School and Homeschool Programs

  • Discounted previews for teachers, administrators, or group leaders
  • Small group learning environment
  • Starting at $250
  • Contact us to plan your experience | 202-681-0046 |

Behind the Scenes on Capitol Hill


This experience will change how your students think about government. Students will get a real-time, up close look at the exciting moving parts behind the scenes on Capitol Hill. Before a bill makes it to the floor of Congress for debate, it starts off as a idea. Converting that idea into a law involves an exciting, often frustrating, only-in-America process that we'll examine closely here. 

Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

Your students will traverse the halls of the House of Representative office buildings, find and visit their Representative's office, explore the labyrinth of tunnels that connect the underground city on Capitol Hill, and visit either the Library of Congress or Supreme Court. If Congressional hearings are being held we will attend a hearing as part of our journey.


After completing this tour, participants will be able to:

  • Identify basic steps of how a federal law is made, from "have an idea" to "Presidential signature."
  • Describe the role of Congressional hearings in the law-making process.
  • Identify key Hill staff including Representative, Chief of Staff, Legislative Assistant, and Legislative Correspondent. 
  • Compare and contrast one or more responsibilities of the federal government vs the state and local levels.


This tour is available on weekdays that are not Federal Holidays. Typically there is more to see on the Hill on Tuesday-Thursday, when Congress is in session. We can work with you to find the best date during your visit.

Raymond Kaskey's WWII American Storybard

World War II: American Storyboard


One of the most compelling elements of the National World War II Memorial is a series of bas-relief panels lining the entrance. Sculptor Raymond Kaskey created the panels to illustrate how World War II permeated every aspect of American life from the battlefields to living rooms.

Students will engage in several thinking routines to investigate Kaskey's bas relief panels and explore how they add context to the memorial and shaping how we remember World War II. After investigation, students will complete a writing prompt representing their observations.


World War II: American Storyboard is available on any day of the week. Contact us to schedule.


The World We Build: Looking at Neighborhoods


The appearance and layout of our neighborhoods are not arbitrary. The world we build around us exists as a result of human decisions. But, how often do we really look closely at our immediate surroundings? In this program, we will look at a neighborhood in Washington, DC through the lens of urban planning and the built environment. How do we decide which spaces are dedicated to various needed uses; housing, stores and retail, schools, libraries and government services, industry and transit? How much space should we keep open and natural? These are all questions planners consider when designing and redesigning our communities. 

Your students will examine parts of the Georgetown or U Street neighborhoods as amatuer planners. They will make inferences about the plan of the neighborhood based on observations, and compare those to the actual plan from the District of Columbia. We will contrast the city neighborhoods with their own and discuss taking a similar close look at their home communities. This program is also available for teachers and other adult groups!


The World We Build: Looking at Neighborhoods is available on any day of the week. Contact us to schedule.