We inspire students to think beyond and turn concepts into action.
Our applied learning approach in each division emphasizes the "why" behind what students are learning. We believe a student’s education is far broader and richer than what is learned in the classroom - however, the formal aspects of the classroom compose the core from which a student’s education develops. Our dedicated educators teach essential skills in math, science, humanities, world languages, and the arts, then give students the opportunities to apply what they’ve learned to real-world problems.
Students have the freedom to ask questions, create new ideas, and think critically. Through year-long initiatives, cross-divisional collaborations, and work with community partners, students combine academic knowledge with soft skills that will prepare them to excel in the global marketplace.
Our small class sizes and faculty create a supportive environment for learning. Our students graduate ready for college and the world.
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Rabun Gap is making this shift because educational research and data reveal the need for academic institutions to be more nimble and developed for a high-paced and ever-changing digital global marketplace. The general educational model used in most schools actually dates back to the Industrial Age, and while this model was very productive during this time period, the reality of today is students need diversified learning spaces which challenge their ability to problem solve with empathy as they push for multiple solutions to any dilemma. Our curriculum is intentionally designed to place students in these spaces often so they can grow these skills alongside the essential content for any class. We firmly believe this will provide our students a leg-up in the competitive world of college acceptance and the job market.
Almost all colleges and universities are continuing to discuss the need for students to have soft skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, cultural competency, etc in order to be more appealing to potential employers as they graduate. Our applied learning model is actively preparing students academically, while enhancing their ability to develop these crucial skills in a safe and nurturing environment. We believe it is actually the best of both worlds for our students applying to college. Not only will our students have the academic acumen for college, but they will also now be prepared to engineer creative solutions to the most difficult of problems provided.
Working with community partners is a key part of the applied learning process. We love working with community organizations on projects that will enhance the education of our students. Please contact Steve Nowack at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are a community partner and want to get involved.
Our Applied Learning Director
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Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School is a private, coeducational day and boarding school for grades Pre-K through 12. Centrally located between Atlanta, GA, Greenville, SC, and Asheville, NC, we prepare young people for college, career, and a lifetime of leadership and service.