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Summer School

Soar. Explore. Discover. Are you ready to make the most out of your summer break? The Grauer School’s summer school program is designed to provide enrichment, learning, and of course, fun throughout the summer! We help students explore their academic and creative interests in our unique relationship-driven environment.

We offer week-long Enrichment Camps for middle school and high school students, as well as For-Credit Academic Programs for students in grades 8-12 who want to get ahead or get caught up during the summer. All of our summer programs are available to students throughout San Diego County, not just current Grauer School students.

This year's summer sessions are: June 24 to July 12 (Session 1) and July 15 through August 2 (Session 2). We invite you to take some time and browse through our summer school programs. We are excited for you to join us this summer at The Grauer School!


Week-Long Enrichment Programs

Week-long Enrichment Programs are designed to encourage intellectual curiosity and challenge students to try something new during the summer. Our camp instructors are all Grauer teachers or other adults who are experts in their fields, and you can be assured that your child will be closely supervised at all times.

The cost of each camp is $250 per week with a $25 non-refundable enrollment fee, unless specified otherwise. Enrolling in three camps qualifies families for the discount rate of $700. There is an enrollment minimum of 5 students and an enrollment maximum of 10, unless specified otherwise in the camp descriptions below. 

Enrichment Camp Enrollment

This year's summer sessions are: June 24 to July 12 (Session 1) and July 15 through August 16 (Session 2). Standard enrollment for the first session closes on June 19, and enrollment for the second session closes on July 10. A non-refundable registration fee of $25 is required for all Enrichment Camps. If you are enrolling more than one student, please fill out a separate application form and medical form and submit a payment for each student you are enrolling.

To enroll a student in one of our Summer School Enrichment Camps, you can click on the button below to fill out the online application form and submit your payment via Credit Card. 

A completed Medical Form must be filled out on or before the first day of class. Click on the link below to download the Medical Form. 
Download Medical Form

If you would prefer to pay for Enrichment Camp enrollment with a Check, you can download the Application Form and Medical Form using the link below, and mail your completed forms with your check payable to "The Grauer School" to The Grauer School, Attn: Summer School, 1500 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA, 92024.

Download Application & Medical Forms

Summer Music Camp: Songwriting & Recording Camp

Write Your Own Song and Record It Professionally

Calling all young musicians, songwriters, and musical artists! Our week-long Songwriting and Recording camp will have you writing music, recording in the studio, and releasing your work on streaming services.

This camp for musicians of all levels, whether you're an experienced songwriter and performer or you want to get started with learning how to write your own music. We will start by analyzing your favorite songs to figure out what makes them so good, and you'll learn the basic components of songwriting. The next step is to form your band and start jamming! Together we’ll take your ideas and turn them into a full song, and then we'll head to the studio to record it. At the end of the camp, you’ll walk away with a professional recording of your song on Spotify/streaming services to show off to your friends!

This camp is open to Middle School students in the first session and High School students in the second session, with a maximum of 12 students per session. This cost for this full-day camp is $325 with an additional Materials Fee of $30, for a total of $355 per student. This camp is open to all students in the San Diego area, and it's a fun camp to do with a group of your friends!

  • First Session: (July 8–12, Daily 9am-3pm - For Middle School Students
  • Second Session: (July 15-19, Daily 9am-3pm - For High School Students)

Summer English Camp: Creative Writing Camp

Discover Your Creative Writing Talent With Inspiration From Nature

This week-long Creative Writing camp promises to inspire all level of writers whether you're a poet, a short story writer, or a playwright. Our focus will be on finding inspiration in the world around us!

Each day, we will take a short walk in nature to wake up our senses and connect to the elements. Among other artistic devices, we will use music and visualization techniques to dive into our own rich imaginations for cultivating ideas about setting, character and plot! Visual art, from collage to found poetry, will also be a way for us to translate our ideas into writing. And, of course, we will write and share and listen to each other in a creative and supportive environment. 

