Eighth Grade NYC/Washington, D.C. Study Tour

Each spring, eighth graders at USJ travel to Washington, D.C. and New York City as part of their study of American History. Students begin by touring the National Archives and the Holocaust Museum. They then complete their first day with a nighttime view of Washington, DC from the rooftop of the Kennedy Center. Over the course of their time in the nation’s capital, they also see the Vietnam, Korean, and World World II Memorials, as well as the FDR, Jefferson, and Lincoln Memorials and the Smithsonian museums.

One of the highlights of the trip is when students have the chance to visit Arlington National Cemetery and watch the changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier. Afterward, students take part in the ceremonial placing of a wreath on the tomb of the unknown soldier.

On the third day, the group travels by metro to Alexandria to visit Mt. Vernon, the home of president George Washington. After arriving back in Washington, D.C., the students then meet with Tennessee state senators and take a group picture on the steps of the Capitol Building.

The second half of the week is spent in New York City, where the group visits sites such as the Financial District, Wall Street, Ground Zero, Central Park, the Empire State Building, Chinatown, and Times Square. Students also go inside the Statue of Liberty, see a Broadway play, and attend the filming of the Today Show.