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Welcome to The Grauer School!

As a premier independent private school in San Diego, we are steadfastly dedicated to preparing tomorrow’s leaders for roles in our global community. The Grauer School was founded in 1991 by Dr. Stuart Grauer to provide teens with an environment to develop their own empowered voices. Our green, six-acre campus in Encinitas, California offers diverse programs accommodating approximately 160 students in grades seven through 12.

Our Socratic learning environment allows our students to stand on their own two feet while developing critical thinking skills necessary to meet the unique challenges of a rapidly changing society and world. Our curriculum allows students the flexibility to take classes for fun, learn how to make mistakes, become confident pursuing their passions, and ultimately follow their hearts doing things they are drawn to, rather than plotting out preordained or controlled paths they have little or no control over.

At the Grauer School, we believe our students achieve more enduring outcomes by cultivating independent thinking faculties necessary for self-empowerment, which includes forming core values like personal motivation, freedom, and courage. Our innovative curriculum has resulted in many students matriculating to the nation’s finest colleges and universities. As an inclusive independent school committed to celebrating diversity in all forms, we welcome students of many cultural and social backgrounds throughout the United States and across the globe.

A visit here could easily change the way you see great education

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96% Acceptance rate to the

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70% Student body participation in team sports


Grauer Events

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STEAM Camp: Introduction to 3D Design and Electronics  (Middle School) - July 22-26

Join Ryan Stevens for an exciting and fun-filled week of state-of-the-art technology with Introduction to 3D Design and Electronics! Students are welcome at all knowledge levels, whether you're a CAD (Computer-Aided Design) pro or have never heard of CAD before. We'll start off the week by learning how to use the "Tinkercad" program to create 3D models and scenes. Beginners will learn the basics, and advanced students will practice their skills and create more complex models. Students will also learn how to use the school's 3D printers and will print their designs to bring home with them! The next section of the class will start with tutorials on Electronics and Circuits. You'll learn all about the basics of electricity, as well as how to build your own circuits. We'll start with simple circuits, then we'll move on to using the Arduino electronics platform to make interactive projects controlling lights, sounds, and motors. No prior programming experience is required. By the end of the week, students will have the skills to build anything they can think of! Click here to learn more and sign up!

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STEAM Camp: Introduction to 3D Design and Electronics  (Middle School) - July 22-26

Join Ryan Stevens for an exciting and fun-filled week of state-of-the-art technology with Introduction to 3D Design and Electronics! Students are welcome at all knowledge levels, whether you're a CAD (Computer-Aided Design) pro or have never heard of CAD before. We'll start off the week by learning how to use the "Tinkercad" program to create 3D models and scenes. Beginners will learn the basics, and advanced students will practice their skills and create more complex models. Students will also learn how to use the school's 3D printers and will print their designs to bring home with them! The next section of the class will start with tutorials on Electronics and Circuits. You'll learn all about the basics of electricity, as well as how to build your own circuits. We'll start with simple circuits, then we'll move on to using the Arduino electronics platform to make interactive projects controlling lights, sounds, and motors. No prior programming experience is required. By the end of the week, students will have the skills to build anything they can think of! Click here to learn more and sign up!

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STEAM Camp: Introduction to 3D Design and Electronics  (Middle School) - July 22-26

Join Ryan Stevens for an exciting and fun-filled week of state-of-the-art technology with Introduction to 3D Design and Electronics! Students are welcome at all knowledge levels, whether you're a CAD (Computer-Aided Design) pro or have never heard of CAD before. We'll start off the week by learning how to use the "Tinkercad" program to create 3D models and scenes. Beginners will learn the basics, and advanced students will practice their skills and create more complex models. Students will also learn how to use the school's 3D printers and will print their designs to bring home with them! The next section of the class will start with tutorials on Electronics and Circuits. You'll learn all about the basics of electricity, as well as how to build your own circuits. We'll start with simple circuits, then we'll move on to using the Arduino electronics platform to make interactive projects controlling lights, sounds, and motors. No prior programming experience is required. By the end of the week, students will have the skills to build anything they can think of! Click here to learn more and sign up!

