At the Niles Bolton Middle School, students in grades 6-8 chart their course in an environment of self-discovery and growth. 
The Niles Bolton Middle School at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School is a unique community where  adolescents are cherished, valued, challenged and inspired.

Our small, tight-knit community of around 100 students keeps class sizes small and promotes caring relationships between students and faculty. The entire student body gathers weekly for chapel and regularly for all-school events and activities. Lunch is served family-style each day, and students have the responsibility of serving, setting tables, and cleaning up. In today’s technological age, we teach soft skills and values that students will carry with them for life.

The college-preparatory curriculum includes classes in humanities, world languages, and science with a variety of fine arts and physical education electives. Students work one-on-one with teachers during tutorial times. Our Middle School program helps prepare young people to be bright citizens  and successful Upper School scholars.

The Niles Bolton Middle School Complex resides in a separate building on 13 dedicated acres -- complete with a stream for outdoor exploration.  Students not only benefit from the fresh mountain air and pastoral beauty, but they are also allowed the freedom to grow and gain their independence in a safe and middle school-centered environment.
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What makes our Middle School program unique?

Engaged Learning Environment

At the Middle School, students learn by doing. You’ll find students launching rockets in science class, building simple machines in math, and crafting medieval armor while learning about the Dark Ages in history. Each year students hold capstone seminars open to the community. In addition to their work in the classroom, students are hands-on in the community, participating in service-learning projects including assisting a local children’s home. 

Exploring New Possibilities 

Our inquisitive Middle Schoolers are inspired to ask deep questions and think critically about problems. The design thinking model is incorporated into our curriculum and Middle School STEAM program. Students have control of their own learning and are encouraged to explore and experiment with the world around them. Enrichment class offerings in student media, chapel team, and environmental sustainability help students explore their interests and callings to service. There’s also opportunity for travel study trips to Washington D.C., Chattanooga, Tn, the Florida Keys, and California. We believe learning has no boundaries.

Collaborative Community 

The Niles Bolton Middle School is a unique learning community. Because of our small size, students have opportunities to collaborate with their teachers and peers. The advisory program deepens relationships between faculty and their students. Tutorials are held weekly where students can work one-on-one with teachers in classes where they need support. The Middle School also organizes a school-wide “house” system grouping students in varied grades together to encourage working together.

Middle School News

Middle School Academic Team

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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.