A life-changing experience for high school students with an interest in American history.

The National History Academy fosters an understanding of key events, people and issues in United States history and engages our nation’s future leaders in the rights and duties of American citizenship through place-based, experiential learning.

Our five-week summer program offers a unique blend of innovative classroom learning with opportunities for first-hand experiences at America's premier historic landmarks surrounding our nation's capitol.

The Academy is designed for highly motivated rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders. With enrollment limited to just 100 students, our program yields an exceptional group of scholars who are enthusiastic about learning.




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Live & Travel with a Community of Diverse Scholars

Student Scholars are surrounded by peers and professionals who are passionate about understanding the foundational principles of our American institutions so they can become engaged citizens and informed leaders. Meet student government officers, aspiring civic leaders and influential historians who all bring their unique perspective to the experience.

Stay Where it All Happened

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area, located just outside Washington, D.C., and the surrounding region is the only place in the nation that can offer significant historic sites covering key events over the whole span of American history.

Preparing Future Leaders for College & Beyond

With a curriculum crafted by influential historians and renowned educators, the National History Academy prepares Student Scholars for AP History exams, SAT II exams, college courses and leadership careers in any field of study.


Don't Just Learn American History, Live It.