"I love reminding students that their most inspirational writing teacher is the awakening of their senses with the natural world."
 –Christina Burress, Grauer English Department Chair

This camp is open to all Middle School and High School students, and the cost is $200 per student.

•    First Session: (June 25 – June 28, Daily 9-12)  **Tuesday to Friday

Summer Robotics Camp: FTC Robot Construction Boot Camp

STEM High School & Middle School Robotics Camp

Join us for an exciting week of intensive FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Robot Construction! This camp is for High School students and Middle School students, and the camp is open to Grauer students and students from other schools. Students are welcome at all knowledge levels, whether you’re just learning about robotics, or if you already have some experience on an FTC Robotics team and want to learn more.

During this weeklong Robotics Boot Camp, students will build a fully functional robot using FTC-approved parts and programming. Each student will learn all aspects of hardware and software design that goes into building a functional FTC robot. Students will work in small teams to design, build, and program an FTC robot from the ground up.

Learn more about the First Tech Challenge Program

FTC robots can be up to 18" in length. The robots will be built using the following parts: Extruded Aluminum Frames, REV Expansion Hub Robot Controllers, Cell Phones, and REV motors with encoders.

This Boot Camp program is designed to provide a comprehensive overview so students will have a working knowledge of each aspect of the FTC Robotics program. This will give them a big head start if they’re interested in joining an FTC team or similar robotics program at their school during the school year, because they'll be able to step in and take on any of the roles on their robotics team with confidence. If you're interested in robotics and want to get some hands-on experience in programming and building advanced robots, this is the program for you!

This cost for this camp is $250 with an additional Materials Fee of $60, for a total of $310 per student. This camp has a maximum of 15 students and it fills up quickly, so we encourage you to sign up early to reserve your spot.

  • First Session: (July 8–12, Daily 9-12) 
  • Second Session: (July 29 – August 2, Daily 9-12)

 

Summer Robotics Camp: Fun with Robots & Drones

STEM Middle School Camp

Join us for an exciting and fun-filled week of technology with Robots and Drones! This camp is for Middle School students entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grades in the fall, and the camp is open to Grauer students and students from other schools. Students are welcome at all knowledge levels, whether you’re just learning about robots, drones, and programming concepts for the first time, or if you already have some experience and want to learn more.

Our robotics camps are engaging and educational. It’s such a fun challenge to make a robot run through a maze or make a drone fly through the air using code that you programmed yourself!
—Peggy Gardner, Grauer Middle School Robotics Team Coach

We’ll start off the week by programming LEGO Mindstorms robotic vehicles. Beginners will start with basic programming lessons, and more advanced students will refresh their knowledge and add enhancements to the robots. We’ll complete the Robot section with everyone running the robots through mazes and competitions together. This knowledge will give students a big head start if they’re interested in joining a First Lego League (FLL) team or similar robotics program at their school during the school year.

Learn more about the First Lego League Program

The Drone section of the class will start with programming lessons to learn how to make the drones fly. You’ll learn all about pitch, roll, and yaw, and learn to think like a drone pilot! We’ll start with block programming for basic drone commands which is ideal for beginning programmers, and we'll move on to use more advanced commands to program the drone’s actions. Everyone will participate in fun interactive activities with the drones.

During the week, the students will learn about video production techniques that they will use to shoot video of their robot and drone maneuvers. For the final activity of the week, students will use multimedia programs to edit their video clips and create a spectacular video of their activities during the week. Prepare for a fun and educational week!

This cost for this camp is $250 with an additional Materials Fee of $30, for a total of $280 per student. This camp has a maximum of 10 students and it fills up quickly, so we encourage you to sign up early to reserve your spot.

  • First Session: (July 8–12, Daily 9-12)  ** THIS SESSION IS FULL
  • Second Session: (July 29 – August 2, Daily 9-12)  ** THIS SESSION IS FULL

Summer Surf Camp: Surfing & Ocean Stewardship

Develop surfing & water safety skills, and become citizen scientists for ocean stewardship

Join us for an exciting week of learning to Surf, while discovering the resources that surround our community and having fun! You'll surf some of North County’s best surf breaks daily. You'll learn about Southern California ocean health through hands-on practice as citizen scientists assisting with conservation efforts to keep the ocean pristine and biologically-diverse. 

