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Summer School

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 interests in our unique, relationship driven college preparatory environment.

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 current Grauer School students.

This year’s summer sessions are scheduled to run:

  • June 25 – July 13 (July 4th off for Independence Day)
  • July 16 – August 3

Standard enrollment begins April 16 and closes June 8. Priority enrollment is open from March 5 to April 13 and includes a 5% reduction in tuition.

The 2018 Summer School Program offerings and schedule will be available at the beginning of February. If you have any questions, you can contact:

Tricia Valeski
TEL: 760-274-2116
EMAIL: summerschool@grauerschool.com

We hope to see you this summer!

Week-long Enrichment Programs

Week-long enrichment programs are designed to encourage intellectual curiosity during the languid days of summer. The cost of each camp is $230 per week with a $25 non-refundable enrollment fee. Enrolling in three camps qualifies families for the discount rate of $635. There is an enrollment minimum of 5 students and an enrollment maximum of 10.

Middle School Math Boot Camp

During the middle school math boot camp, students begin 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 26 – 30, 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 26 – 30, 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 26 – 30, Daily 9-12)

Music Performance Boot 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 26 – 30, Daily 9-12)
  • Second Session: (July 17 – 21, Daily 9-12)

Drawing, Painting, Printmaking & Mixed Media

Join us for a fun-filled week of art! No matter your previous experience level in art, you will be able continue and expand your skills with the projects we create. We will start off the week with drawing exercises using graphite, charcoal, and ink, then incorporating those skills we will move into painting, printmaking, and mixed media. We will be playing some painting games, as we prep ourselves for our final painting. Some of the other mediums and types of art we will be experimenting with include: watercolor, colored pencil, acrylic paint, spray paint, linoleum and woodblock printing, and silkscreen, to name a few.

We will also have the option of working on some plein air drawings and paintings at a nearby beach!

Feel free to browse our Art Blog.

  • First Session: (June 26 – 30, Daily 9-12)

Spanish Immersion Camps

Send your student to Spanish Boot Camp! This is a week-long crash course in the fundamentals of Spanish. Whether your student has had some Spanish in the past and you’re concerned that they’ll lose it over the summer, or you want to give your student some exposure before embarking on their first year of Spanish classes, this is a great option. In this immersion course, students will interact with one another and with the teacher in Spanish. We will spend our last day in Old Town State Historic Park, the site of the first permanent Spanish settlement in California. We’ll soak in the culture and history while we apply our skills in real-life situations.

  • First Session: Middle School (June 26 – 30, Daily 9-12)
  • Second Session: High School (July 17 – 21, Daily 9-12)

Culinary Camp

Students enrolled in the Culinary Class will learn basic to intermediate cooking skills. Each day, the students will shop and cook various international meals. Students will start with basic techniques in baking, grilling and cooking. They will be instructed on how to go from farm to table and learn the nutrients of ingredients. This is a great class for beginners to learn knowledge of cooking as well as knowledge of conduct in a kitchen. This class is for students in grades 7-12.

  • First Session: (June 26 – 30, Daily 9-12)
  • Second Session: (July 17 – 21, Daily 9-12)

Ocean Health & Surf Camp

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. Students will also be receiving guest lectures from local experts on water safety and ocean ecology. This class is for students in grades 7-12.

  • First Session: (June 26 – 30, Daily 9-12)
  • Second Session: (July 17 – 21, Daily 9-12)

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.

English CoursesTimePricing
English 89-12, M-F$1070 (1 semester)
$2140 (Full Year)
English 99-12, M-F$1070 (1 Semester)
$2140 (Full Year)
English 109-12, M-F$1070 (1 Semester)
$2140 (Full Year)
English 119-12, M-F$1070 (1 Semester)
$2140 (Full Year)

Math CoursesTimePricing
Algebra 19-12, M-F$1170 (1 Semester)
$2340 (Full Year)
Geometry9-12, M-F$1170 (1 Semester)
$2340 (Full Year)
Algebra 29-12, M-F$1170 (1 Semester)
$2340 (Full Year)
Pre-Calculus9-12, M-F$1170 (1 Semester)
$2340 (Full Year)

History CoursesTimePricing
World History9-12, M-F$1070 (1 Semester)
$2140 (Full Year)
U.S. History9-12, M-F$1070 (1 Semester)
$2140 (Full Year)

*A fee of $200 will be added to each semester of any class being taken for honors credit.


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.

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 of 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 $25 for week-long camps. Final tuition is due May 5. 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


The registration fee is non-refundable.
Notification of withdrawal or changes must be made in writing to the Summer School Director.

There are no refunds after May 26. A refund of 90% of the tuition for any course may be obtained prior to May 26, 2017 by written request to Summer School Director Tricia Valeski, summerschool@grauerschool.com.


The Grauer School reserves the right to cancel a course due to insufficient enrollment. Cancellation of classes will be decided by June 9, and every effort will be made to find an alternate class selection. If an adequate alternative is not available a 100% refund will be made including any registration fees.

For any questions, please contact Tricia Valeski, at (760) 274-2116 or summerschool@grauerschool.com.

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