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Grauer, The

Private | 6-12 | 150 students


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Posted November 8, 2012

I'm a new student at the Grauer School and I've never been to a school where kids love it so much. The teachers are really awesome and the community is really close.

Posted February 2, 2012

We are in our third year at this magnificent school, and could not be happier. I have two students enrolled at Grauer, and have seen them both grow in ways that I could never have imagined. I am a solid believer in the small school movement, and see the benefits day in and out. Both of my children have forged close relationships with all of their teachers and fellow students, and feel respected and supported at every level. I've been extremely impressed with the amount of critical thinking that goes into each and every academic assignment, and they're both still in middle school. I can't wait to see what high school brings!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 24, 2011

It's a compassionate, college prep environment where people are real. I love teaching here, love our kids, and love being a part of this school community.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted June 2, 2010

Both of my sons attend The Grauer School and we couldn't be happier! The teachers and staff are amazing. Not only are my children getting a fabulous education that will prepare them for anything that they want to do in life, they are also learning compassion, tolerance, environmental awareness, community mindedness, and how to be great overall people.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 2, 2010

Finding The Grauer School has been one of the best things I've done for my daughter. It was such an inspiring choice that we opted to move across the country to allow our daughter the opportunity to attend this magical, magnificent school. This her first year at Grauer and not only has the school exceeded our expectations, but we also were pleased to experience that our whole family became a part of the Grauer Community. Our daughter is thriving, she is learning & growing far beyond peers her age and she is becoming a citizen of not just of her school, but of the world . Grauer is a special place that honors each child's unique gifts, challenges them to be their best in all areas of their life and provides them a strong foundation and tools for life. What a gift to give our child!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 16, 2010

My son had a fever the first two days of finals and had to stay home. The way the teachers at Grauer effortlessly accommodated his revised finals schedule was nothing short of amazing. I cannot tell you what it means to have so much support and understanding. It really warms my heart to see my son grow up in a community that shows him so much kindness and respect and takes into account his emotional well-being as much as his academic success. Thank you, thank you! You guys are THE BEST!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 27, 2009

I have two children with very different temperaments at the Grauer School. They both love it there and I can say in all honesty that they are both thriving. My 'anti-social' one has friends and is involved in quite a few after school activities and my 'klutz' played a new sport in 8th grade that she had never tried before. She was on the school team. Anyone who has or remembers that age (for girls) will understand how remarkable this is. Grauer really and truly encourages its students to try new things, to be comfortable with themselves and to respect others' individuality.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 7, 2009

To actually get to teach human beings a curriculum rather than process masses of clones trough a battery of tests is a remarkable experience. The research doesn't lie, the smaller the class, the better the opportunity to learn.
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Posted December 5, 2009

My daughter has excelled beyond my expectations! She is truely excited about going to school and is involved in many extra activities that will help her grow as a student. She loves all of her teachers and is looking forward to attending college next year. The entire staff is very progressive and really cares about the students success!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 11, 2009

I now have both my children at Grauer and they both love going to school each and every day. They also love their teachers and fellow students. On top of all of this they are both excelling academically and their standardized test scores have shown them to be well ahead of their contemporaries nationwide. I am very confident that they both are on track to get into the college of their choice.
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Posted October 29, 2009

I went to this school and did not learn much. I loved the small classes but I wish it would have prepared me for college.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 7, 2009

When my child first started at Grauer he stated that he was finally with kids who wanted to learn. I am not sure what reviewers definition of rigorous is but if it means cramming as many AP classes you can into your high school experience, then Grauer is not for you. Grauer is for you if you: want to try new things and challenge yourself, take your studies seriously, and want to be taken seriously by faculty and administration. Not one school is going to be perfect for all students and you have to see what is best for you individual child's interest. My child insisted on Grauer and we do what we can to send him there.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 21, 2009

Our experience has been first rate. Teachers are very engaged in our student s progress. The school leadership is compassionate. The overriding notion of creating a safe environment to learn is felt everywhere. There is a strong sense of unity across the grades- when our son had a broken arm, students of all grade levels pitched in to help him. Academic discipline is high, and test scores seem to be improving more than the corresponding grade level, each year we have attended.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 11, 2009

There are times over the last threes years that I have asked my daughter if she would like to look at other schools, esp. when she was entering high school. She has said, 'No Way!' She loves the school for many reasons, but the teachers make it the number one reason she wants to stay at Grauer.
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Posted June 8, 2009

Our son has been at Grauer for 3 years and we couldn't be happier. He has actually thanked us more than once for sending him to school there. He knows all his teachers and they know him. He feels comfortable asking any question of any teacher and they go out of their way to make themselves available to the students. The school has also given him a level of self motivation that I never expected out of a middle schooler.
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Posted June 5, 2009

What's heartening about this school is the deep, multi-dimensional approach it takes: in addition to producing extremely high test score gains and college acceptances, this school focuses equally on development in the arts, athletics, service, and technology. Students develop real leadership. They have access to it all!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 5, 2009

we have been at The Grauer School for 5 years now and both of our children are excelling beyond our imagination. They are recognized and appreciated for their individuality and well as being taught how to communicate their thoughts and feelings. The school provides a unique opportunity to students to expand their horizons.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 3, 2009

The curriculum at The Grauer School is rigorous, in fact, two students won first place at this year's California State Science Fair. But, The Grauer School isn't just about academics. My son loves all of his teachers and has a wonderful rapport with them. The small class size, great teacher and staff communication and wonderful electives are just some of the things that make The Grauer School great!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 29, 2009

I couldn't have chosen a better school for our son. Teachers who care about the kids, great academics and a positive school environment. What could be better? There are so many different after school activities to try and the school adds more when the students ask. The class size ratio is amazing, my son has 3 kids in his French class, with so much individual attention he is sailing through the course. We would never find that in a public school or the other private schools around. A fantastic school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 17, 2009

I am a student at The Grauer School and I love it here! I have finally be at peace with my fellow students and teachers. It is like we are one big family!
—Submitted by a student

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 83% 26%
Asian or Pacific Islander 10% 11%
Hispanic 3% 52%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Black 1% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1500 South El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA 92024
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