K–12 Students

The Fine Arts Museums' School Programs enable students to make connections and develop an understanding of art in both creative and historical contexts. The programs described below offer a vast array of experiences ranging from independent viewing to facilitated visits with docents, museum artists, poets and the Museum Ambassadors. All guided programs provide opportunities for students to work directly with ideas, interpretation and communication in the gallery and/or artist studio. Instruction is based on core strategies that cultivate personal and academic skills with the goal of igniting student curiosity.

All school programs are offered FREE of charge, though some programs require a refundable deposit, which will be returned upon your arrival at the museum.

Additional Information

Questions? Email schooltours@famsf.org or call 415.750.7696.

For a complete list of contact information, please click here.

Museum Ambassadors

This award-winning outreach program is offered to San Francisco 3rd-5th grade classes. Teen student ambassadors from San Francisco Unified High Schools offer facilitated classroom visits and facilitated gallery tours to all San Francisco 3rd-5th... View More

Poets in the Galleries

Devorah Major, poet and teacher, and other Bay Area poets lead classes through two 90-minute sessions at the de Young and the Legion of Honor. Students participate in a variety of writing excercises designed to raise their awareness of the art... View More

Class Visits

K–12 educators are encouraged to bring their classes to the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions at both the de Young and the Legion of Honor. Educators may choose from any of the following categories, selecting the one that best supports... View More

Curriculum Supported Visits

Educators are encouraged to bring their classes to the Museums for curriculum supported visits. Using Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) and pre-visit preparation in the classrooms, students will learn to look closely at art objects, in addition to... View More