Student Docent Program


The Student Docent Program is a partnership between PAFA and select schools where 8th - 12th grade students are trained to become tour guides for their classmates during a museum visit. Over the course of several weeks, Student Docents hone their observation, critical thinking, leadership, and presentations skills while learning inquiry-based tour strategies.

Participating schools receive:

  • Free training for Student Docents and waived admission fees for the class tour
  • Certificates of Achievement for all participating student docents
  • Free Family Memberships to PAFA for all participating Student Docents
  • Subsidized bus transportation may be available

How can your students participate in the Student Docent Program?

Due to the popularity of the program, there are limited openings available. To apply for an opening for the 2018 Spring semester please complete an application and submit it to Kristina Murray at All requests will be responded to in February and March 2018.

Past Partner Schools have included

Burlington County Institute of Technology
Central High School
Duckery Tanner Elementary
Friends Select Center City
Henry Houston Elementary
J.W. Hallahan School for Girls
Mercy Vocational High School
Philadelphia Virtual Academy
Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
Science Leadership Academy Beeber
The Philadelphia School

Watch an interview with a Student Docent

Middle School Docent Training Program at PAFA from Friends Select School on Vimeo.

Are you a creative professional working with teens?

On June 7, 2016 PAFA hosted Making Strides: Teen Programming in Cultural Institutions a professional development forum. Click here for an archive of materials from the event. Funding for Making Strides was generously provided by the Barra Foundation.

In May 2016, PAFA Teen Program Coordinator Elizabeth Hamilton participated in the panel discussion Handing Over the Reins: Teens as Content Creators at at American Alliance of Museum's Annual Conference. Click here to download free presentation materials. 


PAFA's Leadership and Education Development (LEAD) for Teens programming, including the Youth Council and Student Docent Program, are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Connelly Foundation, and The Victory Foundation.