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Why Proof?


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Why Proof?


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Our students build the stamina to struggle with and solve hard problems and difficult questions.

 

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

 

We emphasize exploration, problem solving, and communication 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.

Our daily schedule, with three long class periods per day, allows students to stretch themselves and engage in deep learning.

Underlying 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 kids who take learning beyond the confines of a test, a textbook, and a course.

 
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Math at Proof School


Math at Proof School


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An annual math festival allows students to share their love of math with a wider community.

 
 

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

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

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.

 
 
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Math at Proof


Math at Proof


 

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Learning Across the Curriculum


Learning Across the Curriculum


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Creative projects across the curriculum help students see themselves as authors and makers.

 
 

Across the curriculum, we focus on long-term transferable skills in key areas like critical reading, thinking, and communicating.

All of our work adds up to a love of learning.

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 are lifelong learners who come from a wide variety of backgrounds, from teaching at colleges to leading homeschools. They are united by a common belief in the growth of students, and by using best practices in inquiry-based learning, design thinking, and project management.

Creative projects across the curriculum help students see themselves as authors and makers, from creative writing and art to designing mathematical games and treasure hunts.

 
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Growing Together


Growing Together


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We regularly develop new approaches to learning, test out ideas, and think carefully about new directions.

 
 

We 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, test out ideas, and think carefully about new directions.

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.

As a school, we reflect the growth mindset we want to see in students.

 
 

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