"This is SoCal: summer and surfing just go together! We want our students to become better surfers both in and out of the water. Our goal is not only to advance surfing skills, but to emphasize the importance of conservation. Let’s enjoy our natural surfing resources and preserve them for others to enjoy in the future.”
—Brian Dugan, Grauer Surf Coach

Our camp instructors are Grauer teachers so you can be assured that your child will be closely supervised at all times, and water safety is an important component of our camp program. Enrichment and service activities may include water quality testing, watershed study, Smartfin surfing, and storm drain stenciling. Classes may also include visits to Scripps Institute of Oceanography and San Elijo Lagoon. 

"I can’t wait to get kids connecting with nature and serving as ecostewards. We want everyone to walk away from this camp thankful for living here."
—Brendan Wallace, Grauer Science Department Chair

This camp is for Middle School and High School students, with the first session tailored just for Middle School students. No surfing experience is necessary, but students should be strong swimmers. This is a fun camp to do with a group of friends! This cost for this camp is $250 per student, and there is a maximum of 12 students per session.

  • First Session: (July 8–12, Daily 8-11am - For Middle School Students
  • Second Session: (July 15–19, Daily 8-11am - For Middle & High School Students)

 

Summer Art Camp: Loly Lutti Pottery & Handcrafts Camp

Pottery, Jewelry-Making, Textile and Book Arts, Friends and Fun

Loly Lutti Summer Pottery Camp has partnered with the Nancy Gordon Pottery Studio to offer week-long sessions hosted by The Grauer School from mid-June through mid-August. We provide the option of a Full-Day program from 9:00am to 3:00pm or a Half-Day program from 9:00am-12:00pm.

This camp will focus on the art of ceramics, where students will learn about hand-building ceramic pieces, throwing on the wheel, and glazing techniques. The camp will also include other handcrafts, such as jewelry-making, book-making, and textile arts. Camp instructor Julianne Loly notes, “Summer is an ideal time to put the devices down, dive into clay, and make new friends.”

This camp is open to Elementary, Middle School, and High School students. The cost for this camp per week is $375 for the Full-Day program and $275 for the Half-Day program, with a Sibling Discount of 20% per student.

Summer 2019 Dates:
Week 1:    June 17-June 21
Week 2:    June 24-June 28
No Camp: July 1-July 5
Week 3:    July 8-July 12
Week 4:    July 15-July 19
Week 5:    July 22-July 26
No Camp: July 29-August 2
Week 6:    August 5-August 9
Week 7:    August 12-August 16

Please sign up for this camp on the Loly Lutti website: www.lolylutti.com!

Summer Dance Camp: Hip-Hop Dance

Musicality, rhythm, coordination, and fun

At this Hip-Hop Dance Camp, you’ll learn the latest dance routines to today’s most popular songs. Get your friends together for a week of exciting moves and great music. Each one-week session will conclude with a brief performance. This camp is open to students with all levels of dance knowledge from beginners to students who want to learn new moves - no experience is necessary.

This class is for students in 6th grade through 12th grade, and the cost for this camp is $250 per student.

  • Second Session: (July 29– August 2, Daily 9-12) 

 

Summer Dance Camp: Freestyle

From Fortnite to Freestyle and the Dances in Between

We all know the "dab" dance; we all know the "floss" dance. But have you ever wondered who created these dances and why? Every dance we learn has a rich history grounded in the culture and social settings in which it developed. Spend a week this summer learning the newest dances, exploring their origins, and creating your own new moves that just might become 2019’s summer dance craze. This camp is open to students with all levels of dance knowledge from beginners to students who want to learn new dance moves - no experience is necessary.

