Summer School 2014

Summer School

Note: International Applicants, please click here or on the link to the left.

The Grauer School’s summer school program is designed to provide year-long learning, enrichment, remediation, and of course, fun! We specialize in helping students explore their academic and creative skills in our unique, relationship driven college preparatory environment.IMG_7148

As part of a small school advantage, we offer both week-long enrichment camps for middle and high school students as well as for-credit academic classes to students throughout San Diego County, not just matriculated Grauer School students.

This year’s summer sessions are scheduled to run from June 23 through July 11 (with July 4th off in observance of Independence Day) and July 14 through August 1.

Standard enrollment begins April 14 and closes June 15. Priority enrollment opens March 17 and includes a 5% reduction in tuition.

Please review the course descriptions below and then fill out an inquiry form.

Summer Inquiry Form

Week-long Enrichment Programs

With curriculum written by our caring, dedicated staff, our week-long enrichment programs are designed to encourage intellectual curiosity during the languid days of summer. The cost of each camp is $175 per week with a $20 non-refundable enrollment fee. Enrolling in three camps qualifies families for the discount rate of $450. There is an enrollment minimum of 5 students and an enrollment maximum of 9.

Middle School Math Boot Camp
During the middle school math boot camp, students began with an online assessment determining their areas of strength and growth. Each day of the week is then broken into 3 parts: 1) class work / review problems / mini lessons / problem solving / different mathematical approaches, 2) online activities, 3) classroom games for review of concepts and quick thinking skills. During the week the students have ample opportunity to work on skills/areas/concepts they are weak in as well as learn ways to be more proficient in their areas of strength all while having fun in a relaxed, playful environment. Students are able to continue to utilize two of the online math resources after the week concludes for future practice.
First Session: (June 23 – June 27, Daily 9-12)
Second Session: (July 21 – July 25, Daily 9-12)

Algebra 1 Boot Camp
During the Algebra 1 Boot Camp, students have a thorough review of all the topics covered during a typical Algebra 1 full-year course. For each topic, students are presented with an option of either “review the concept” or “try some problems.” If selecting review, the students are presented with an overview of the topic and a couple of examples prior to trying some problems. After going over the problems together, we determine whether the student has mastery of that topic or whether it is an area for the student to come back and work more on later. We keep a tally throughout the list of all areas mastered and all areas needing extra practice. In addition to reviewing concepts and practice problems, students are able to utilize two online math resources that they can continue with after the week concludes. The combination of brief lectures, loads of example problems, and multiple online resources provide the students with a multifaceted review of the main Algebra 1 topics in a friendly, relationship driven environment.
First Session: (June 23 – June 27, Daily 9-12)
Second Session: (July 14 – July 18, Daily 9-12)

Spelling Boot Camp
This course focuses on learning strategies that have proved successful in spelling. Students learn to use creative problem-solving strategies to understand basic essential words, phonemic spelling, silent letters, plurals, phonics and the tricky “e.” We use games and technology to enhance the learning experience. Participants investigate Greek and Latin roots, prefixes, suffixes homophones and easily misspelled words. Students learn how to employ spell-check and how it works. The course includes “SAT Hot Words” which the students find stimulating and rewarding. Students find this class fun with the games we play. They leave the class with confidence in their spelling and writing.
First Session: (June 23 – June 27, Daily 9-12)
Second Session: (July 14 – July 18, Daily 9-12)

Geography Boot Camp
Throughout the week, students will learn how to use maps to identify both physical features and political boundaries, develop a working understanding of country locations and regional specifics, and create their own maps. Each day, students will work with a different region, focusing on the countries, specific features, cultural practices, and fun facts. Regions include, but are not limited to: Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and North and South America. There will be quizzes in addition to online and hands-on activities.
First Session: (June 23- June 27, Daily 9-12)
Second Session: (July 14 – July 18, Daily 9-12)

