We strongly believe that The Grauer School is among the best in the world at balancing college preparation with Expeditionary Learning. The school was founded on the idea of "learning by discovery" and provides students with the worldwide experience to become compassionate, service-minded citizens. As a UNESCO Affiliate School, we are widely lauded for our humanitarian and ecological service in places of greatest need—we build schools, construct homes and gardens, and serve the less fortunate. Expeditionary learning is not just one of our six Core Features—it's something we believe in so strongly that we cancel classes two full weeks each year in order to engage our students in humanitarian and ecological service.
This week, our students are engaged in intensive domestic and intercultural experiences.
- We have a group of students in London, studying the arts and culture of this fantastic city. They have already toured Covent Gardens, taken a river cruise on the Thames River, enjoyed Big Ben, the London Eye, and Hyde Parke, enjoyed the play, "The Play That Goes Wrong", and visited the City University of London—and it is only Monday!
- Our Lake Powell Expedition departed on Saturday for a week focusing on connections, optimism, and friendship. They boarded thee houseboats yesterday and will be spending five days out on the water, cruising through some of the most amazing scenery and geological formations on the Colorado Plateau.
- Our Phoenix Expedition travelers departed on Monday, ready to spend a week in Phoenix, a melting pot of Native American, Mexican, cowboy, off-the-grid, agricultural, artistic and industrial culture. They will be exploring the question, "How do each of these overlap and enhance each other in this stunning southwestern setting?"
- Our Joshua reTree(t) expedition travelers will be spending the week hiking, bouldering, and rock climbing as well as visiting the Integratron for a sound bath, taking a desert art class, and enjoying a journey of self-inquiry and transformation.
- Our Idyllwild: The Trail Awaits travelers are engaging in a week-long opportunity of mindfulness training in the tranquility of this natural setting.
- Many of our middle school students will be embarking on their very first Grauer School expedition this week, traveling to the Pali Institute, an acclaimed organization for outdoor adventure, science, and leadership discovery. This WASC-accredited program focuses on an increased understanding of the ecosystem, personal growth, and awareness of group dynamics.
- Finally, our local Expedition will be engaging in fitness and sport here in San Diego, trying a new sport each day (mini-golf, go-kart racing, baseball, and basketball).
Our Expeditions program is not only a great way for our students to "learn by discovery," but to foster new relationships, practice resourcefulness, and to challenge themselves beyond their comfort levels. It is really quite miraculous that we are able to organize and plan seven such incredibly diverse trips that can accommodate over 150 students. We are grateful to Patricia Young, our Expeditions Program Director, and to all of our Expedition Trip Leads and chaperones for all of the time, energy, and love they have put into these incredible trips. We hope that your children bring home beautiful memories that they'll still think of fondly when they are thirty.
Congratulations to Ethan D. '23 for performing with his 6-cello ensemble at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall in New York City on Memorial Day. They were invited to perform at this venue after winning 2nd place in the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition.
Congratulations to 8th grader Joshua B. '22 for being selected as our Encinitas Chamber of Commerce Student of the Year! We couldn't be more proud to have him representing The Grauer School.
Congratulations to the Theatre Arts Department on their showcase of Feiffer's People on Thursday, May 31. The student directors and actors successfully produced all their hard work, and it was a great end to a very successful theatrical year!
Congratulations to two Grauer student groups who raised an impressive amount of money this year to help others in need around the world! These students demonstrated the importance of Compassion, one of The Grauer School's core values, through their fundraising efforts.
It's an annual tradition for Grauer students to relieve some stress by petting cute and cuddly animals in a Petting Zoo on campus during Finals week. On Tuesday, June 5, Grauer students had lots of fun petting a variety of animals including baby goats, rabbits, a baby pig, and a sheep.
Congratulations to Grauer senior Sophia G. '18 who took the Oath of Enlistment for the United States Marine Corps Reserves. She leaves for boot camp in October, and then she will continue at UCSD.
The High School ASB/Leadership class would like to thank everyone who supported Spirit Week 2.0 during the week of April 9-13 by dressing up and/or competing in lunchtime activities.
At the Originals Café Night event on Thursday, April 12, Grauer High School students presented a showcase of the special projects they've been working on in their elective classes throughout the year.
The Grauer School's Middle School Math Team participated in the Math Olympiad for Elementary and Middle School on April 13. They collaborated with students from other schools, and had fun thinking about challenging problems that required them to remember their math knowledge and apply it in new ways.