Frequently Asked Questions

The Grauer School admissions process enables families to learn what is essential about Grauer, and about their own educational goals, in a highly personalized way. It is our aspiration that applicants will find our admissions process to be a valuable orientation for what is truly extraordinary about Grauer. By exploring outstanding independent school options, families learn what differentiates Grauer from other schools.

How many students are accepted into each grade?
Our optimal class size is about 12. We have approximately 25 students per grade-level (two class sections). We usually fill 24 openings in seventh and 8 openings in ninth grade. Grades other than those mentioned above typically have openings only due to attrition, which is rare. If an applicant qualifies for admission for a grade other than those mentioned above, they may be admitted on a space-available basis. The school generally has a rolling (year-round) admissions schedule.

What is the student-teacher ratio for each grade?
About 6 to 1. Grades seven and eight are capped at 14 students per class. In grades nine through 12, the class cap is 12 students. Various courses have smaller enrollments, and therefore the ratio can be smaller.

Can an applicant spend a day at the Grauer School?
“Shadow days” can be scheduled after an applicant has been accepted. Applicants are normally paired with a grade-level host that they can shadow for a half or full day.

Is there a school uniform or dress code?
There is no uniform for students at The Grauer School. Students are expected to dress in a respectful manner. Cleanliness, neatness and simplicity are expected of all students. The school’s dress code is available in the student handbook.

What are school hours?
Middle school is from 8:20 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday afternoons feature our popular Expeditionary Learning Friday program, in which students spend time on or off campus in group activities, special interest classes, or at a cultural attraction, museum, outdoor attraction, or other venue.

High school is from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Fridays, high school dismissal is 1:30-4:00pm, and is determined by each student’s individual learning needs and goals. Middle school students are dismissed at 3:00pm. All work is expected to be completed and at mastery level before students depart on Fridays. All students have access to faculty office hours if they need assistance mastering any work, or for any reason.

Do you have before and after school care?
Care is not available before school. Our 3 to 5 program offers aftercare daily until 5 p.m. Students with an occasional need can simply drop in at no charge. Most clubs and sports are offered after school and are included in the tuition.