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STEAM Camp: Introduction to 3D Design and Electronics  (Middle School) - July 22-26

Join Ryan Stevens for an exciting and fun-filled week of state-of-the-art technology with Introduction to 3D Design and Electronics! Students are welcome at all knowledge levels, whether you're a CAD (Computer-Aided Design) pro or have never heard of CAD before. We'll start off the week by learning how to use the "Tinkercad" program to create 3D models and scenes. Beginners will learn the basics, and advanced students will practice their skills and create more complex models. Students will also learn how to use the school's 3D printers and will print their designs to bring home with them! The next section of the class will start with tutorials on Electronics and Circuits. You'll learn all about the basics of electricity, as well as how to build your own circuits. We'll start with simple circuits, then we'll move on to using the Arduino electronics platform to make interactive projects controlling lights, sounds, and motors. No prior programming experience is required. By the end of the week, students will have the skills to build anything they can think of! Click here to learn more and sign up!

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STEAM Camp: Introduction to 3D Design and Electronics  (Middle School) - July 22-26

Join Ryan Stevens for an exciting and fun-filled week of state-of-the-art technology with Introduction to 3D Design and Electronics! Students are welcome at all knowledge levels, whether you're a CAD (Computer-Aided Design) pro or have never heard of CAD before. We'll start off the week by learning how to use the "Tinkercad" program to create 3D models and scenes. Beginners will learn the basics, and advanced students will practice their skills and create more complex models. Students will also learn how to use the school's 3D printers and will print their designs to bring home with them! The next section of the class will start with tutorials on Electronics and Circuits. You'll learn all about the basics of electricity, as well as how to build your own circuits. We'll start with simple circuits, then we'll move on to using the Arduino electronics platform to make interactive projects controlling lights, sounds, and motors. No prior programming experience is required. By the end of the week, students will have the skills to build anything they can think of! Click here to learn more and sign up!

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Creative Writing Camp: Storytelling  (Middle School) - July 29-August 2

Join Sahina Jerome and dive into your imagination to discover endless worlds through writing! This program offers Middle School writers the opportunity to delve into various forms of creative writing, enriching their minds with the works of diverse authors from around the globe. Over the course of this adventure, students will not only enhance their writing skills but also develop a profound appreciation for the power of storytelling.

  • Day 1: Students will explore different poetic forms, from traditional sonnets and haikus to contemporary free verse. By analyzing poems by diverse poets, students will learn how to express their thoughts, feelings, and observations in poetic form. We will choose a style and write our own poems.
  • Day 2: Transitioning from poetry, we will focus on short story writing. Students will dissect the elements that make a short story compelling, including character development, setting, plot, and conflict. Through exercises that encourage imaginative thinking, students will start drafting their own stories, inspired by a wide range of themes and genres.
  • Day 3: Students will craft personal narratives. Drawing from their own experiences, memories, and dreams, they will learn how to make personal tales that show emotional depth. 
  • Day 4: Sharks, and monsters, and bears - oh my! Students will read fantasy and science fiction stories, that will prep them to build worlds beyond the ordinary. Exploring world-building, myth-making, and speculative fiction, students will craft stories that transport readers to places born from their wildest imaginations.
  • Day 5: Our final day is dedicated to refining and reflecting. Students will revisit their works from the week, learning the art of revision to enhance their stories and poems. The day will conclude with a celebratory sharing session, where students can showcase their favorite pieces, offering feedback and encouragement to their peers.

Click here to learn more and sign up!

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Math Camp: Middle School Math Boot Camp (Middle School) - July 29-August 2
Get ready to have fun learning math with Ryan Stevens! Middle School students will work on math skills and concepts they need to develop, and learn ways to be more proficient in their areas of strength, all while having fun in a relaxed, playful environment. Ryan says, "I am excited to share my passion for math and to help students build confidence and love of numbers." Click here to learn more and sign up!
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Creative Writing Camp: Storytelling  (Middle School) - July 29-August 2

Join Sahina Jerome and dive into your imagination to discover endless worlds through writing! This program offers Middle School writers the opportunity to delve into various forms of creative writing, enriching their minds with the works of diverse authors from around the globe. Over the course of this adventure, students will not only enhance their writing skills but also develop a profound appreciation for the power of storytelling.

