The National History Academy is designed for 100 highly motivated rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders from across the nation who already possess a basic knowledge of American history.
The National History Academy is hosted at Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Virginia, a premier student-centered private secondary school campus in a safe and secure environment, with modern residence halls, classrooms, athletic facilities, and dining hall. The campus itself was part of the territory traversed by cavalry and others during the Civil War Battle of Middleburg, and is within an hour of Washington, D.C., and 30 minutes from Dulles Airport. The campus is conveniently located within a three-hour drive of all the important historic sites that the students will visit.
Foxcroft has five dormitories that each house between 20-45 students. Our student/teacher ratio in the dorms is 6:1. Dorm Teams of teaching staff and counselors, who share the dorms with the students, will manage residential life and daily happenings. Students may have 1, 2 or 3 roommate(s). Boys and Girls will sleep in separate dormitories.
One special thing about Foxcroft dormitories is their sleeping porches. Each student shares a room and private bath with their roommate(s), but all beds are across the hall in a different area. Students are expected to be in bed with the lights out at 10:30 pm.
A cleaning service will clean common areas and bathrooms twice per week. Students are responsible for their own laundry at the coin-operated laundry facility.
During the 4-day, 3-night visit to Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown, students will stay at a local hotel.
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.
On days at Foxcroft, all meals will be held in the Dining Hall. Breakfast is served 7:00-8:00 am; lunch is available 11:30 am-1:00 pm; dinner from 6:00-7:00 pm. During field trips, students will enjoy a boxed lunch. Students will be able to select from a variety of options, so accommodating food allergies, vegetarians, and most dietary restrictions won’t be an issue.
Snacks outside of meal times are available for purchase at the vending machines or the concession stand.
When not exploring the foundations of American history, students can choose from a wide variety of activities to relax and enjoy the summer.
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 also have access to a gymnasium, playing fields, an exercise area, and hiking trails at Foxcroft.
The National History Academy is committed to the health and safety of our students. Our instructors and counselors are here to serve as extensions of your family – we will ensure our students stay hydrated, apply sunscreen, rest, and have a healthy, happy experience. The National History Academy is seeking American Camp Association accreditation, so you can be assured that all aspects of the camp will meet or exceed national standards for student care.
All teaching staff are first aid certified, and two registered nurses will be in residence at our health center. These experienced medical professionals will provide excellent care to your child, and will be in direct contact with you if a need arises.
If your child has any special medical requirements, please reach out to us to discuss them. We are happy to accommodate most needs.
Transportation to all sites will be provided by coach buses. Each bus will have at least two instructors and two counselors on board, in addition to the driver.