Join us at American University in Washington, D.C. to explore your interests at the NSLC for Middle School students.

For over 30 years, the National Student Leadership Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-partisan, education organization, has welcomed outstanding middle school and high school students from across the U.S. and around the world to explore their academic and career interests and develop essential leadership skills during exciting and interactive summer programs at the National Student Leadership Conference. Now, it’s your turn to join them.

Middle School Highlights

Explore Interests

Explore Your Interests
At the NSLC, you will participate in interactive, fast paced, hands-on activities designed around the subjects you’re most interested in.

Explore Interests

Discover Your Potential
You will learn about future academic and career possibilities as you go on exciting trips and tours and engage with professionals from within your field of interest.

Explore Interests

Develop As A Leader
You will develop the knowledge, confidence, and practical leadership skills required to achieve your goals and become a leader in your school and community.

Benefits of Attending

NSLC middle school students:

  • Participate in hands-on simulations
  • Learn practical leadership skills
  • Receive a letter of recommendation
  • Prepare for high school and beyond
  • Join an international alumni network

Programs

Animal Sciences

  • July 16 - July 21
  • July 24 - July 29

Engineering

  • July 16 - July 21
  • July 24 - July 29

Medicine & Health Care

  • July 16 - July 21
  • July 24 - July 29

U.S. History & Government

  • July 16 - July 21
  • July 24 - July 29

Leadership Development

At the heart of the NSLC is a leadership curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. Interactive lectures and small-group workshops will give you an opportunity to build upon your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.

Leadership topics tailored to our Middle School programs include:

  • Personality Styles and Group Dynamics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Negotiation
  • Public Speaking
  • Intrapersonal Communication

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

An important part of the NSLC middle school programs is seeing the sites around our nation’s capital. These trips are designed as both sightseeing tours and educational trips specifically tailored to your program’s area of study.

Students are escorted on all field trips and stay within their TA Group or other supervised groups.

Trips may include:

Animal Sciences

Smithsonian’s National Zoo | Baltimore Aquarium | Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History | Reston Zoo & Safari | Monuments at Night

Engineering

NASA | Air & Space Museum | Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center | National Building Museum | Capitol Hill | Monument Tour

Medicine & Health Care

American Red Cross | Museum of Health & Medicine | National Zoo | Capitol Hill | Museum of Natural History | Monument Tour

U.S. History & Government

Mount Vernon | U.S. Capitol Tour | U.S. Supreme Court | National Archives | The Smithsonian Institute: | American History Museum | Monument Tour

Tuition

Program tuition includes housing (if applicable), all on-campus meals, course materials, academic expenses, and activities. Tuition also includes chartered, air-conditioned motor coaches for off-campus briefings and tours. Note: Students are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the program as well as individual spending money for souvenirs, laundry, and a few off-campus meals during field trips and tours. Students will be held responsible for damage to rooms and lost room keys.

TypeTuition
Residential$2,695
Commuter$2,295

Residential Option: Residential students live on campus in a dormitory. This tuition includes room and on-campus meals. Students are housed with one or two roommates on a gender specific floor. The front desk of the dormitory is monitored 24-hours a day and NSLC staff live on the floor to provide supervision each night. A pillow, towel and bedsheets are included.

Commuter Option: Commuter students will check-in each morning between 7:00am-7:30am and check-out between 8:00pm-8:30pm each night. Commuter students are provided the same meals as residential students but the tuition rate does not include housing accommodations. Between 7:30am-8:00pm each day, we ask that students only be signed-out for medical or family emergencies.

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