The Grauer School Creates Leaders by Fostering Academic and Character Growth

Dr. Stuart Grauer, founder of The Grauer School, discovered the secret to school success in 1991, after seventeen years of teaching kindergarten through post graduate classes in U.S. and international public and private schools settings. Grauer explained, “Many years of research have shown that in schools of 230 or fewer, there are significant gains in connectedness, academic achievement, and safety (physical and emotional).” At The Grauer School, Grauer capped enrollment at 150 for grades 7 through 12, and current parents and students immediately feel safe and connected as they enter campus. “Accreditors identified the special ingredient in our campus atmosphere as ‘love,’” said Elizabeth Braymen, the admissions director. In fact, according to 2013 survey data, nearly 100% of Grauer students like school because they feel teachers and administrators support them and respect their opinions. Braymen suggested, “Our music and STEM programs give teachers and students the forums they need to create this extraordinary level of connectedness.” Taryn, an alumni, expressed, “Thank you for fostering the kind of community that most schools only dream about.”

[pullquote align=”right”]Accreditors identified the special ingredient in our campus atmosphere as ‘love,’” – Elizabeth Braymen, Admissions Director[/pullquote]

Teachers at The Grauer School commit to creating graduates who will become humanitarian, ethical and exemplary leaders. Resourcefulness, compassion, self-advocacy, intellectual curiosity, perseverance and accountability are the core values emphasized as students complete real-world projects and participate in community service projects. Most students complete over 100 community service hours before graduating. Two alumni started non-profit organizations, and Nick, an alumni, revealed, “At The Grauer School, I have become exactly the person I want to be.”

Excellence is the norm at The Grauer School. Dr. Grauer recently published a book entitled Real Teachers: True Stories of Renegade Educators and created the Small Schools Coalition to provide a network for small schools and provide awareness of small school benefits. He also recently received the 2014 Alumni Career Achievement Award from the University of San Diego. Most Grauer teachers graduated from their collegiate programs with honors and currently demonstrate a commitment to humanitarian service and international or intercultural immersion experience. The recent Class of 2013 had an amazing 89% college application acceptance rate and collectively earned $6.8 million in merit-based scholarships. According to Braymen, the ultimate goal of The Grauer School is to offer the best college preparatory education via expeditionary and Socratic learning anywhere. Parents hoping to enroll their children in The Grauer School for the 2014-2015 academic year should apply quickly before the remaining openings disappear.


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Name of Business: The Grauer School
Founder: Dr. Stuart Grauer
Principal: Dana Abplanalp-Diggs
Years in Position: 22 Years
Year of Establishment: 1991
Address: 1500 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas CA, 92024
Email Contact:
Phone: 760- 274-2116
Description of School: The Grauer School is an independent, non-profit middle and high school (grades 7-12) accredited by WASC and is a member of CAIS. The Grauer School balances college preparatory education with expeditionary learning and Socratic teaching.