2021 Middle School Programs

Through a series of one-week programs this summer, rising 7th, 8th and 9th-grade students will explore U.S. History through specific themes, driven by essential questions to guide you in your studies as you visit important historic sites around the country and develop greater historical knowledge and understanding.  We have unlimited scholarships so all may attend. Sign up for one week or all four!

The weekly themes and visits include:

  • “Innovation,” with visits to the Jonas Salk Institute, Maggie Walker National Historic Site and Thomas Edison National Historical Park.
  • “Diplomacy and Leadership,” with visits to Gettysburg, Eisenhower National Historic Site, and Chamizal National Memorial.
  • “We the People,” with visits to James Madison’s Montpelier, Ellis Island and Hull House.
  • “Power to the People,” with visits to Cesar Chavez National Historic Site, Tuskegee, and Stonewall National Monument.

During your classroom sessions, you will have an opportunity to:

  • Explore history through a series of virtual site visits and presentations from historians and site content experts.
  • Analyze and Evaluate powerful primary source texts and contemporary news articles in historical context.
  • Share in civil discourse with peers led by teachers eager to make connections between the site visits, lectures, documents, and conversations.
  • Connect the past to the present through current events, articles, and discussion rooted in connecting the past to the present.

Each week, you will spend about three-four hours a day in small online classes led by top history teachers from around the country. In daily classes, you will meet to explore the theme of the week. Three or four days a week will include one-hour virtual tours of relevant sites. During the course of the session, you will work in smaller groups on a final collaborative project. A national leader or historian will speak on the final day.