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“The Grauer School is an incubator for imaginative, independent minds.
It knows the art of enchanting students with the joys of learning.”
—DK, Friend of The Grauer School

Independent School Redefined: A Mission of Balance

We redefine what a private school looks and feels like. As one of San Diego’s best college prep schools, The Grauer School’s purpose is unique but simple – to teach and encourage students to become resourceful, intellectually curious and intrinsically motivated, perseverant, self-advocating, and accountable in a compassionate, college preparatory environment.

Teach and Encourage

Our learning model fosters nurturing relationships between teachers and students. With a best-in-the-area student to teacher ratio of 7:1, teachers know each student’s personality, learning style, strengths, weaknesses and academic objectives.

Students get the support and connection they need, and their input is crucial in setting and achieving academic goals that allow them to distinguish themselves in a way that commands the attention of college admissions officers. Lifetime bonds form.

“In my life, I have never felt more supported and connected.”
—EH, Grauer Alumnus


Grauer Core Values

The Grauer School advocates six Core Values which we believe are integral to developing well-rounded students who are purposeful, confident global citizens. Each of these core values is of equal importance, and together they give a balance to everything that students accomplish during their time at Grauer. What’s more, they provide a compass for life.


Intrinsically Motivated Students

In a world that often seems to put “standards” before personal development, and to put institutional needs above human needs, Grauer keeps the focus on the individual student. Our students achieve and are valued because they are developing personal passions. After a highly personal search process done with Grauer's college counseling team, all of our students who desire to do so move on to colleges of choice. However, Grauer does not want its students to achieve so as to get high GPAs, high scores, or high college ranks. Grauer students seek larger purposes, and they are consistently encouraged to find what the world needs of them.

Vision Statement

Our students will find learning exciting, personal, and inspiring for life!

Read the testimonials from our parents, students, educators, and Alumni!