New Americans Middle School Program

Immigrant and migrant students gain the knowledge and confidence they need to become informed, active participants in our democracy.

Discover your role in American democracy!

On Close Up’s five-day/four-night New Americans Middle School Program, students meet with peers from schools nationwide to learn how government impacts their lives and how they can make a difference. Students also gain the skills they need to become more involved in their communities back home. Guided by our highly trained instructors, participants in Close Up’s New American Students program will have the opportunity to:

  • Discuss the historical events that have shaped our nation through visits to DC’s must-see sites; 
  • Gain a personal connection to the people, places, and events that make this country so unique; 
  • Explore U.S. history through our nation’s most significant documents, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights; 
  • Launch into another stratosphere and explore the history and science of aviation and spaceflight at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum; and 
  • Take on the role of a member of Congress to debate and vote on today’s most pressing issues in an interactive congressional deliberation. 


Participation in a Close Up program requires parent or guardian approval for any participant under 18 years of age. Learn how we keep all students safe, secure, and supervised on every program.




Washington, DC

Watch history come to life in this ultimate, hands-on DC experience! Learn More >

Middle School Presidential Inauguration

Experience the excitement of the next presidential inauguration up close in Washington, DC! Learn More >

Customize a Program for Your School

Partner with us to design a customized DC experience for your school. Learn More >

Washington, DC & New York City

Explore the inspiring landmarks, monuments, and memorials in two iconic cities! Learn More >

Washington, DC & Philadelphia

Journey through history by exploring these important American cities. Learn More >

Washington, DC & Williamsburg

Discuss the evolution of American democracy in visits to two of our nation’s most historical cities. Learn More >

Washington, DC & Mt. Vernon

Experience U.S. history up close with visits to our nation’s capital and the estate of our first president. Learn More >

New Americans Program

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

Local Programs

Start a local program in your area focused on state and local history! Learn More >

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