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Brooks 8th Grade Trip

2023-24 School Year

The eighth-grade trip Brooks and Julian middle schools will take place Saturday, March 16 - Tuesday, March 19, 2024 in Washington, D.C. 

We will be partnering with Close Up, a non-profit organization that since 1971 has provided hands-on experiential programs for over 1 million students and teachers from across the country. Using the nation’s capital as a living classroom, students will get a “close up” view of American history, government, and democracy in action. 

Close Up’s unique, all-inclusive programs allow for students to have a fun and educational Washington, D.C. experience they will never forget. Below you'll find information on the trip, including communication to families, important dates and deadlines throughout the 2023-24 school year.

If your student plans to attend the trip, please complete the Student Interest Form by Sept. 27 at 3 p.m.  

This is a reminder that if you completed a student interest form for the eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C., the $500 trip deposit is due by Tuesday, Oct. 17. Thank you to all of those families who already submitted your payment!

Deposit Payment Information

To pay the deposit for your student directly through the Close Up website, please follow the directions below:

Step 1: Go to
Step 2: Go to
Step 3: Enter the enrollment code 42363, and press ‘Submit’.
Step 4: Complete the registration and wait for your confirmation email. Please check spam/junk folders.
Step 5: Follow the prompts to complete the enrollment information and make payments.

If you prefer to use a personal check or money order to make payments, please make it payable to Close Up Foundation, include your student’s participant ID in the memo line, and mail it with a payment coupon printed from your account to:

Close Up Foundation
Attn: Finance Department
671 N Glebe Road, STE 900
Arlington, VA 22203

If you have questions about payments or registration, please reach out to Dr. Gildon or Ms. Colbert. As a reminder, financial assistance in the form of a fee waiver is available for those who receive free and reduced lunch, per board policy 4:140. If you would like to discuss options, please contact Minerva Colbert at [email protected].