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The Grauer School

The Grauer School is a coeducational private traditional school for students in grades 7 through 12.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Suburban


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The Grauer School, one of San Diego’s premier prep schools, was founded in 1991 by Dr. Stuart Grauer. Our students have matriculated to the nation’s finest colleges and universities. Our campus and diverse programs accommodate approximately 150 students in grades seven through 12.

Our learning model fosters nurturing, close tutorial relationships between teachers and students. With a student to teacher ratio of 7:1, teachers know each student’s personality, learning style, strengths, weaknesses and academic objectives. This deep understanding between them results in personal attention and a genuine recognition of their accomplishments. Students get the support and monitoring they need, and their input is crucial in setting and achieving academic goals that allow them to distinguish themselves in a way that commands the attention of college admissions officers.

Imagine your child in the front row of every class. The Grauer School is a leader in the nation’s highly regarded “Small Schools” movement, which allows for the individualized attention that has been largely lost in other middle and high schools. Backed by many years of research, families in schools with fewer than 200 students find that students thrive because they are better able to connect with each other and with their teachers.

Students spend their days in a Socratic environment on our green, five-acre campus in Encinitas, CA – school is in session from late August through mid-June.

Our program requires students to complete the “a-g” admission requirements of the University of California, and provides enrichment well beyond typical academic standards. All courses, including academics and electives, are approved by the University of California and meet criteria for NCAA eligibility.

Students spend a minimum of one week each semester on one of our global Expeditions, learning about different cultures and customs. Each is required to complete 50 hours of community service, and a total of five weeks of Expeditions before graduating. Most students complete more of both. We are fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).humanitarianism 6% international students, from Asia, Latin America and Europe


The Grauer School meets, and normally exceeds, all requirements for graduation in the State of California and for acceptance into the University of Califormia (“A – G requirements”).

Honors course work is offered in all academic and elective subject areas upon approval of the director and guidance counselor. Honors courses represent the highest academic challenge at The Grauer School, and are valued highly by all universities.

Honors work substantially enriches the regular curriculum; students probe subjects with greater depth and demonstrate a higher level of independent scholarship—hence, the School prefers these to AP courses which are comparatively rigid and receive equal credit. Students wishing to obtain college credit are placed in concurrent enrollment at a nearby college.

National Honor Society Membership into the National Honor Society is an honor bestowed to students who exhibit outstanding scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship. Our specific eligibility requirements include a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.75 (unweighted), a minimum of 12.5 hours of community service per year, and being an excellent role model in the school and community. Once selected, members have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate these qualities.

Honors Classes at The Grauer SchoolScheduling We offer 140 courses for just 150 students. Classes are on a modified block schedule. Students attend two, two-hour sessions of integrated subjects each morning, which include a humanities block with English and social science, and a technologies block with physical/biological science and math. Afternoon classes are divided into two elective periods, one for 50-minutes, and the following 100 minutes.

Independent Studies The Grauer School offers a flexible independent studies program.

Mission Statement

Nurturing leadership, creativity, and the arts in a compassionate, college-preparatory environment.




Private schools, including parochial and boarding, are funded through tuition and fees. The cost varies from school to school, but most families pay tuition to attend them. Many private schools offer financial aid or discounts, so it's worthwhile to ask about these options.


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Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 152
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
6 12
7 30
8 24
9 24
10 17
11 25
12 20

The Grauer School's relatively variable enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing The Grauer School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 6 : 1
Gender 49% Male / 51% Female
Dress Code Casual
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 83%
Multi-racial 3%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Black or African American 1%
Asian 10%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%


One of the key features of an education at The Grauer School is our renowned Expeditionary Learning program. Students spend at least two weeks each year outside the school walls on an expedition. Expeditions offer valuable opportunities to practice the Grauer Philosophy of resourcefulness, compassion, and humanitarian service, as well as broaden students’ education. Arts, culture, geography, physical and social challenges, community service and student reflection are all parts of the Expeditionary Learning experience. Expeditionary Learning activities may include school exchanges, hiking, camping, backpacking, diving, climbing, paddling, riding, communing with nature, volunteering, collecting data and folklore, and team building. Finding a way to make a contribution to the area or the travel group is a requirement. Reading, lectures and activities precede the trip, while team meetings, gratitude circles, and other closure activities continue the learning after students return. One-week expeditions take place each fall and spring, and students choose from among several options. At least one middle school trip and one high school trip are included in tuition. Other options may require additional tuition.
  • Archery
  • Cooking
  • Cross Country
  • Drama/Theater
  • General Fitness
  • Honor Society
  • Model UN
  • Music Ensembles
  • Photography Club
  • Robotics
  • Soccer
  • Student Council
  • Yearbook
  • Basketball
  • Flag Football
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

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