Funded through the generosity of Price Charities,

School in the Park is an innovative program that shifts the location of school from a traditional classroom setting in an inner-city school to the resources and educational opportunities available at museums in Balboa Park.

The instructional environment offers interactive learning and encourages students to become active participants in their own education. The participating third- to seventh-grade students and their families are invited to return to the Museum free of charge.

Students from Rosa Parks Elementary and Wilson Middle School participate in a program that is designed to utilize fully the unique educational opportunities of San Diego’s cultural institutions in Balboa Park. The plan allows the students to spend up to eight weeks at San Diego’s famous Balboa Park, where they participate in weeklong educational programs at nine institutions. In essence, the students spend almost twenty-five percent of their school year learning in this hands-on, real world setting.

Visits to museums and cultural institutions give added depth and meaning to the students’ understanding of subjects covered in their school materials. The School in the Park program engages students in learning that has real world connections.


Francisco de Zurbarán, Agnus Dei, ca. 1635-1640. Oil on canvas. Gift of Anne R. and Amy Putnam. 1947.36.