About National History Academy

The mission of National History Academy is to inspire students to understand the foundations of American democracy and the responsibilities of citizenship through experiential learning.

In July 2020, we are launching National History Academy Online, a challenging summer experience for middle school and high school students with an interest in the history, law, and government of the United States, tying together defining moments in American history with very serious crises we are facing as a country today.

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Building on past success. National History Academy Online builds on the success of our groundbreaking residential program, which brings students together from all around the country for the summer to study the foundations of American Democracy. In a typical summer, students visit major historic sites, meet national leaders in government, historic sites, museums, and education, participate in parliamentary debates, and study defining moments of our country through intensive case studies. Academy students have come from throughout the country and gone on to top colleges, including Yale, Penn, West Point, Cornell, Columbia, Brown, Williams, Bowdoin, Rice, Texas, Michigan and USC. Due to Covid-19, we will not be operating our residential program in 2020.

National History Academy is an important initiative to address the current crisis in teaching and learning about American history. A recent report by the National Assessment of Educational Progress concluded that only 18% of high school seniors showed proficiency in their knowledge of American history and 23% were proficient in civics. Of the seven subjects included in the Report, students scored lowest in their knowledge of U.S. history. Today it is more important than ever that students have a strong foundation in historical and civic knowledge.

National History Academy has been developed by Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area, a 180-mile corridor from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania through Maryland and Harpers Ferry, West Virginia to Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Journey is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and as a National Heritage Area, receives support from the National Park Service and recognition from Congress.