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Welcome to The Grauer School!

As a premier independent 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 160 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 independent school 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

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An Inclusive Independent Private School in San Diego


Graduation Cap

96% Acceptance rate to the

top two colleges of choice

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176 Sister schools worldwide

(UNESCO Associated Schools)

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41Countries students
have travelled to on expeditions

Top 10

Top 10 Places to work in the U.S.

-Outside Magazine

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70% Student body participation in team sports


Grauer Events

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We will be operating under an Odd Friday schedule today. Students will attend periods 1, 3, 7, and 5.

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All parents are invited to join our 2024 Gala Planning Meetings. We will meet in the Board Room, in Meyer Hall from 9-10:30am. A light breakfast and coffee will be provided. 

Our annual Spring Gala will be held on-campus on Saturday, May 4, and we need your help! We welcome all parents to join us in planning the greatest Grauer celebration. We are looking for parents to help with decor, marketing, activities and auction. 

Staff/Faculty Lead: Lindsay Zickler
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All parents are invited to join the monthly Parent Association Meetings, held at 9:00am.

Faculty Lead: Lindsay Zickler
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We will be operating under an Even Friday schedule today.  Students will attend periods 2, 4, 6, and 5.