Washington, DC and the Mid Atlantic Region
Junior High/Middle School Seminar
Through the years, Washington Workshops Junior High Middle School Seminar to Washington, DC has justifiably earned the reputation of being “…the best of travel/study programs to our Nation’s Capital for America’s junior citizens.”
Customized By Group Options
For five decades, the Junior High Middle School Seminar to Washington, DC has offered America’s junior citizens a wonderful and very special opportunity to visit our Nation’s Capital. These enjoyable and professionally administered tours and learning programs have been acclaimed by teachers, students and parents alike. Extending from a few days to a week in length, many thousands of American youngsters have participated in the programs over the past 40+ years, returning home with memories and new found knowledge to last a lifetime.
Since inception, the Junior High Middle School Seminar to Washington, DC has been sponsored by the Washington Workshops Foundation, founded in 1967 as a non-profit, non-partisan educational foundation. Washington Workshops is the multiple recipient of the Americanism Award of the Valley Forge Freedoms Foundation for “outstanding achievement in bringing about a better understanding of the American way of life.”
The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed the Workshops seminars on the Advisory List of National Contests and Activities. In addition, Washington Workshops has received the support of the National Association of Independent Schools, the National Council for Social Studies, and has been endorsed by the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Welcome To Washington, DC!
- Arrival and Welcome
- The Washington Monument
- Check Into Hotel or Conference Center
- Dinner and Seminar Orientation
- Evening Social
Democracy In Action
- Group Photo at the US Capitol
- Tour of the US Capitol Building
- Meeting with Senators and Representatives
- Supreme Court and Library of Congress
- Committee Hearings
- The Night Tour of Classical Washington
Each program day begins with charter bus transportation in and around Washington for on-site visits to places such as the United States Supreme Court, the Smithsonian Institution museums, Arlington National Cemetery, and other memorials and government buildings. As a cornerstone to our programs, students travel to Capitol Hill for scheduled appointments with Members of Congress and their staffs. Time is also provided for attending debates in the House and Senate and visiting Congressional committee sessions. Scheduled Capitol and White House tours are often planned ahead and arranged through congressional offices. Throughout the week, tours and visits will be made to such places as Mount Vernon (George Washington’s ancestral home), the National Air and Space Museum, the Natural History Museum, and Washington National Cathedral. Program counseling staff accompany the students at all times during the week.
Featured evening speakers include special agents of the FBI and US Secret Service or U.S. Marshals Service and other officials of the Executive departments. One evening, called Geography Exchange, will be dedicated to a cultural exchange between student groups to share in the unique and diverse backgrounds of their respective hometowns. The night consists of an interactive activity and a memento exchange. Some schools may even present traditional dances! Another evening, students enjoy a chartered bus tour of the lighted memorials of official Washington. The final evening features a voyage aboard a Washington boat charter on the Potomac River with a buffet dinner and student dance and evening program.
- Hotel or Dorm Accommodations – Based on your preferences and budget
- Breakfast and dinner each day (Lunches can also be included)
- Mt. Vernon, The Newseum, Ford’s Theater and The Smithsonian Museums
- Arlington National Cemetery, National Monuments, Evening Tour of DC
- Capitol Hill Experience: Capitol Building, Supreme Court, Library of Congress
- Charter bus transportation to and from all seminar activities
About Workshops Foundation
Since 1967, the Workshops Foundation has provided experience-based educational travel programs to highly motivated, academically prepared, and inquisitive people from across the United States and around the world. The majority of our programs have brought students and educators to Washington, D.C. for a more comprehensive understanding of leadership, civic education, the federal government, U.S. politics, American history, and global affairs. Programs available include simulations of the U.S. Congress, internships, academically themed seminars, professional development, and person-to-person exchange.