Frequently Asked Questions

What is the National History Academy?

The National History Academy is a 5-week residential summer program for rising 10th, 11th and 12th grade students with an interest in American History. Through a combination of traditional and place-based teaching approaches, students will have the opportunity to learn by doing – by experiencing American history in the places where it actually happened. Students will enjoy 3-4 trips to historic sites per week, supplemented by dynamic classroom experiences, keynote lectures, and group and individual projects.

Why go to the National History Academy?

Students at the National History Academy will learn the foundations of American History by visiting some of the most historic places in the United States and will have unprecedented access to distinguished scholars, political leaders, and the seminal documents that define our nation. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about the leaders who helped shape and define this nation by walking in their footsteps.

Quite simply: there is no other program like this in the Nation.

What is the admissions process for the National History Academy?

Students who are interested in attending should apply by submitting a short application, as well as a short response to the following question:

Tell us why you want to be a part of the National History Academy in two paragraphs.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee and judged on maturity of response and understanding of the topic. Students whose application is successful will be invited to register for the National History Academy.

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. Applications submitted by the 1st day of the month will receive an admissions decision by the 15th of the month. Applications submitted by the 15th of the month will receive a response by the last day of the month.

Recruitment for summer of 2019 will open on October 1, 2018.

What is the quality of the education?

The National History Academy is passionate about teaching students American history through an innovative, place-based approach, and our teachers and counselors play a vital role in this experience. Students will be taught by a staff of accomplished master teachers who are  experienced in weaving together immersive experiences, the Advanced Placement (AP) history curriculum, and innovative projects to create a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students.

Will I receive college credit?

Students will not receive college credit, but will receive a certificate of completion.

How many students does the National History Academy accept?

The National History Academy has a capacity of 100 students.

Is this program accredited?

The National History Academy is seeking American Camp Association accreditation and will meet or exceed national standards for summer programs.

Where are the students from?

Students of the National History Academy are being recruited from across the country and internationally.

What sites will the Academy visit?

Although the schedule is subject to change, students at the Academy will most likely visit the following sites (and possibly several more):

  • Native American Sites including the Carolina Road
  • Jamestown
  • Williamsburg
  • Yorktown
  • Presidential sites including:
    • George Washington’s Mount Vernon
    • Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
    • James Madison’s Montpelier
  • African American slavery sites
  • Civil War sites including:
    • Gettysburg National Military Park
    • Antietam National Battlefield
    • Manassas National Battlefield
  • Transportation Revolution sites including:
    • Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
  • National Parks including:
    • Shenandoah National Park
    • The Appalachian Trail National Park
    • The National Mall
    • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
  • Civil Rights sites including:
    • The Lincoln Memorial
    • Storer College
  • The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Washington, D.C.
    • The Smithsonian National Museum of American History
    • The U.S. Capitol
    • The National Mall
    • The Old Soldiers’ Home (Lincoln Cottage)

Who goes to the National History Academy?

The National History Academy is designed for highly motivated rising 10th, 11th and 12th-grade students with an interest in American history, government and law.

What is it like living in a dorm?

It’s fun! Students will share bedrooms and bathrooms, but all beds are across the hall in separate “sleeping porches,” an integral part of the Foxcroft School experience.

Dorms are separated by gender, with same-sex teaching staff living on each floor.

See the “Student Life” page for more information.

I have a restricted diet. What will I eat?

At the National History Academy, we know that a balanced diet for our students is important. That is why we are committed to delivering a healthy, delicious menu with options to satisfy even the pickiest eater. Students will be able to select from a variety of options, so accommodating food allergies, vegetarian diets and most other dietary restrictions won’t be an issue. Please call if you have a specific need you would like to discuss.

What do we do for fun?

The pool is open from 1 pm to 6 pm every day, movie nights will be a regular occurrence, and tennis matches, softball games, and ping pong tournaments will add a bit of friendly competition! Students will have access to a gymnasium, playing fields, an exercise area, and hiking trails at Foxcroft.

What happens on the weekends?

Weekends will include volunteer opportunities, learning experiences, lectures, and some day trips to historic sites.

Please also see the previous question – what we do for fun!

Are students allowed to have cell phones?

Yes, students are allowed to have cell phones so long as they are used responsibly and do not disturb other students. Students may not talk on the phone on the sleeping porches of the dorms, which are a silent zone. Cell phones may not be used during classes or tours of historic sites (other than to take pictures, when allowed).

Is there internet available?

Yes, students will have internet access.

Is there a bed time?

Students are expected to be in bed with the lights off at 10:30 pm every night.

Can friends or family visit?

The majority of our Academy experience is programmed to make the most of our short time together. Parents and families will be invited the final weekend to get a glimpse of what their students have experienced for a final project showcase.

What is your tobacco and alcohol policy?

Foxcroft School is a smoke-free campus, and the National History Academy has a strict zero-tolerance policy regarding tobacco and alcohol.

How safe is the campus?

Foxcroft School is located in Middleburg, VA, a safe and quiet hamlet in the Virginia countryside. To further ensure the safety of students, the Foxcroft campus has a gatehouse, which is manned by security at all times.

All dormitories are secure, with students only having access to their own building. Any door opened after curfew triggers a silent alarm to notify the staff.

How much does the National History Academy cost?

The cost of the five-week residential camp is $9,995 per student, inclusive of room, board, learning materials, transportation, and admission to historic sites.

Is financial aid available?

Limited financial aid is available on a need basis. Students who would like to be considered for financial aid should indicate this on their Academy application. Families are notified if they have received financial aid at the same time as they receive notification about the admission decisions.

Do staff members live in the dorms?

Yes, teaching staff are assigned to live in the dorms. Dorms are separated by gender, with same-sex teaching staff staying in private rooms on each floor.

What type of medical care is available?

The National History Academy employs two professional nurses staffing a health center to provide first-aid and response to minor ailments and injuries. Approximately five miles away are several family practice offices. Within 15 miles, there are two level-III trauma centers, and within 35 miles there is a level-I trauma center. The D.C. area boasts some of the most highly rated medical facilities and hospitals in the nation.

Is medication allowed?

Yes. The nursing staff will provide supervision and safeguard of all medication.

Can students have cars?

No, students cannot have cars at the Academy. All transportation will be provided by coach bus.

How do you apply for a financial aid?

Limited financial aid is available on a need basis. Students who would like to be considered for financial aid should indicate this on their Academy application. Families are notified if they have received financial aid at the same time as they receive notification about the admission decisions.

How do I pay for the Academy?

Students who are accepted will be invited to register for the Academy. Tuition must be paid in full by May 1, 2018.

Families paying by credit card have the option to pay in full at the time of enrollment or can pay in three equal installments on March 15, April 15 and the balance will be due by May 15.