Washington, DC, High School Program

Get a first-hand look at how the American political system works & the role young people play in our government.

High school male student learning at Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC Shadow

Use DC as a living classroom!

Close Up’s Washington, DC, High School Program is a one-of-a-kind trip for students to experience their government in action. During this 6-day/5-night program, students make personal connections with the people, institutions, and iconic sites that embody our nation’s past and present. On Close Up, students have the chance to:

  • Discuss current events with political experts, policymakers, and members of Congress or their staff;
  • Explore Capitol Hill and witness a live congressional committee hearing*;
  • Engage in meaningful discussions with peers from around the country and debate the most pressing issues facing our nation in a Mock Congress;
  • Be inspired by the famous monuments, world-renowned museums, and hallowed institutions that define our history; and
  • Get a glimpse of diplomacy up close by discovering an embassy and meeting an ambassador or diplomat.*

Tight on time? Get the full Close Up Washington, DC, educational tour in four fun-filled days!  Click here to learn more. 

*Subject to availability.

Participation in a Close Up program requires parent or guardian approval for any participants under 18 years of age. 




Washington, DC

Six-Day Program

Learn about American democracy first-hand during this in-depth exploration of the nation’s capital. Learn More >

Washington, DC

Four-Day Program

Explore the nation’s capital during this fast-paced 4-day adventure! Learn More >


Watch our nation’s future unfold in the heart of DC! Learn More >

Washington, DC & New York City

Examine the relationship between business and government with visits to two of America’s most important cities! Learn More >

Washington, DC & Williamsburg

Better understand the evolution of American democracy with visits to our nation’s most historic cities. Learn More >

New Americans Program

Discover our nation’s diverse heritage on this DC program geared to immigrant and migrant students. Learn More >

Create Your Own Program

Partner with us to design a one-of-a-kind DC experience for your school! Learn More >

American Indian Focus Programs

Consider the issues facing Indian Country through one of three exclusive programs offered in the nation’s capital. Learn More >

Virtual Programs

Discover upcoming opportunities for engaging virtual programming! Learn More >