One afternoon I had a schedule change and came to pick up my daughter directly from school at the end of the day. She was happy to see me, but said she didn't want to miss the daily fun BART commute with her friends. She asked if I could just drive home without her and pick her up on the other end! To her, my offer of a ride home was a big disappointment, as if I had asked her to skip recess.


One morning my daughter ended up boarding a Transbay bus more than 30 minutes later than expected. As a new parent, I worried about how the chaperone would cope with the delay at the SF terminal. I called the school, and the staff handled the situation with cheer and grace. That evening I asked her about the incident, worried that she had been stressed. She was surprised by my concern--it had never for a moment occurred to her that the staff would not take perfect care of her. She had seen how they handled other kids being late, she explained with a shrug.


The commute is orchestrated in a seamless way, from the parent portal "check in" to the communication with the school if there are ever any concerns or delays. The school really pays attention to events occurring in the city and plans the afternoon commute accordingly, leaving school a little early if necessary. There is a lot of attention to detail. 


Luckily, the commute is going far more smoothly than we anticipated. My sixth grader takes the bus to the Transbay Bus station, where he loves goofing off with his classmates until everyone arrives. On the walk to school, he gets to raise math questions with (and learn math jokes from) the Head of School. He’s also become quite proud of his ability to get around the city on public transportation.

Most importantly to me, my son feels at home. The other day, he announced, “You know what’s so great about Proof? No one has to try to fit in. There's no particular group of popular kids. Everyone has a lot of common interests, so you can just be yourself.”

- Patty, Parent of a 6th grader