  • Day 1: Students will explore different poetic forms, from traditional sonnets and haikus to contemporary free verse. By analyzing poems by diverse poets, students will learn how to express their thoughts, feelings, and observations in poetic form. We will choose a style and write our own poems.
  • Day 2: Transitioning from poetry, we will focus on short story writing. Students will dissect the elements that make a short story compelling, including character development, setting, plot, and conflict. Through exercises that encourage imaginative thinking, students will start drafting their own stories, inspired by a wide range of themes and genres.
  • Day 3: Students will craft personal narratives. Drawing from their own experiences, memories, and dreams, they will learn how to make personal tales that show emotional depth. 
  • Day 4: Sharks, and monsters, and bears - oh my! Students will read fantasy and science fiction stories, that will prep them to build worlds beyond the ordinary. Exploring world-building, myth-making, and speculative fiction, students will craft stories that transport readers to places born from their wildest imaginations.
  • Day 5: Our final day is dedicated to refining and reflecting. Students will revisit their works from the week, learning the art of revision to enhance their stories and poems. The day will conclude with a celebratory sharing session, where students can showcase their favorite pieces, offering feedback and encouragement to their peers.

Click here to learn more and sign up!

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Math Camp: Middle School Math Boot Camp (Middle School) - July 29-August 2
Get ready to have fun learning math with Ryan Stevens! Middle School students will work on math skills and concepts they need to develop, and learn ways to be more proficient in their areas of strength, all while having fun in a relaxed, playful environment. Ryan says, "I am excited to share my passion for math and to help students build confidence and love of numbers." Click here to learn more and sign up!
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Creative Writing Camp: Storytelling  (Middle School) - July 29-August 2

Join Sahina Jerome and dive into your imagination to discover endless worlds through writing! This program offers Middle School writers the opportunity to delve into various forms of creative writing, enriching their minds with the works of diverse authors from around the globe. Over the course of this adventure, students will not only enhance their writing skills but also develop a profound appreciation for the power of storytelling.

  • Day 1: Students will explore different poetic forms, from traditional sonnets and haikus to contemporary free verse. By analyzing poems by diverse poets, students will learn how to express their thoughts, feelings, and observations in poetic form. We will choose a style and write our own poems.
  • Day 2: Transitioning from poetry, we will focus on short story writing. Students will dissect the elements that make a short story compelling, including character development, setting, plot, and conflict. Through exercises that encourage imaginative thinking, students will start drafting their own stories, inspired by a wide range of themes and genres.
  • Day 3: Students will craft personal narratives. Drawing from their own experiences, memories, and dreams, they will learn how to make personal tales that show emotional depth. 
  • Day 4: Sharks, and monsters, and bears - oh my! Students will read fantasy and science fiction stories, that will prep them to build worlds beyond the ordinary. Exploring world-building, myth-making, and speculative fiction, students will craft stories that transport readers to places born from their wildest imaginations.
  • Day 5: Our final day is dedicated to refining and reflecting. Students will revisit their works from the week, learning the art of revision to enhance their stories and poems. The day will conclude with a celebratory sharing session, where students can showcase their favorite pieces, offering feedback and encouragement to their peers.

Click here to learn more and sign up!

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Math Camp: Middle School Math Boot Camp (Middle School) - July 29-August 2
Get ready to have fun learning math with Ryan Stevens! Middle School students will work on math skills and concepts they need to develop, and learn ways to be more proficient in their areas of strength, all while having fun in a relaxed, playful environment. Ryan says, "I am excited to share my passion for math and to help students build confidence and love of numbers." Click here to learn more and sign up!
all day

Creative Writing Camp: Storytelling  (Middle School) - July 29-August 2

Join Sahina Jerome and dive into your imagination to discover endless worlds through writing! This program offers Middle School writers the opportunity to delve into various forms of creative writing, enriching their minds with the works of diverse authors from around the globe. Over the course of this adventure, students will not only enhance their writing skills but also develop a profound appreciation for the power of storytelling.

