Student Docent Program


The Student Docent Program is a partnership between PAFA and select schools in which 7th - 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 fall 2018 or spring 2019, please complete an application and submit it to Kristina Murray at

PDF icon2018 SDP Application.pdf

Past Partner Schools have included

Belmont Charter High School                         

Burlington County Institute of Technology               

Central High School                                             

Friends Select Center City                                     

J.W. Hallahan School for Girls                             

Mercy Vocational High School                     

Philadelphia Virtual Academy                         

Pennsylvania School for the Deaf                   

Science Leadership Academy Beeber   

Snider Hockey Foundation                                   

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. 

The Teen LEAD Program is funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, along with grants from The Hearst Foundations and The Snider Foundation.