A great education is an expedition, and The Grauer School was founded on a philosophy of “expeditionary learning.” We are members of the Association of Experiential Education, an international organization that provides resources for outdoor and adventure education, environmental education, youth recreation, and experiential education.
Did you know that independent education is the oldest and longest standing form of education in our country? Students from independent schools outperform students in other schools in virtually all areas, from college placements to happiness. The Grauer School is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Membership gives our staff, board, and families access to the latest ideas, contacts, and research that contributes towards both high performance and best practice governance at Grauer. Our own Dr. Stuart Grauer has been a regular contributor to NAIS’s leading publication, Independent Schools Magazine, as well as a conference presenter and thought leader.
The OESIS (Online Education Strategies for Independent Schools) Network is a faculty-focused innovation network of 600 independent schools and thousands of teachers. Their mission is to catalyze change in the learning models of schools with an emphasis on the innovative practices in pedagogy, curriculum development, 21st-century assessment and school culture change.
For close to a decade, The Grauer School has hosted and advanced The Small Schools Coalition. We are doing our part to provide school leaders, districts, boards, and school designers with breaking data on the benefits of small schools. In fact, several school consolidations have been prevented through the use of our data and research.
Rich data supports the fact that smaller schools are not “less” by virtue of their size. In fact, they are shown to provide higher levels of student/teacher/parent connectedness, greater desire to stay in school, higher achievement test scores, higher graduation rates, greater engagement in classes, and so much more. Small schools rock!
SoCal People of Color in Independent Schools (SoCal POCIS) gives professionals in education the resources to foster a more open, welcoming culture utilizing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) initiatives to create positive change and address unconscious bias. They provide member schools throughout Southern California, including The Grauer School, with:
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion workshops and speaker events
Networking opportunities amongst independent school administrators and educators
Jobs board to attract and recruit diverse talent
Diverse curriculum recommendations for BIPOC students, parents, and faculty
In 2010, The Grauer School was extremely honored to be named as a UNESCO Affiliate School. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that contributes to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through education, science and culture in order to further universal respect for justice, the rule of law and human rights. UNESCO’s mission includes reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and attaining quality education for all. As a UNESCO school, Grauer has a network of 176 partner schools around the world.
The Grauer School is accredited by The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). WASC is one of six official academic bodies responsible for the accreditation of public and private universities, colleges, secondary and elementary schools in the United States and foreign institutions of American origin.
WASC accreditation is a school improvement process and therefore is a process that serves as the foundation for quality education. The Grauer School has been continually, fully accredited since 1992. In addition, Dr. Stuart Grauer has chaired many accreditations, for schools all over the west. Grauer faculty members also give generously of their time as WASC volunteers at school accreditations.