The Grauer School is an independent college preparatory school in Encinitas, CA, serving Northern San Diego and surroundings, close to the communities of Carlsbad, La Costa, Del Mar, Solana Beach, and Rancho Santa Fe. We offer rigorous academics, enriching arts and athletics, and unparalleled leadership opportunities – all in a trusting and socially inclusive environment. There is no other private school like it in San Diego.
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.
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.
The Grauer School strongly believes that secondary education is not a means to an end. We want our students to try classes for fun, make mistakes, follow a passion, and do things that they are drawn to rather than plotting out a preordained path. We believe they will achieve more enduring outcomes in this way, including getting into the most appropriate colleges. To balance this, our program normally entails completing 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).
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The Grauer School is governed by the Board of Trustees of The Grauer Foundation for Education, a public non-profit corporation. The President of The Grauer Foundation serves as the Head of School. Various board committees, which consists of community leaders and parents, provides advisory assistance to the school and board. A Student Council supports various cultural, social and student issues. A Parent Association represents the school locally and creates cultural and social events.
We are proudly affiliated with UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. UNESCO is a specialized agency of the United Nations that contributes to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through education, science and culture in order to further universal respect for justice, the rule of law and human rights. UNESCO’s mission includes reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and attaining quality education for all.