this Civil War battlefield.

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Founding of a Nation Program

Explore American history in-depth with this journey through the East Coast’s most notable cities.

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New Americans Program

Discover our nation’s diverse heritage on this DC program geared to immigrant and migrant students.

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Make connections between the past and the present.

Our thoughtful, intentional curriculum helps students engage with their peers, expand their perspectives, and gain a greater understanding of their role as citizens. We use:

  • A comprehensive curriculum that builds throughout the week;
  • Hands-on learning at museums and memorials;
  • Small-group discussions and large-group simulations about current issues and historical events; and
  • Structured daily questions to help students reflect on shared experiences.
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IMPACT 2020: Community Engagement Virtual Summer Experience

Join us for Impact 2020 – a unique and engaging virtual summer program designed to help middle school students develop the skills necessary to pursue a passion, tackle a community need, and form a network with other young leaders from across the country. The National Network of Schools in Partnership (NNSP) and Close Up Foundation have partnered to offer Impact 2020, a program designed to help young people develop their sense of purpose, and empower them to make an impact in their communities.