National History Academy Online is a challenging summer experience for students with an interest in the history, law and government of the United States.


Students who are interested in attending should register by submitting an application which includes GPA and test scores. Students are also asked to submit a short, two paragraph essay answering one of the following questions:

  • Which historical site has had the biggest impact on your life? Why
  • Which historical site would you most like to visit? Why?


Students should register five days before the session they plan to participate in begins.

Please review the content below for additional program-specific information.

College Prep Program

Four one-week sessions for rising 10th, 11th and 12th grade students with case studies, speakers and virtual site visits. This summer, National History Academy Online offers four one-week sessions, built around Harvard Business School Professor David Moss’s case-based “History of American Democracy” curriculum. The college-level cases provide an interdisciplinary and contextual examination of key historic events, permitting students to consider multiple viewpoints and place themselves in the role of decision makers. The cases will be augmented by a speaker series, as well as live and interactive online visits to important related historic sites, including national parks, presidential homes and museums. High school students can sign up for one, two, three or all four sessions and will study:

  • July 6-10 – “James Madison, the ‘Federal Negative,’ and the Making of the U.S. Constitution” case with virtual visits to James Madison’s Montpelier and George Washington’s Mount Vernon.
  • July 13–17 – “A Nation Divided: The United States and the Challenge of Secession” case. Visits to Fort Sumter and Gettysburg.
  • July 20–24 – “Martin Luther King and the Struggle for Black Voting Rights” case. Visit to the MLK home/Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
  • July 27-31 – “Democracy and Women’s Rights in America: The Fight Over the ERA” case. Visits to Seneca Falls and the Belmont Paul Women’s Equality National Monument.

Tuition. Tuition is free.

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Middle School Programs

Two two-week sessions for rising 7th, 8th and 9th-grade students with virtual site visits and a challenging and fun curriculum. This summer, National History Academy Online will offer a high school preparatory program for rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders. We will study major themes of our history and tie them directly to issues we face today. The program will have two two-week sessions with three virtual site visits each week.

FIRST SESSION: July 6 – July 17 (SESSION 1 FULL – Enrollment closed)
  • Week One: “Leadership and the Presidency.” We will explore themes of national expansion, national unity and global leadership through study of Thomas Jefferson at Monticello, Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt at Hyde Park.
  • Week Two: “Civil Rights.” We will examine the fight against segregation through the Little Rock Nine at Central High School, the struggle for Hispanic-American workers’ rights at Cesar Chavez National Monument, and the impact of Japanese internment camps at Minidoka National Historic Site.


SECOND SESSION: July 20 – July 31 (SESSION 2 FULL – Enrollment closed)
  • Week One: “Innovation.” As the country seeks a vaccine for Covid-19, we will study the search for the polio vaccine, the development of the automobile, and Thomas Edison’s many inventions at his laboratory in Orange, New Jersey.
  • Week Two: “Resilience.” The United States is currently faced with an unprecedented situation. We will examine the collective American response to past challenges through study of the Civil War at Gettysburg, and the 9/11 Museum in New York City.

Tuition. Tuition for each two-week session is $495. Scholarships are available by checking the “Scholarship” box. National History Academy is a nonprofit, and tuition received will defray the costs of the program.

Technical Requirements

Technical Requirements

In order to successfully participate in National History Academy Online programs, students should have access to the following:

  • Must have regular access to a reliable computer
  • An internet connection. High-speed broadband access is highly recommended
  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Speakers or headphones to hear audio from a computer

A reasonable level of computer literacy, including proficiency with the following (at a minimum):

  • Using a keyboard and mouse
  • Sending and receiving email
  • Selecting, copying, and pasting text
  • Accessing the Internet using a web browser such as Chrome or Firefox
  • Performing basic Internet searches with appropriate search terms
  • Using a webcam, microphone and speakers to participate in virtual meetings/classrooms.