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 

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 2019-2020 school year, please complete an application and submit it to Kristina Murray at

PDF icon2019-20 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.


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 1830 Family Foundation, the Amaranth Foundation, the Connelly Foundation, the Hearst Foundations, and The Snider Foundation.