Music Performance Camp
The perfect setting for young musicians of varying skill levels that want to start performing with others. In small ensemble settings, students work collaboratively on songs of their choosing as a means to further their knowledge of music theory, arrangements, instrumentation, and facility on their own (or new) instruments. At the end of the session, students perform for their families and the entire Summer School student body during an afternoon barbecue on the last day of the first semester.
First Session: (June 23 – June 27, Daily 9-12)
Second Session: (July 14 – July 18, Daily 9-12)

Visual Arts Camp
This year’s art intensive workshop is a week of pure fun, challenging student artistic abilities and pushing drawing skills. Each day is dedicated to a different theme, allowing the students who are building an art portfolio for college to add several new pieces to their portfolio. The week may include: studying light by creating still life drawings, watercolor, perspective (as we create three-dimensional drawings), painting from life, outdoor art, and more. Even photography, if that’s your passion!
First Session: (June 30 – July 4th, Daily 9-12)
Second Session: (July 14 – July 18, Daily 9-12)

Lights, Camera, Action! Performing Arts Camp (4-7th grade)

A fun and creative week-long exploration into the musical show experience combining singing, dancing, and acting. This camp exposes children to Musical Theater by learning a modified book musical through singing exercises, dance movement for musical theater and an introduction to acting. Students will learn basics of pronunciation, projection and breath control as well as simple choreography and character presentation used in theatrical performance. The students will perform what they have learned for family and friends in an informal showing during the last class. No previous experience required. Please plan to attend every full-day class!
First Session: (July 14 – July 18th, Daily 9-3) Special Pricing: $300

The Musical Experience, Performing Arts Camp (8-12th grade)

A 2 week-long exploration into the art and technique of stage performance. This camp exposes students to Musical Theater by learning a modified book musical through singing exercises, dance movement for musical theater and acting. With an emphasis on precision in dance choreography, vocal skills, and stage acting character development, students will learn basics of pronunciation, projection and breath control as well as choreography and character presentation used in theatrical performance. The students will perform what they have learned for family and friends in an informal showing during the last class. No previous experience required.  Please plan to attend every full-day class!
First Session: (July 21 – Aug 1, Daily Mon-Fri, 9-3) Special Pricing: $550

Ocean Health and Surf Camp (July 29 – August 2, Daily 9-12)
Students enrolled in Summer Surf Session will develop surfing and water safety skills, while learning about ocean stewardship. Obtaining and testing water samples, the results of which will be submitted to Blue Water Task Force for the safety of our coastal community, will follow daily surf sessions.
First Session: (June 23- June 27, Daily 9-12)

Special Programs

College Application Preparation Program
Open only to matriculated Grauer School seniors, the popular CAP (College Application Preparation) Program is a one-week summer workshop in which a Grauer college counselor and English teacher walk students through the multifaceted and sometimes daunting college application process. Students will develop an organizational system for keeping track of important dates and deadlines; work on the UC and CSU applications; complete the Common Application; have application essays edited and critiqued; and receive direction in resume writing. This program costs $650 per student.
Dates and times to be determined.

For some students, online learning is the most efficient way to complete a course during the summer. However, just because it’s online, that doesn’t mean you have to go it alone. For students taking online classes through their local district or from a college, Grauer teachers are available to help make the most of your experience: help when you need it, feedback when you want it. We have the flexibility to schedule single or multiple sessions per week to enrich online classes. Tutoring at the Grauer School is $55 per hour.

For-Credit Academic Programs

The 21st century student is a year-long learner. Further, not every class is best suited for online or distance learning. By being an active member in one of our classrooms, students can get ahead or get caught up with for-credit academic courses, offered for students in grades 8 through 12. Courses meet UC standards and are approved by WASC. We hold students accountable to the same standards as we do during our normal academic year, so students are expected to demonstrate resourcefulness and self-advocacy.

Our summer school classes are open to students who are not attending the Grauer School full-time. Classes are limited to nine students, so it is important to enroll early. Classes with less than 3 students enrolled will not be offered.

