Discover Grauer Days

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Discover Grauer Days

Discover Grauer Days 2017

January 18, 2017
February 2, 2017

Please RSVP:  Click here or call 760/274-2116

The Grauer School welcomes the community to learn about renowned independent education at our Discover Grauer Days events in November 2016 and January 2017. Discover Grauer Days are an opportunity for families to visit The Grauer School while school is in session. Through small group tours of the campus and classrooms, families can experience a “day in the life” of a Grauer student. Tours will run from 9:00 am to 10:15 am on the following days: January 18, 2017 and February 2, 2017. Click here or call 760/274-2116 to RSVP for the Open House event.

For over 25 years, The Grauer School has balanced humanitarian, relationship-based education with college preparatory rigor. The school is recognized as a global leader in the small schools movement. As a small school by design, with approximately 150 students in grades 7-12 and a 7:1 student to teacher ratio, The Grauer School emphasizes Socratic teaching and authentic mentoring relationships. The school promotes deep student engagement through small class sizes with greater writing and speaking opportunities, student reflection, and exciting educational philosophies. Dr. Grauer notes, “It’s all about access to leadership. Our clear goal is to provide a structure that promotes integrative learning, real respect in class and around campus, student voice, age mixing and mentoring, self-reflection, and creativity among our students. These are what we refer to as our ‘non-negotiables’. Grauer’s teachers manifest these ideals daily, providing the inspiration for our students to create and grow, as well as a safe space for them to strive and share. Our students graduate knowing they can change the world with confidence and conviction.”

The Grauer School’s Expeditionary Learning program is a popular and life-changing experience for students. Twice a year, Grauer students travel on week-long expeditions throughout the United States and abroad. Expeditions offer valuable opportunities for the students to think on their feet, make lasting friendships all over the world, and offer humanitarian and ecological service. Arts, culture, geography, physical and social challenges, community service, and student reflection are all integral components of this experience. Dr. Grauer explains, “Grauer’s Expeditionary learning, or discovery-based learning programs, are emulated around the world, in accordance with our school’s motto, ‘Learn by Discovery.’ Our expeditions are never just tours where students are led around and shown tourist sites. Grauer expeditions are full-engagement where we immerse into schools, clinics, tribes, performances, and service opportunities. We always find ways to serve.”

The Grauer School provides an inspiring range of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) options for students. Morgan Brown, STEM Center Coordinator and High School Robotics team coach, notes, “We maintain a highly successful robotics program, and offer engineering design, computer science, and graphic design electives along with an environmental science class supported by our Green Grauer initiative. Additionally, all of our math and science classes are geared towards project-based learning with technology and engineering incorporated into the curriculum. We believe that the best way for students to learn and appreciate STEM topics is to provide them with exciting, hands-on opportunities that directly correlate to and expand upon what they have learned in the classroom.”

The Grauer School’s extensive extra-curricular programs include music and performing arts, visual arts and photography, film studies, leadership, and community service. Students also have a wide variety of no-cut athletics programs to choose from, including archery, basketball, cross-country, flag football, golf, soccer, surfing, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Dana Abplanalp-Diggs, Grauer’s Principal, says “Our small size affords students greater opportunities for leadership and inclusion in a variety of activities they might not have access to at a larger, more impersonal school. Grauer also provides customized scheduling to support students who are pursuing their interests outside of school, because our goal is to help our students become the individuals they want to be.”

Tricia Shemwell, Director of Guidance and College Counseling, remarks, “We believe that our emphasis on relationship-driven education is the reason for the school’s superior college acceptance rates. Last year, 93% of our graduates were accepted to their top choice schools.” This year, 100% of matriculated Grauer students surveyed school-wide indicated that they feel like the faculty really care about them. “This connection with mentors is vital to the development of self-advocacy and makes our students highly attractive to colleges and universities,” Shemwell notes.

Admissions applications for the 2017-18 academic year are available on our website (click here to learn more about the application process). The Grauer School uses a rolling admissions process, but applications received by February 3, 2017 will be given priority. To learn more about the admissions process and RSVP for a Discover Grauer Day event, visit or call 760/274-2116.