  • Day 1: Students will explore different poetic forms, from traditional sonnets and haikus to contemporary free verse. By analyzing poems by diverse poets, students will learn how to express their thoughts, feelings, and observations in poetic form. We will choose a style and write our own poems.
  • Day 2: Transitioning from poetry, we will focus on short story writing. Students will dissect the elements that make a short story compelling, including character development, setting, plot, and conflict. Through exercises that encourage imaginative thinking, students will start drafting their own stories, inspired by a wide range of themes and genres.
  • Day 3: Students will craft personal narratives. Drawing from their own experiences, memories, and dreams, they will learn how to make personal tales that show emotional depth. 
  • Day 4: Sharks, and monsters, and bears - oh my! Students will read fantasy and science fiction stories, that will prep them to build worlds beyond the ordinary. Exploring world-building, myth-making, and speculative fiction, students will craft stories that transport readers to places born from their wildest imaginations.
  • Day 5: Our final day is dedicated to refining and reflecting. Students will revisit their works from the week, learning the art of revision to enhance their stories and poems. The day will conclude with a celebratory sharing session, where students can showcase their favorite pieces, offering feedback and encouragement to their peers.

Click here to learn more and sign up!

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Math Camp: Middle School Math Boot Camp (Middle School) - July 29-August 2
Get ready to have fun learning math with Ryan Stevens! Middle School students will work on math skills and concepts they need to develop, and learn ways to be more proficient in their areas of strength, all while having fun in a relaxed, playful environment. Ryan says, "I am excited to share my passion for math and to help students build confidence and love of numbers." Click here to learn more and sign up!
all day

Creative Writing Camp: Storytelling  (Middle School) - July 29-August 2

Join Sahina Jerome and dive into your imagination to discover endless worlds through writing! This program offers Middle School writers the opportunity to delve into various forms of creative writing, enriching their minds with the works of diverse authors from around the globe. Over the course of this adventure, students will not only enhance their writing skills but also develop a profound appreciation for the power of storytelling.

  • Day 1: Students will explore different poetic forms, from traditional sonnets and haikus to contemporary free verse. By analyzing poems by diverse poets, students will learn how to express their thoughts, feelings, and observations in poetic form. We will choose a style and write our own poems.
  • Day 2: Transitioning from poetry, we will focus on short story writing. Students will dissect the elements that make a short story compelling, including character development, setting, plot, and conflict. Through exercises that encourage imaginative thinking, students will start drafting their own stories, inspired by a wide range of themes and genres.
  • Day 3: Students will craft personal narratives. Drawing from their own experiences, memories, and dreams, they will learn how to make personal tales that show emotional depth. 
  • Day 4: Sharks, and monsters, and bears - oh my! Students will read fantasy and science fiction stories, that will prep them to build worlds beyond the ordinary. Exploring world-building, myth-making, and speculative fiction, students will craft stories that transport readers to places born from their wildest imaginations.
  • Day 5: Our final day is dedicated to refining and reflecting. Students will revisit their works from the week, learning the art of revision to enhance their stories and poems. The day will conclude with a celebratory sharing session, where students can showcase their favorite pieces, offering feedback and encouragement to their peers.

Click here to learn more and sign up!

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Math Camp: Middle School Math Boot Camp (Middle School) - July 29-August 2
Get ready to have fun learning math with Ryan Stevens! Middle School students will work on math skills and concepts they need to develop, and learn ways to be more proficient in their areas of strength, all while having fun in a relaxed, playful environment. Ryan says, "I am excited to share my passion for math and to help students build confidence and love of numbers." Click here to learn more and sign up!