Hi, this is Jeremy Cross, and I'm excited to announce that I will be leading a group of Cherokee Middle School students on a WorldStrides program to Washington, D.C. On this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, students will explore our nation's most important historical sites and experience incomparable learning moments. This will be a trip that your child will be talking about for years to come!  See below for important information about our program and email me at jlcross@spsmail.org if you have questions!


  • 03/12/2021 to 03/17/2021


  • $1,372 per student

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  • Transportation to & from Destination
  • Hotel Accommodations
  • Admission to all Attractions
  • Meals
  • Course Leader
  • Night Chaperones
  • 24-Hour Emergency Support
  • Accident & Medical Insurance
  • Opportunity to Earn Free Academic Credit

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Space still available.  There's still time to sign up for our trip.  We'd love to have you join us!  Bookmark this page and check back often for important trip announcements.

Take a look inside our Washington, D.C. travel programs!

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Our Trip Highlights

Here’s a sample list of some of the many attractions and activities the students will see and do on this trip. This trip is going to be so much fun and the students are going to learn so much!

Pentagon Memorial

Our trip includes a stop at the Pentagon Memorial where students will walk through the site that honors the 184 victims who died during the September 11, 2001 attacks at the Pentagon. The memorial shows the timeline of these victims’ ages ranging from just 3 years old to age 71.

Washington, D.C., Pentagon Memorial

Capitol Hill

Students will walk in the footsteps of our nation’s leaders as they explore Capitol Hill. Tour the underground tunnels to see where lawmakers meet, take in the miles of books at the Library of Congress, and sit on the steps of the highest court in the land, the U.S. Supreme Court.

Washington, D.C., Capital Hill

Arlington National Cemetery

Students will learn the true meaning of sacrifice as they walk the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery. They’ll take part in one of our country’s greatest traditions as they witness the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This is sure to be one of the most impactful moments of your Washington, D.C. trip.

Washington, D.C., Arlington National Cemetery

Jefferson Memorial

Read some of Jefferson’s famous writings and gain a new respect for his foresight he had while writing the Declaration of Independence. Discuss how this first Secretary of State impacted the way America developed as a nation.

Washington, D.C., Jefferson Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

Students will contemplate President Lincoln’s accomplishments as they read his famous speeches inscribed on the walls. They’ll also relive history as they stand in the same spot where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.

Washington, D.C., Lincoln Memorial

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Experience the memorial dedicated to the nation’s most famous civil rights activist who preached tolerance regardless of race, belief, or class. Become inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s powerful writings that nurtured love across a nation.  Students will have the opportunity to take turns reciting the words of Dr. King’s famous “I have a dream” speech.

Washington, D.C., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

The Health and Safety of our Travelers is our #1 Priority

For more than 50 years, WorldStrides been known for industry-leading health and safety in educational travel. COVID-19 is surely unprecedented, but WorldStrides has been tackling “unprecedented” for decades. Our experienced team is leading the way, and constantly evolving to meet new requirements for health and safety that are imperative in this environment.  In addition to the new measures being implemented to address COVID-19, WorldStrides has an extensive network in place to ensure the health and safety of all our travelers.  Here are just a few examples:

  • Expertly trained Course Leaders to guide your group. Course Leaders are destination experts and will help bring learning to life for your students while navigating them through your itinerary.
  • On-Site Coordinators: WorldStrides staff members who are with you around the clock at your hotel to assist with any needs that may arise during your stay.  (In some destinations, on-site coordinators will be replaced with 24-hour Course Leaders.)
  • Doctors on Call: our exclusive partnership with the Department of Emergency Medicine at The George Washington University
  • Tour Central: 24/7 local support office ready to assistance travelers at a moments notice

Click here for full details on our updated health and safety measures that will be in place for your trip.  


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Tools to Help Pay for the Trip

Flag Financial Assistance

  • Over $2.5 million in financial assistance is given out each year
  • Families with annual adjusted gross incomes of up to $85,000 may qualify
  • One simple call to WorldStrides Customer Service (800-468-5899) can tell you how much assistance may be available even before registering for the trip.  (FLAG Financial Assistance is available on a first-come, first-serve basis; FLAG applications for trips taking place in 2021 is current closed however assistance is still available for trips taking place in 2022.)

Gift of Education Fundraiser

  • Student driven fundraiser where 100% of the money raised goes to offset the trip price
  • Students send e-cards, letters, or share links on Facebook / Instagram, and family and friends, in one simple click, can make a direct donation
  • Thousands of students pay for their entire trip each year through the Gift of Education

Affordable Payment Plans

  • Pay a small initial deposit to sign up for the trip
  • The remaining balance is spread out into small amounts and paid monthly prior to travel
  • Set up auto-deductions from your account saving you time and money