School Visits

James Monroe’s Highland offers engaging student programs for grades K-12 that are aligned with the Virginia History and Social Science Standards of Learning. Student programs are offered to schools, homeschoolers, and other parties by advance reservation and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations must be placed at least two weeks in advance and require a minimum of 15 participants. Contact Nancy Stetz with questions or to make a reservation at education@highland.org or 434-293-8000.

In need of a delicious lunch option? Highland Fare Box lunches are available for student groups.

Programs

Fun and Games Farm Tour (Pre-K)
Time: 1.5 hours
Guided tour of grounds and exterior spaces that also includes historic games, interactive demonstrations, a make and take workshop and visiting with farm animals and gardens.
students $5 | teachers FREE | accompanying adults $10

Past and Present (K-2nd grade)
Time: 2 hours
Guided tour of grounds and exterior spaces with a focus on connections between past and present, change over time and primary and secondary sources. Activities include historic games, make and take workshop, interactive demonstrations, and visiting with farm animals and gardens.
students $6 | teachers FREE | accompanying adults $10

Becoming a Nation (3rd-5th grade)
Time: 2 hours
Guided tour of interiors, exteriors and grounds with a focus on James Monroe’s role in the American Revolution, the influence of the institution of slavery and westward expansion. Activities include historic games and a make and take workshop.
students $7 | teachers FREE | accompanying adults $10

Perspectives (6th-12th grade)
Time: 1.5 hours
Guided tour of interiors, exteriors and grounds where students are invited to think about friendships, family relationships, risk-taking, conflict, and slavery at Highland by posing essential questions that focus on the students’ own experiences and understanding of the world. Students are encouraged to empathize with the dilemmas of the founding era and to draw understanding that is applicable today. Historic games available upon request.
students $9 | teachers FREE | accompanying adults $10

Rediscovering Highland (6th-12th grade)
Time: 1.5 hours
Guided tour of interiors, exteriors and grounds where students will learn how the Monroes’ main house was lost and then rediscovered. Hands-on activities will evaluate primary and secondary sources, explore the pathways of archaeological research, and interpret real artifacts. Students will engage in historical thinking skills and consider how new information changes our understanding of the past.
students $9 | teachers FREE | accompanying adults $10

The augmented reality experience is currently not available for school visits.