Students who attend National History Academy come away better prepared for college and with a deeper understanding and appreciation of what it means to be an American. The Academy is based on active learning; all students participate in discussions and debates. Students develop their opinions and advocate for their viewpoints. They question each other, consider differing opinions and, inevitably, learn from each other as their individual positions evolve on key issues.
In addition to a dramatic increase in historical and civic literacy, students in both our residential and online programs gain social literacy. Throughout we encourage diversity of thought, and students are in class with others who are deeply interested in democracy. As they develop creative and critical thinking skills, they learn how to interact with peers from very different backgrounds. They learn from, and personally visit with, national leaders from a variety of fields, whether in person or on Zoom. Students gain self-confidence and feel better prepared for life beyond high school.
This growth in historical, civic and social literacy was documented both anecdotally and through surveys of our students. After completing the Academy:
- 96% felt they had a better understanding of what it means to be an American.
- 94% said the Academy improved their opinion of people with different backgrounds and perspectives than their own.
- 92% of students thought the Academy was more memorable than their other experiences studying history and government.
- 89% felt more confident after attending the Academy.
- 94% feel more prepared for college.
- 100% would recommend National History Academy to a friend.