First Session Academic Courses (June 23 – July 11)

First Semester Biology (Mon/Wed/Fri 9-12, Tues/Thurs 9-1:30)
First Semester Chemistry (Mon/Wed/Fri 9-12, Tues/Thurs 9-1:30)
First Semester Physics (Mon/Wed/Fri 9-12, Tues/Thurs 9-1:30)

First Semester Algebra 1 (Daily 9-12)
First Semester Geometry (Daily 9-12)
First Semester Algebra 2 (Daily 9-12)
First Semester Pre-Calculus (Daily 9-12)

First Semester Spanish 1 (Daily 9-12)
First Semester Spanish 2 (Daily 9-12)
First Semester French 1 (Daily 9-12)
First Semester French 2 (Daily 9-12)
First Semester ASL 1 (Daily 9-12)
First Semester ASL 2 (Daily 9-12)
First Semester Mandarin 1 (Daily 9-12)

First Semester World History (Daily 9-12)
First Semester U.S. History (Daily 9-12)

First Semester English 9 (Daily 9-12)
First Semester English 10 (Daily 9-12)
First Semester English 11 (Daily 9-12)

Second Session Academic Courses (July 14 – August 1)

Second Semester Biology (Mon/Wed/Fri 9-12, Tues/Thurs 9-1:30)
Second Semester Chemistry (Mon/Wed/Fri 9-12, Tues/Thurs 9-1:30)
Second Semester Physics (Mon/Wed/Fri 9-12, Tues/Thurs 9-1:30)

Second Semester Algebra 1 (Daily 9-12)
Second Semester Geometry (Daily 9-12)
Second Semester Algebra 2 (Daily 9-12)
Second Semester Pre-Calculus (Daily 9-12)

Second Semester Spanish 1 (Daily 9-12)
Second Semester Spanish 2 (Daily 9-12)
Second Semester French 1 (Daily 9-12)
Second Semester French 2 (Daily 9-12)
Second Semester ASL 1 (Daily 9-12)
Second Semester ASL 2 (Daily 9-12)
Second Semester Mandarin 1 (Daily 9-12)

Second Semester World History (Daily 9-12)
Second Semester U.S. History (Daily 9-12)

Second Semester English 9 (Daily 9-12)
Second Semester English 10 (Daily 9-12)
Second Semester English 11 (Daily 9-12)


Students applying to take a full year of any course for the first time, or any honors-level course, must have a B- or better in both of the past two semesters of that subject area. A copy of the student’s last two report cards must be turned in with the summer school application. Be advised that attending two summer semesters (earning a year’s credit) is extremely demanding, for while it does not match the enrichment of the course that is offered during the school year, the rigor remains the same.

Independent Studies

Virtually all summer school classes can be offered in a one-on-one independent studies format. This option is ideal for students with busy or complicated schedules. Independent studies courses require students to exercise self-discipline as classes meet only two or three times per week. Each independent studies course includes 34 hours of one-on-one instruction per semester (40 hours for lab courses, and 38 hours for honors courses). Independent study courses cost $1675 per semester for Humanities courses, $1975 for Mathematics courses, and $2275 for Science courses. A fee of $200 will be added to each semester of any class being taken for honors. In compliance with NCAA regulations, all Independent Studies courses are marked PAC on transcripts to designate that these classes were taken at either a condensed or expanded pace set by the student, or different than a traditional class.

Transfer Credit

Grauer School units are accredited by the WASC. Units are only guaranteed if the student has permission in advance from his/her school guidance office to take the course. Acquiring permission is not the responsibility The Grauer School or any of its representatives. Be mindful when registering as each school or district has its own transfer credit policy, and there may be a cap on transferable units. Transcripts will be mailed to your school one week after completion of course(s). Extra copies of transcripts cost $20 each.


Enrollment is limited in all for-credit academic classes. A $75 non-refundable registration fee is required to reserve your space for students new to The Grauer School for all for-credit classes and $20 for week-long camps. Final tuition is due prior to the first day of class. Tuition is non-refundable after classes begin. Checks should be payable to The Grauer School, and mailed with a completed application to:

The Grauer School
Summer School
1500 So. El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA 92024

For any questions, please contact our Summer School Coordinator, Nick Scacco, by filling out this form, calling 760-274-2118, or emailing

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