Strengthening Constitutional Self-Government

Programs for Students

Ashbrook Academy

academy-logoThe Ashbrook Academy is a summer program designed for rising high school juniors and seniors who share a deep interest in American history and politics. Unlike other courses or programs that tend to erode young Americans’ proper pride in their country by emphasizing its historical failures, the Academy invites students to consider the American experiment as a historical triumph, a victory for reason and the human spirit that warrants grateful celebration but also demands serious study.

The Academy meets for seven days each summer at the Ashbrook Center on the campus of Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio immersing participants in a deep study of the biggest challenges that have faced our Republic. We accomplish this through a careful examination of the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address, and King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. In a friendly seminar setting we examine the vital principles of the country, whether expressed as a self-evident truth, or a proposition, or a creed.

The Ashbrook Academy takes history out of textbooks and into students’ lives. By the end of the program, students will have acquired a deep understanding of the fundamental principles that define and unite us as Americans.

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