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.
On February 9, The Grauer School celebrated its annual Asian Lunar New Year assembly to welcome the Year of the Dog. The afternoon began with a Chinese food lunch, followed by music and dance performances.
Grauer's Shockwave Robotics hosted and competed in the FTC League Championship here on campus on Saturday, February 10.
On February 7, Grauer's Music teachers, Isaac Langen and Tom Hopper, took a group of high school and middle school musicians to perform at Somerford Place, an Alzheimer's care center located next to The Grauer School.
Isaac Langen and Tom Hopper took their 7th grade students to the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad on Thursday, February 8. The class took a tour of the museum and tried out a lot of interesting instruments during their field trip.
8th grade students Lourdes F. '22 and Julian I. '22 entered their science projects in the Greater San Diego Science & Engineering Fair. Congratulations to these students for taking their work to the next level and sharing it with the community.
On February 3, The Grauer School Surf Team defeated High Tech High at Army Navy Academy in Carlsbad. Congratulations to all our surfers who showed up in a big way to overcome one of the top rated teams in our division.
Grauer's High School Archery Team hosted and won their first league competition on February 3 against John Muir High School. Grauer won the meet with an exciting head-to-head one arrow team shootoff that put Grauer up with a final score of 69 to 64. Go, Gorillas!
Grauer French teacher Frida LeBreton took her students on a field trip last week to visit a factory that makes traditional French caramel. The "Le Caramel" factory is located in El Cajon, and they sell many different caramel products including caramel candy, caramel sauce, and much more.
On February 5, a large group of exchange students from Taiwan visited The Grauer School. They spent time with Grauer students in PE class and in Physical Science class where they worked together on a STEM lesson.
Grauer's Senior class held their "Pie A Senior" fundraiser last Friday, February 2. The seniors sold shaving cream pies for $20 each to raise funds for Grad Night. Throwing pies at seniors proved to be very popular with students and staff!