National History Day is an exciting academic enrichment program for students in grades 6-12. The goal of National History Day is to promote the study of history in schools by offering a creative forum in which students can express their scholarship.
National History Day teaches the skills individuals need for a successful future. The program's three central elements develop participants' abilities to:
Working individually or collaboratively in groups of two to five, students produce historical documentaries, exhibits, dramatic performances, websites, and research papers based on an annual theme. Students may participate in the national event cycle by presenting their research at a series of local, regional, state and national contest events. Their work is evaluated by historians, educators, professionals, and community members.
Regardless of age division, the National History Day program is open to all students and teachers without regard to race, gender, religion, physical abilities, economic status, or sexual orientation. History Day does not discriminate against or limit participation by physically-challenged students. Student Contest Guides are available in Braille from the National History Day office. Coordinators at the district, state, and national levels will make every effort to accommodate special needs.