Discover Middle School
What makes us unique?
The Grauer School is a place where students discover and develop their true interests and passions. Our middle school students create authentic connections with their teachers and peers—connections parents really love and trust. Mentoring is ongoing and meaningful. Students know they have "voices and choices" in every class, club, and activity. No other school is so alive with opportunity to develop deep, safe, and trusting relationships and experience such a wide array of enriched academics.
"Our [daughter] has never been happier in her life, and we credit Grauer! We are so deeply grateful for everyone on your campus, and we look forward to an incredible year ahead."
—7th Grade Parent
Core academic courses: English, Global Insights, Math (Pre-Algebra or Algebra 1), and Life Science (lab-based).
Physical education and health: Our 7th graders meet for PE every day.
Arts Rotation: Students participate in nine weeks of Music, Studio Art, Theatre, and Multimedia. In 8th grade, they may choose one of these electives for each semester.
Mastery learning: The foundation of our academic program; students cannot move on to the next concept until they have mastered the ones prior.
World Language Rotation: Students take nine weeks of introductory instruction in French, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and American Sign Language. In 8th grade, they may choose which language to pursue in order to begin to fulfill their high school language requirement.
Middle School Fridays: Middle school students can participate in three seasons of sports, as well as activities such as cooking, engineering design, chicken coop building, organic gardening, hiking and geocaching, strategy games, and humanitarian service activities.
After school clubs & sports: After school activity choices include ASB, music, theater, robotics, competitive interscholastic sports (including archery, basketball, cross country, flag football, soccer, tennis, and volleyball), Girl Rising, choir, and open space to design their own project.
Learning outside of the classroom: Students participate in two weeklong outdoor expeditions each year, in addition to multiple field trips. Students are given the opportunity to be outside daily.
Study skills instruction: Teachers sign off on homework planners daily to make sure that students are organized and taking responsibility for their homework, long-term projects, and mastery learning.
Technology “boot camp”: This course encompasses internet safety, social media usage, presentation techniques, educational program instruction, and validating internet sources.