Washington DC Trip

Mill Creek students view the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Washington, D.C.2020 Trip Dates - April 27 - May 1

Trip Description

During eighth grade, students study American History. As an activity to enrich the curriculum, students are offered the opportunity to attend Washington DC as an eighth grade class. We, along with our travel coordinator NationsClassroom, believe that Washington, DC is the ultimate classroom experience.

The students will enjoy experiencing our government first hand when they visit the U.S. Capitol Building, White House and Supreme Court. They will also be inspired by their trips to the Smithsonian museums such as the Air and Space Museum, American History Museum, American Indian Museum, African Art Museum, Natural History Museum and much more. The students will most certainly be awed by the various monuments and memorials including the Jefferson, Lincoln, Iwo Jima, Roosevelt, World War II, Korea, MLK, and Vietnam Memorials.


Students’ academic effort, attendance, and behavior throughout the year will determine their eligibility. Any student suspended from school for alcohol, drugs, fighting, insubordination, tobacco, sexual harassment, weapons, or other major handbook violations will NOT be eligible for the trip. Also any student who has been suspended for more than one out-of-school suspension will automatically lose their eligibility for the trip. The final determination for eligibility will be made by the principal. If a student is removed from the trip due to poor behavior in school prior to the trip, they will lose the money put down to pay for the trip unless they purchase trip insurance.


The Washington DC trip is chaperoned by Dexter Staff only.  We do not have parent chaperones.  The one exception is we take two parents who are nurses to ensure we have two nurses on the trip. Our school nurse will not be able to attend this year.

Fundraising Information

Families have several opportunities to help their students raise funds to cover the cost of the trip:

The parent volunteers in charge of the Busch's Fundraiser are: Samantha Brandt and Janet McDole.

The parent volunteer in charge of the SCRIP fundraiser is: Amy Grant 


Grand Traverse Pie
All 8th grade students will have the opportunity to sell pies from Grand Traverse Pie Company during the month of October! For each pie sold, they will earn $5 towards the cost of their trip. For info on this fundraiser, please contact Ms. Straub, the DC coordinator.

Forms and Handouts

Payments and Registration

April 27 - May 1, 2020
How to Register & Make a Payment:

Cost of Trip: $769
Optional Trip Insurance - $79

Timelines for Registration & Payments
October 15, 2019 -
Registration sign-up

October 15, 2019 - Deposit Due: $99.00 (non-refundable)
Monthly Payments:

Parents may arrange for a monthly automatic payment by registering with NationsClassroom.  They will then adjust the amount based on student fundraising.

Fundraising money will be credited to account balance every three months

February 5, 2020 - Updated Payments must be completed to select roommates = approx. $630

March 5, 2020 - Payment Due in Full

Registration & Payment Information 
Online registration - 

Visit NationsClassroom Website: www.nationsclassroomtours.com
Pay online: Use Trip ID #33812008

By Phone - call (877) 270-1776

By Mail: complete the forms and mail along with deposit to: 2211 Dickens Rd., Suite 204 Richmond, VA 23230


The 19-20 school year trip itinerary is in progress!

This year, we will be leaving very early (4-5 am) on Monday, April 27 and returning in the early morning hours of Friday, May 1.

The 2017 trip itineraries are below to give you an idea of how the trip looks for the students. Updated itineraries will be provided in the spring of 2020.

2017 Trip - Bus #1-3 Itinerary - Click for PDF

2017 Trip - Bus #4-6 Itinerary - Click for PDF

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