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Proof School


A full-curriculum day school serving grades 6-12 in San Francisco, CA

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Proof School


A full-curriculum day school serving grades 6-12 in San Francisco, CA

 
 
 

"I know that Proof School is 'for kids who love math,' but it should really be 'for kids who want to love math,' because if you go to Proof, you can’t help but love math.”

- ROSA, 7th gradeR


 
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News + Features


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News + Features


 

Making our Move campaign 

Proof School's Board of Directors is pleased to announce a 10-year lease agreement at 973 Mission St., beginning with the 2017-18 school year. We've launched a capital campaign to build out the space.


Love Math! A Festival for Girls

We're holding a math festival for girls in grades 4 through 8 and their families. We'll have mathematical art, fun-filled logic puzzles, and ice cream combinatorics!


Admissions portal is now open

Our admissions portal for the 2017-2018 school year is now open. Visit the Apply page to start an application and sign up for an admissions event.


Proof School Blog

Our blog covers the entire gamut of our school activities, from what is going on in our classrooms to our club offerings.  


Math positions for 2017-2018

Proof School invites candidates to submit an application for math teaching positions for the 2017-18 academic year. 

 
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Why Proof?


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Why Proof?


 

Proof School offers a transformative liberal arts education designed for kids who love math.

Our courses are challenging across the curriculum, emphasizing exploration, problem solving, and communication.

Proof School students build a strong foundation in mathematics, literature, science, art, history, computer science, and languages. Our middle school curriculum emphasizes hands-on and project-based learning; high school courses across all disciplines start at the advanced high school and introductory college level.

All students pursue their interests beyond the core requirements through student-driven studies and projects, under the mentorship of school faculty. Starting in 10th grade, these studies and projects become year-long classes.  

Our students build the stamina to struggle with and solve hard problems and difficult questions. The daily schedule, with three long class periods per day, allows students to stretch themselves and engage in deep learning. 

Underlying the diversity of our student body is a common passion for mathematics. Our students immerse themselves in math, ask thoughtful questions, derive proofs, and communicate their findings. These are students who take learning beyond the confines of a test, a textbook, and a course.

To see who our best-fit students are, read our Apply page. 

 
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Math at Proof School


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Math at Proof School


 

Our math courses emphasize problem solving, proof writing, and content mastery.

Students receive a comprehensive education across the major fields of mathematics, taught by faculty who hold PhDs and teaching awards.

Each block is dedicated to two branches of the mathematical sciences. These include Problem Solving & Discrete Math; Algebra & Number Systems; Geometry & Topology; Statistics & Analysis; and Number Theory & Computer Science. 

The range of course levels within each block meets every student, regardless of their background or preparation. Our courses in Block 2, for instance, begin with Algebra 1 and progress to college level Linear Algebra or Group Theory. Prior to each block, we advise students on selecting an appropriate math course.

We host workshops led by nationally renowned speakers, sponsor a school-wide AI tournament in the fall, and devote two weeks to student research and presentations at our math symposium. The annual math festival allows students to share their love of math with a wider community.

Read more about our math offerings here.

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Foundational learning


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Foundational learning


 

We focus on long-term transferable skills and multi-modal learning.

Our courses focus on four learning modes: reading and writing, listening and speaking, experimenting and practicing, and making and doing.

We believe deep learning happens through actions and activities, whether that's tackling hard math problems right in class or learning to design slides for a presentation. 

Our faculty members teach using best practices in inquiry-based learning, design thinking, project management, and social and emotional intelligence.

Our humanities program takes a problem-solving approach to learning subjects like literature and history. Creative projects across the curriculum help students see themselves as authors and makers.

Read about our curriculum, and individual course descriptions, on our Academics page.     

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Growing our school together


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Growing our school together


 

We are a school where kids who love math feel right at home.

We actively seek students, families, and supporters who, like us, want to build a community, grow gracefully, and collaborate meaningfully.

We opened our doors in 2015 to an inaugural group of 44 students in downtown San Francisco. We began with an eye toward growth, inventing new classes and designing classrooms that are flexible and open. We regularly develop new approaches to learning foundational topics.

We’re continuing that approach in year two, with 60 students in grades 6-11 calling us home. Our school is small, and our youngest students often work (and play) with our oldest students. We host math events to engage the wider math community in the Bay Area. 

The entire school community tends to be deliberate yet unafraid. We mentor students to be thoughtful risk takers.

See who works to make the classroom experience, and the entire school culture, engaging and transformative for each student. Our school life and community engagement help take learning outside of the classroom.

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Connect


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Connect


 

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