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School Life


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School Life


 

The life of our school reflects the broad range of interests of our students, families, faculty, and staff.

Proof School fosters a diverse community based on common interests in math, making things, and playful yet substantial exploration.

Forming the backbone of our school life are exciting workshops and talks, new clubs every block, and a thoughtful SEL curriculum. We have a pool table, ping pong, foosball, an indoor mini basketball court, and even pickleball. Our dedicated game room cycles through some of our students' favorite games (Resistance, Smash Up, and Dominion, among others), and our Construction Zone holds one of the largest Zome collections you'll likely see.  

Our Parent Association is involved in hosting social gatherings, working with the School Leadership, and ensuring the Proof School community extends to entire families. Our students come from all over the Bay Area, from neighborhoods within San Francisco to cities like Oakland, Palo Alto, San Jose, Pleasanton, and Novato. 

Several times a year we invite our entire community to the school for gatherings like Back to School Night, holiday parties, student exhibits, and symposia. Once each year we organize a student-hosted math festival.   

 
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Girls at Proof School


Girls at Proof School


 

Girls thrive in a community that supports their passions.

Proof School is a collaborative community that nurtures deep thinkers.

We proactively look for students who want to learn together and play together. Our girls are among our strongest students, and they are avid readers, writers, artists, and coders.

Girls at Proof School discover a tight-knit community, with deep and rich friendships, small classes, and a studious yet playful atmosphere. In short, girls thrive at a school like ours.

Read more about Girls at Proof.

 
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Social + emotional learning


Social + emotional learning


 

Social & emotional learning prepares each student to thrive in school and in our school community.

Kids need life skills not only to navigate the world but also to better understand what they're learning.

We offer a robust curriculum that takes advantage of our unique block system. Our workshops move from the individual to the world, as we practice compassion for ourselves, for each other, and for the broader community.

We also integrate social and emotional learning into our academic courses. We train faculty to look for moments in the classroom that help students gain insight into their motivations and negotiate their differences. Our aim is to learn how to engage one another in discussion, to speak to one another with confidence, and to listen to one another with open minds.

Our identity comes from our community, and building that community of problem solvers, of makers and doers, of researchers and practitioners, is only possible when everyone learns socially and emotionally.

Read about our full SEL curriculum.

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Workshops + talks


Workshops + talks


 

Our guest speaker program opens students to a world of ideas in research and application.

We supplement our core curriculum with workshops and talks from guests.

Speakers come from a variety of backgrounds. Among them have been Wendy Cho, who talked about using a supercomputer to understand electoral maps and the redistricting process; Chris Urmson, who spoke about lessons from leading Google's self-driving car initiative; and Tadashi Tokieda, who showed us that a simple paperclip and a few rubber bands can make surprising linkages.

These school-wide workshops and talks complement our public events.   

Clubs


Clubs


 

Our clubs allow all students to explore their interests. 

Extended lunch breaks twice a week allow students to explore their interests.

We introduce new clubs each block. They reflect our student interest as much as they reflect our faculty's hobbies. Most activities are devised by students and mentored by faculty, and both students and faculty propose clubs. 

Past clubs have included Play in the Park, Urban Expeditions, In the News, Origami, Roomba Programming, Linguistics, Sketch SF, and Creative Writing. We've also organized Science Olympiad, Contest Math, and Wander SF.

 
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Where we come from


Where we come from


 

Our 80 students commute over 2600 miles total—each way, every day—to get to Proof School.

This reach across the wider Bay Area shows just how much math kids need Proof School. It also demonstrates that math kids live everywhere and come from many different communities. 

Over 80% of our students live outside San Francisco, and we've designed our school to reflect our geographic reach. We time our school day to all forms of public transportation: Caltrain, BART, MUNI, Transbay Bus, and ferries. We also built a feature on our portal so parents can track their child as she or he boards a train, is met by a chaperone, and enters and leaves school. 

We chaperone students between Proof School and various downtown public transportation hubs: Caltrain at 4th and King, the Powell Street BART and MUNI stop, the Transbay Terminal, and the Ferry Building.  

Students, faculty, staff, and their families collectively log many miles each week to make Proof School a place where all kinds of math kids can have a school designed just for them. 

Read our commute page here

 
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Parent Association


Parent Association


 

Every parent or guardian of a Proof School student is automatically a member of the Parent Association. 

Our Parent Association aspires to welcome, communicate, organize, and appreciate. 

The association works to welcome all families to the school; facilitate communication among parents, teachers, and administrators; organize events to bring our families together; and coordinate efforts to appreciate the faculty and staff. 

PA meetings are held during the year, with a special effort to be inclusive to all parents, especially given the school's geographical diversity. With our PA, we hope all families will be able to get involved in the school community.

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Lunch


Lunch


 

Proof School rotates lunch offerings each block, with homemade meals and delivery from local venues.  

Families can purchase a school-provided lunch, whether once a week or each day school is in session. We offer both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. 

Each day at school, we put together a delicious and nutritious lunch. Many meals are seasonal, with large salad bars in the fall and spring and a hot soup and sandwich offering in the winter. Alongside mainstays like spaghetti, we offer Thai, Chinese, and Indian food (samosas are a favorite around the school).  

Students and families are always welcome to suggest a lunch offering. Since we change the menu each block, we're able to offer a wide array of foods.