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The Grauer School Hosts Chinese Students

The Grauer School hosted eight students and two faculty members from the Chinese Ameson Foundation in February.

Encinitas, CA, February 26, 2014 --( The Grauer School recently hosted eight students and two faculty members from the Chinese Ameson Foundation culminating in a collaborative Asian New Year Celebration. Grauer hosted the Ameson Foundation group during the first week of February and paired Ameson students with Grauer student buddies and Grauer host families.

The Ameson Foundation, a non-profit group dedicated to cultural exchanges between China and The United States, invited headmasters from the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) to visit China. Dr. Stuart Grauer, Founder of The Grauer School, was one of the headmasters chosen for the opportunity. Dr. Grauer’s visit to China was a mutual success, and as a result, Dr. Grauer and the Deputy Director of the Ameson Foundation scheduled a group of Ameson students and teachers to visit The Grauer School.

Of the Ameson students’ visit, Dr. Grauer noted, “International exchange is a fundamental part of the education we provide. It provides cultural diversity and understanding as well as leadership opportunities. Our international center leader, Jillian Bourdon, created a rich fabric of experiences all week long.”

The Ameson group visited San Francisco and Los Angeles before arriving in Encinitas, where their visit began with a trip to Legoland before their week of immersion at The Grauer School. They participated in many Grauer electives including physical education, cooking, music, and art as well as core academic courses. They stayed with Grauer School host families to complete their experience, making American friends and gaining firsthand knowledge of San Diego outside of school.

Jillian Bourdon, Coordinator of The Grauer School’s International Study Program, worked with the two Ameson teachers to produce the Asian New Year Celebration, held on Friday, February 7th. The celebration included lunch, Asian-inspired performances including a traditional Lion Dance performed by White Dragon Martial Arts of La Mesa, and a presentation of certificates to the visiting Ameson students. The Ameson students made traditional dumplings and performed a traditional folk song meaning “We are all together.”

“This experience provided a great opportunity for organic interactions between Chinese and American teenagers, establishing relationships that will hopefully have a positive lasting impact on future Chinese and American adults,” stated Bourdon.

At the end of the weeklong visit, Dan Song, one of the visiting teachers from the Ameson Foundation, highlighted the main differences between education in China and education at The Grauer School. “Students from China are accustomed to going to school from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. with study groups held in the evenings until 9 p.m. Class sizes also range from 20 to 50 students per class depending on the subject and type of school.”

In contrast, The Grauer School limits class size to an average of 12 students per course and instruction lasts from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with after-school clubs and activities taking place until 5 p.m.

Dan added, “I’m amazed that this model works for students applying to colleges; students are provided with so many options and are engaged in making their own choices. I like that there is a balance and a lack of pressure to solely score high on standardized tests.”

The Grauer School, founded in 1991, is a grades 7-12 private, college preparatory school located in Encinitas, California. The school is accredited by WASC and CAIS, and serves as a successful educational model for hundreds of private schools around the world through the Coalition of Small Preparatory Schools (CSPS), established by Dr. Stuart Grauer in 2011. To learn more about The Grauer School, visit or call 760/944-6777.
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