Junior State of America to Run AP US History Summer Program at the University of Virginia

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Students will be enriched by the five-week AP US History program at the historic University of Virginia. This program will add to JSA's selection of long-running civic education summer programs on college campuses across the country.

Students at JSA Summer School

Students at JSA Summer School

I cannot think of a better location for an in-depth study of the history of our great nation than on the grounds of the university which was founded by Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe.

The Junior State of America (JSA) announced a new summer program at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville today. This intensive five-week program will teach high school students from around the nation AP US History against the historical backdrop of the school founded by Thomas Jefferson. The program will run from June 29th through August 3rd, 2013. In addition to classroom sessions with college professors, students will also participate in a public speaking and civic education practicum, supplementary activities in historic Southern Virginia as well as a speakers program on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

"Moving our AP U.S. History program from Princeton to the University of Virginia is an exciting new development for JSA Summer Schools. UVA provides a perfect setting for a 5-week study of U.S. History," said JSA Chief Academic and Outreach Officer Larry Guillemette. "I cannot think of a better location for an in-depth study of the history of our great nation than on the grounds of the university which was founded by Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe. UVA's proximity to some of the most important sites in American history --- Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, the Civil War sites from Charlottesville to Antietam, and the homes of three American Presidents --- Monticello, Montpelier and Mount Vernon."

JSA has run pre-college summer programs since 1941, and currently has programs at Georgetown University, Princeton University, Stanford University and Capital Normal University in Beijing. These programs are open to rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders, with the AP Government Freshman Scholars course at Princeton open to rising 9th graders, and the JSA Diplomat Program in Beijing is open to graduated 12th graders. Each student takes one AP or college-level course, and Congressional Workshop, a public speaking practicum. Students also participate in a speakers program, which gives them the chance to question and learn from some of the country’s most influential citizens. Students and parents can find out more at jsa.org/summer and can apply for summer school online at jsa.org/summer/apply.

Junior State of America (JSA): Providing civics education and leadership programs for over 70 years, non-partisan JSA summer programs have provided an unparalleled training ground for the students who will be the civic leaders of their generation. The JSA programs are supported by the Junior Statesmen Foundation Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt educational corporation, which provides guidance to JSA's student leaders. It has offices in San Mateo, Calif., and Washington, D.C. More information is available at http://www.jsa.org/ or jsa@jsa.org.

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