This class is for students in 6th grade through 12th grade, and the cost for this camp is $250 per student.

  • Second Session: (July 22–26, Daily 9-12) 

 

Summer Math Camp: Middle School Math Boot Camp

Enhance your Math skills in a relaxed, fun environment

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 and concepts they need to develop, and they will 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.

This class is for Middle School students who will be entering 7th and 8th grades, and the cost is $250 per student.

  • Second Session: (July 15-19, Daily 9-12) 

 

Summer Math Camp: Algebra 1 Boot Camp

Learn Algebra Topics in a friendly, relationship-driven environment

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 they choose to review, the students are presented with an overview of the topic and several 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 using after the week concludes. The combination of brief lectures, example problems, and multiple online resources provides the students with a multifaceted review of the main Algebra 1 topics in a friendly, relationship-driven environment.

The cost for this camp is $250 per student.

  • Second Session: (July 29 – August 2, Daily 9-12) 

 


For-Credit Summer Academic Programs

The 21st century student is a year-long learner and not every class is best suited for online or distance learning. By being an active member in one of our classrooms, students can get caught up or get further along the college path with for-credit academic courses, offered for students in grades 8 through 12. We blend the best of a traditional classroom with the exciting frontier of directed, online educational resources. All of our classes are taught by Grauer teachers, with low teacher-student ratios for the summer student who needs extra support. 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 current Grauer students, as well as students who are not attending The Grauer School (with a $75 non-refundable enrollment fee). Classes are limited to 9 students, so it is important to enroll early. Classes with less than 3 students enrolled will not be offered. A fee of $200 will be added to each semester of any class being taken for Honors credit.

Biology Course

The Grauer School specializes in Biology and Life Sciences. High school students can join us to earn academic credit for Biology this summer! Biology is a college preparatory course that includes the nature of science as applied to living organisms. The focus is on the diversity and interdependence of organisms as applied to biological systems, genetics, evolution, ecology and physiological processes. Lab skills will be emphasized and field activities will be included. The course is aligned to the State Standards for Science and meets the UC/CSU “d” Science requirement.

Science Courses Time Pricing

Biology

9-12, M-F $1260 (1 Semester)
$2520 (Full Year)

Mathematics Courses

We also offer a selection of Mathematics courses, which are listed below.

Mathematics Courses Time Pricing

Algebra 1
Geometry
Algebra 2
Pre-Calculus

9-12, M-F $1260 (1 Semester)
$2520 (Full Year)

Prerequisites

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 semester 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 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.

For-Credit Academic Program Enrollment

A non-refundable registration fee of $75 is required to reserve your space in all for-credit academic classes for students who do not attend The Grauer School. Please fill out a separate application form and medical form for each student enrolling in the program.

Please click on the button below to download the Summer School Enrollment Forms to enroll in our For-Credit Academic Programs. You will need to mail the completed Application Form with your payment to enroll in any summer camp, and you can bring the completed Medical Form to the first day of summer school classes.

Summer School Enrollment Forms

Completed applications should be mailed with your check payable to "The Grauer School" to The Grauer School, Attn: Summer School, 1500 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA, 92024.

Additional Enrollment Information

Summer Camp T-Shirts

You can purchase Grauer Summer School t-shirts for $20 each in Youth and Adult sizes on our Grauer Gear store.

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Refunds

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

A refund of 90% of the tuition for any course may be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course is scheduled to start, by written request to Summer School Director Tricia Valeski at triciavaleski@grauerschool.com.

Cancellation

The Grauer School reserves the right to cancel a course due to insufficient enrollment. Cancellation of classes will be decided by June 7 for the First Session of classes, and by June 28 for the Second Session of classes. Every effort will be made to find an alternate class selection for your student. If an adequate alternative is not available, a 100% refund will be made including any registration fees.

Enrollment Questions

For enrollment questions, click on the quick-link below to send an question using our online form, or you can contact our Summer School Director, Tricia Valeski, at triciavaleski@grauerschool.com or 760-274-2116.