About Centripetal Press

Centripetal Press was started in 2015 as an imprint of Novare Science & Math, LLC. because of the demand for rigorous, mastery-based curriculum for middle and high school science classes. Charter schools, private schools, and secular homeschoolers needed better curriculum. Today Centripetal Press and Novare Science & Math materials are used in over 200 schools and thousands of homeschoolers in the United States and around the world.

Inaugural Novare newsletter January 2010

Centripetal Press' parent company Novare Science & Math began when John Mays was a teacher and science department chairman at his school in Austin, Texas. Not satisfied with the textbook offerings of existing publishers, he wrote the textbook that he dreamed of for his freshman science class. That class was called “Accelerated Studies in Physics and Chemistry.” The students and the parents were amazed. They said it was fabulous, pleasurable to read, excellent at explaining concepts, and beautiful in form.

Almost immediately a colleague asked if he would write a text for her class. John discovered that not only did he enjoy writing science texts, but that he was good at it. It drew upon all of his strengths and experience: his science and engineering background, his love for literature, and his giftedness as a teacher.
Accelerated Studies in Physic and Chemistry

Joined in 2012 by his brother Jeffrey, and later by his daughter Emily, Centripetal Press today is a family business that has quickly become a fresh new option with a rigorous mastery-based approach to middle and high school science education.

John D. Mays, FounderEmily Cook, Sales RepresentativeJeffrey Mays, Director of Marketing