Our community nurtures and challenges students from diverse backgrounds as they prepare for college and a lifetime of service.

Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School combines its strong academic program, mountain setting, and Presbyterian heritage to inspire young people eager to learn and grow.

We are an independent, co-educational boarding and day school for students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Founded in 1903, Rabun Gap continues a legacy of Work Study Worship and brings culture and community to the Northeast Georgia mountains.

A Rabun Gap education can be a reality for all families through the school’s commitment to affordability. More than 75% of students receive financial aid and merit scholarships. Rabun Gap values diversity in all forms and offers students an opportunity to grow and learn in a community reflective of their future.

Committed to academic and institutional success, Rabun Gap maintains full accreditation through TABS, NAIS, SAIS and SACS.

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  • Quick Facts

    • Founded in 1903, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School serves students in Pre-K through 12th grade. We are one of the premier independent boarding and day schools in the country.
    • Rabun Gap students have a 100% college acceptance rate and placement includes the nation's most selective institutions including Harvard, Princeton, Duke, Brown, and Emory as well as highly regarded colleges and universities both domestic and abroad.
    • The faculty to student ratio is 12:1 with 85% of faculty residing on campus. Most faculty have advanced degrees.
    • The campus is located on 1,400 acres and includes many environmental and outdoor education opportunities, including environmental stewardship programs (ESP).
    • Rabun Gap has a highly acclaimed arts and theater program including a full orchestra, choral program, and one of the longest running high school Cirque programs in the nation.
    • The athletic program includes 28 varsity and middle school competitive sports teams with accolades at the conference and state levels.
  • Our Size

    Rabun Gap has an enrollment of  600 boarding and day students across our Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools. There are approximately 140 students at the Lower School (Pre-K through 5th Grade), 110 students at the Middle School (Grades 6-8), and 350 at the Upper School (Grades 9-12).

    We are primarily a boarding school, with more than half of our Upper School students living on campus as boarding students. Our boarding students live and learn among day students from Northeast Georgia, Western North Carolina, and Upstate South Carolina.
  • Our Campus

    Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School is located on 1,400 acres in the beautiful Northeast Georgia mountains. Our campus is centrally located two hours from Atlanta, GA, Asheville, NC, and Greenville, SC.  Learn more about the area and visiting us here.
  • Our Global Community

    Students and faculty from across the globe come to Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School. Our student populations represent 45+ different countries and 15 states. Learn more about our diverse community here.


A call to action and excellence, Lead the Way challenges the Rabun Gap community to achieve its highest standards in all things. At Rabun Gap, students experience a nurturing and supportive environment that offers many opportunities to try new things, develop and enhance talent, and put forth their very best effort in all that they do.

Lead the Way is about pursuing one's personal best in achievement and character, and also, it is about being a member of a community that actively supports and encourages the same pursuit for others.

Rabun Gap students Lead the Way with:

  • 100% college placement including admission to the nation's most selective colleges and universities (with alumni currently enrolled at Harvard, Middlebury, U.S. Naval Academy, West Point, Emory, Georgia Tech, Davidson, University of Virginia, Sewanee, UNC-Chapel Hill, Rhodes, William and Mary, and many other fine institutions),
  • a nationally recognized Cirque program, full orchestra, and award winning drama department,
  • athletic conference championships and state contenders, 28 competitive sports teams, and notable college athletic scholarships to Division I and Division II institutions,
  • community service programs that enhance our local community and beyond, including international and domestic efforts,
  • award winning Model UN and Academic Team programs supported by a talented faculty,
  • nationally recognized partnerships with area colleges and agencies supporting environmental research in preservation and alternative energy,
  • cultural awareness and competency that comes from having over 400 classmates from 40+ countries and 15+ states,
  • character and integrity as exemplified in the school's chapel program, honor code, and prefect system,
  • an unparalleled commitment to affordability with over 70% of students receiving financial aid and tuition assistance,

Dawn Armfield, parent of Jim ’13 and Anna ’17 (Franklin, NC)

“A Rabun Gap education is something the whole family can feel good about.”
Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School is a private, coeducational day and boarding school for grades Pre-K through 12, located in Rabun Gap, GA. Centrally located between Atlanta, GA, Greenville, SC, and Asheville, NC, we combine our strong academic program, mountain setting, and Presbyterian heritage to inspire young people who are eager to learn and grow.

Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School does not discriminate regardless of race, color, religion, gender, disability, creed, or national origin.