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Q: How do students apply to the program and is there a tuition fee?
A: Students apply online at between February 1, 2019 and May 3, 2019. Tuition for the program is $425, which includes the non-refundable application fee of $25. Should your child be accepted into the program, the application fee will be applied to the cost of tuition.  For the summer 2019 program, tuition must be paid in full by June 10, 2019, or two weeks from their session start date, otherwise their spot will be forfeited.

Q: What are the requirements necessary to apply?
A: Students should collect the following pieces of information prior to starting the application: student email address, parent contact information (e-mail address, mailing address, etc.) school information, teacher information (for a recommendation), as well as school and volunteer organization information (including the number of years and the total number of hours worked).

Q: What are the deadlines to apply to the program?
A: The EARLY acceptance deadline is February 28, 2019 (noon).  Students who apply by this deadline will have the $25 application fee waived and will be notified of their status by April 5, 2019.  The FINAL deadline is May 3, 2019 (noon). Students who are not accepted during the Early acceptance period will have their applications automatically rolled into the Final deadline pool.  For each deadline, applications received will be scored against the pool of applicants and all students will be notified of their status into the program via email by May 20, 2019. 

Q: Can out-of-state students apply?
A: Yes! However, while we can refer you to a local hotel that we have worked with in the past, transportation and lodging are not provided and are the sole responsibility of the parent/student. It is the policy of the Ronald Reagan Student Leadership Program, as well as the hotels’ policy, that a parent/guardian must travel and stay with the child at the hotel at all times.

Q: Can students participate in more than one session? Can they apply again if they are a past participate?
A: Students can only participate in one program session per summer, and the program is only open to first time participants only.  Students who have previously applied but were not accepted into the program are encouraged to apply again.

Q: Can you accommodate students with special needs?
A: We can accommodate students with special needs; however, we encourage parents to call our center in order to ensure the best learning environment possible.

Q: I have a hard time motivating my child. Is this program for them?
A: Although there is no minimum G.P.A. requirement to apply, this program was developed for motivated students who have a desire to increase their leadership capabilities and solve a problem in their school or community. 

Q: Where will the program sessions be held?
A: The week-long program is held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, located at 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, CA 93065

Q: Is transportation provided?
A: Local students are responsible for their own transportation. Transportation is only provided for “School Partnership” schools (determined by an application process).

Q: Do students need to bring a lunch or snacks?

A: Lunch and snacks will be provided. **Please note, The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation cannot guarantee an allergen-free environment.  In some cases, the student may be responsible for bringing their own meal**

Q: Who teaches the Ronald Reagan Student Leadership Program?
A: Our program is run by credentialed teachers with extensive training in leadership.

Q: Will students have daily homework?
A: A very minimal amount of follow-up assignments may be required.

Q: What materials do students need to bring?
A: Students will be provided with iPads to use on campus during the program.

Q: Will students need access to a computer and/or the internet at home?
A: Access to a computer and/or the internet is highly recommended. However, if access is not feasible, we can accommodate those students. Additionally, students enrolled in the program should have their own email address.  Please provide a personal, not a school, email address.

Q: What does a typical day look like?
A: The program’s objective is for students to identify a problem in their school or community, and create an extensive plan for addressing that problem. Through various activities, lessons, reflection questions, quizzes, self-assessments, case studies, and museum tours, students will learn how the concepts of effective communication, optimism, and informed decision making will help them succeed in accomplishing their goals.

Q: Is there a dress code?
A: Yes. Students are required to dress “business casual”– defined as comfortable, conservative clothing. Not allowed: short shorts/skirts, tank tops, spaghetti straps, strapless tops/dresses, flip flops, baggy pants, or shorts. They should “Dress for Success!”

Q: What if students have a prior commitment for one or more of the session days?
A: Students accepted into the program MUST attend all five days.

Q: What is your refund policy?
A: After June 10, 2019 or when tuition is paid in full, if there is a scheduling conflict or illness that arises every accommodation will be made to put your child in another session.  A 50% refund will be given if notice is given more than 2 weeks prior to the session. However, there will be no refunds issued if notice is given less than 2 weeks prior to the start of your child’s session.  Schedule changes, cancelations and/or reports of illness must be received via email to

Q: Are parents allowed to stay at the museum during their child’s session?
A: Parents/guardians may not accompany your child during the program, however you may purchase an admission ticket and tour the museum on your own.  Museum hours are from 10:00AM to 5:00PM daily.