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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 of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students 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 educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Grauer Events

The High School ASB/Leadership class and the Advanced Music class will be collaborating to bring the Battle of the Bands back to our Grauer campus. Today's lunchtime concert will feature the top 8 bands from auditions; students will have the opportunity to vote to determine which bands will move on to the finals on March 3. Faculty Leads: Isaac Langen and Tom Hopper; Student Leads: Kevin M. and Case C.
Read More about Lunchtime Concert: Battle of the Bands, Noon
The Grauer School will host a Blood Drive for the San Diego Blood Bank on Grauer's campus from 9:00am to 2:30pm. 

The goal of the donation drive is to save lives and help our community ensure a safe blood supply. Students who are 17 or older (or 16 with parental consent) can earn 1 hour of community service for donating blood. Donors should be sure to bring photo ID, eat a good breakfast or lunch, and drink lots of liquids to be properly hydrated before they donate. Everyone is welcome!

To schedule an appointment, click here and choose a donation time: https://www.mysdbb.org/#/ScheduleAppointmentStep2/drive/50142
Read More about Blood Drive at The Grauer School