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Welcome to The Grauer School!

As a premier private school in San Diego, we are steadfastly dedicated to preparing tomorrow’s leaders for roles in our global community. The Grauer School was founded in 1991 by Dr. Stuart Grauer to provide teens with an environment to develop their own empowered voices. Our green, six-acre campus in Encinitas, California offers diverse programs accommodating approximately 150 students in grades seven through 12.

Our Socratic learning environment allows our students to stand on their own two feet while developing critical thinking skills necessary to meet the unique challenges of a rapidly changing society and world. Our curriculum allows students the flexibility to take classes for fun, learn how to make mistakes, become confident pursuing their passions, and ultimately follow their hearts doing things they are drawn to, rather than plotting out preordained or controlled paths they have little or no control over.

At the Grauer School, we believe our students achieve more enduring outcomes by cultivating independent thinking faculties necessary for self-empowerment, which includes forming core values like personal motivation, freedom, and courage. Our innovative curriculum has resulted in many students matriculating to the nation’s finest colleges and universities. As an inclusive private school in San Diego committed to celebrating diversity in all forms, we welcome students of many cultural and social backgrounds throughout the United States and across the globe.

A visit here could easily change the way you see great education

An Inclusive Private School in San Diego

96% Acceptance rate to the

top two colleges of choice

176 Sister schools worldwide

(UNESCO Associated Schools)

41Countries students
have travelled to on expeditions

Top 10 Places to work in the U.S.

-Outside Magazine

70% Student body participation in team sports


The Grauer School, operated by the Grauer Foundation for Education, admits students, hires employees, and appoints/elects trustees of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students and employees at the school. Within its mission and normal programming, it does not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, genetic characteristics, race/national origin, religion, actual or perceived gender or sexual orientation in administration of its hiring policies, educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Grauer Events

Our Parent Association will be hosting our annual Roundtable discussion for our 12th grade class today. Faculty Leads: Dana Abplanalp-Diggs and Shelley Joslin
Our middle school cross country team will be running  with host school Cambride and ECDS at Canyon Side Park. Faculty Lead: Clayton Payne
All parents are invited to join the monthly Parent Association Meetings, held at 9:00am. 

Faculty Lead: Lindsay Zickler
Our Middle School Girls Volleyball team will be competing at San Diego French American School today. The Varsity game will be at 3:30pm, and the Junior Varsity game will be at 4:30pm. Faculty Lead: Erin Langen
Our Grauer School/Horizon Prep Varsity Volleyball team will be competing against Bonsall today. There is no JV game; the varsity game is scheduled to start at 4:00pm.
Our middle school flag football  team will be running against Cambridge Classical at Ridgewood Park today at 3:30pm . Faculty Lead: Nick Scacco
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We will be operating under an Even Friday schedule today.  Students will attend periods 2, 4, 6, and 5.

Our Parent Association will be hosting our annual Roundtable discussion for our 7th grade class today. Faculty Leads: Dana Abplanalp-Diggs and Shelley Joslin