Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School offers a classical liberal arts curriculum and a wide array of cultural activities to our global community of learners. We instill a lifelong love of learning and inspire students to Lead The Way in their studies. 
At Rabun Gap, students are encouraged to follow their passions and stretch beyond their imagination. Research shows that when students try something new and go beyond their comfort zone, it fosters brain growth and personal development.

Our faculty are passionate about their subjects and dedicated to student success. They will challenge you, believe in you, and inspire you. Come to Rabun Gap, and you will be prepared for college and life.

At Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, we operate three separate divisions that often come together for cross-curricular learning opportunities. It's common to see our Lower School students reading with their Upper School Reading Buddy, a boarding student from across the world. Our Middle School students invite Upper School science classes to view their annual capstone projects. Community defines Rabun Gap, and it permeates into our classrooms for truly engaging and meaningful educational experiences. 

Our three academic divisions include:

Upper School

Grades 9-12

Middle School

Grades 6-8

The Evelyne Sheats Lower School

Grades Pre-K - 5
Contact our Admission Office at 706-746-7720 to schedule a campus visit and see how we do learning at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School!

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  • Fast Facts

    • Average class size is 12 students; maximum class size is 16.
    • We offer 16 Advanced Placement (AP) courses in all academic departments at the Upper School.
      • Over 30% of Upper School students take at least one AP class.
      • Last year, 247 AP Exams were taken by 101 students.
      • Over the past three years, more than 80% of our AP students earned a 3 or higher on their AP exams, potentially earning college credit prior to high school graduation.
    • Our diverse and talented faculty hail from across the country and globe.
      • More than 65% hold advanced degrees in their field of study.
      • More than 30% have been at Rabun Gap for more than 10 years.
    • Students benefit from extensive opportunities for experiential learning in laboratories, studios for music, art, and dance, and through both directed and independent research.
    • Faculty incorporate hands on research, cross disciplinary projects, and technology to enhance learning.
    • 100% of our graduates are accepted to college.
    • Rabun Gap is fully accredited through SAIS, SACS and NAIS.

What makes academics unique at Rabun Gap?

Hands-on Learning Experiences

At Rabun Gap, our students learn by doing. Our 1,400 acre campus provides a classroom without walls where experiential learning opportunities abound. Students help harvest honey from on-campus hives and study the effects of forest fires on surrounding mountain land. They build castles, launch rockets, write books, design toys, and cook recipes from around the world. Our faculty believes in taking learning beyond facts and figures to foster imaginative exploration in all subjects. 

Global Education

Rabun Gap truly is the world in one place. We teach students how to be global citizens who stretch beyond the familiar to understand other cultures and beliefs.  Students begin cultural and world language study in Lower School. Because we are a boarding school, students across divisions have the chance to interact with their peers and faculty members from 40+ countries and 15 states.  Read more about our unique global community here.

One-on-One Student Support

We want all of our students to be successful in the academic environment. Our dedicated student support faculty are always available to help students, whether it be grasping a difficult algebra concept or learning phonics-based reading techniques. In the Upper and Middle Schools, students attend tutorials weekly where they can meet one-on-one with teachers for extra help. The Teaching and Learning Center offers a Math Lab and quiet study space. We also offer additional academic support at the Lower School, led by our Orton-Gillingham trained instructor.  

Academic News

Our Academic Team

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Kim Buice, Upper School humanities teacher

"I regularly sit in the middle of a room full of teenagers who are engaging in respectful dialogue about potentially incendiary topics - conversations that I rarely see playing out respectfully in the 'real world.' That is what I love about Rabun Gap. This is a community that empowers teachers to ask difficult questions to classrooms of students who are learning to answer them." 
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.