Academics and Programs

Successful Grauer School students complete the “a-g” admission requirements of the University of California, and participate in enrichment far beyond what is available at most schools. All courses are approved by the UC eligibility system, and meet the criteria for NCAA (collegiate) sports.

Our academic programs are offered within a whole-child, humanitarian approach to education. Students are required to complete 50 hours of demonstrable community service and five weeks of Expeditions before graduation.
Academics and Programs at The Grauer School

The average GPA of entering freshmen is 3.5, while the average Grauer School student GPA is 3.41.

Final exam weeks are held each semester (at the high school level). The Grauer School offers a six-week summer session for students needing academic coursework or desiring enrichment opportunities.

Academic Courses
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.