Independent Schools

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Independent school teachers are welcome to participate in Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminars. However, please read the following carefully.

The Institute defines an "independent school" as any K–12 school that charges tuition. In order for an independent school teacher to apply to a Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar, his/her school must be a member of the Affiliate School Program.

The Institute underwrites a portion of the cost for an independent school teacher to attend a seminar and the remaining portion ($1,625) must be paid by the teacher or his/her school. This is in addition to the nonrefundable registration fee ($50). If an independent school teacher is commuting or attending only during the day (without room and board), the teacher/school is responsible for paying $812.50.

Exceptions to this payment policy are rare and only granted for teachers from independent schools with very low tuition or a large percentage of scholarships and economically disadvantaged students. If you think your school qualifies for this type of exemption, please submit a letter from the head of your school detailing the need for an exemption to:

Teacher Seminar Program
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
49 West 45th Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10036

Once accepted to a seminar, independent school teachers enroll under the same benefits and conditions as other teachers at the seminar. Independent school teachers will receive the same travel reimbursement as all participants.

REFUND POLICY (EXCLUDES the $50 registration fee, which is nonrefundable)

  • Full refund if you cancel 30 days or more before the seminar start date.
  • A 50% refund if you cancel 15–30 days before the seminar start date.
  • No refunds less than 15 days before the seminar start date.
  • There will be no reimbursement for travel expeneses if you withdraw.