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Frequently Asked Questions

List of 12 frequently asked questions.

  • Q How can I possibly afford to send my child to boarding school?

    Rabun Gap offers financial aid and scholarships to over 75% of our student body.  We encourage all families to apply regardless of whether you only need a little help or you need considerable assistance to bridge the gap between tuition and what they can afford. 
  • Q
    What after school activities are offered outside of the sports program? 

    A variety of activities are offered each of three seasons.  You may participate in a different activity each season, but must be engaged in a sport or activity after school.  Below is a list of activities that are commonly offered.

    Fine ArtsOther
    Technical Theater
    Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP)
    Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math (STEAM)
  • Q
    How will I keep in touch with how my child is doing? 

    Your child’s advisor is your first point of contact at Rabun Gap.  They will have a complete understanding of all aspects of your child’s Rabun Gap experience and can facilitate outreach to other campus faculty and staff.  You will receive school correspondence through email as well as our password-protected school portal.
  • Q
    What do boarding students do during the major holidays? 

    The campus closes completely for the three major academic holidays:  Thanksgiving in November for 10 days, Christmas in December for 3 weeks, and Spring Break in March for 2 weeks. 

    During shorter breaks such as Easter Break and Fall Break, the campus remains open and all boarding students are welcome to remain on campus. 
  • Q How do we manage the college application process from so far away?

    Don’t worry!  We have an experienced college counseling staff that will work closely with your child throughout the process.  We believe planning for college begins in grade 9 with a four year academic plan, which is reviewed and revised each academic year.  You’ll receive email updates of events in college counseling as well as access to Naviance, a college application management portal you and your child share. 
  • Q
    Do you provide transportation to and from an airport? 

    Yes, we provide bus transportation to and from the Atlanta Hartsfield Airport on specific travel days.  The cost of the shuttle is approximately $40 each way. 
  • Q
    What do you do in Advisory groups? 

    Our advisory program serves to connect the student with their whole understanding of self.  We assign small groups of students to upper school faculty members.  This advisor is the primary school contact for parents. For students, the advisor is the personal connection to and support for their entire Rabun Gap experience.  Advisory groups meet weekly and tackle issues such as identity, connectivity with others, diversity and inclusion, as well as many other core areas of personal growth for upper school students. 
  • Q What sports do you offer?

    Football boys
    Soccer boys JV/V
    Volleyball girls JV/V
    Tennis girls V
    Cross Country co-ed

    Basketball boys JV/V
    Basketball girls JV/V
    Wrestling boys V
    Swimming co-ed

    Baseball boys JV/V
    Tennis boys V
    Softball girls V
    Soccer girls JV/V
    Track co-ed
    Golf co-ed

    An after school activity is required for all upper school students. There are a variety of activities available outside of sports. 
  • Q What do students do on the weekends?

    In addition to weekly trips to the supermarket, WalMart, local restaurants, Starbucks and the movie theater, many trips and activities are planned for our boarding students every weekend.  These activities may include trips to the Mall of Georgia, Six Flags Amusement Park, video arcades, a paintball course, sporting or theater events in nearby Atlanta or Asheville, or outdoor activities such as camping or kayaking, just to name a few.  In general, the costs involved in these activities are covered in the tuition.  If interested, students simply need to sign up.  On campus, students enjoy use of the full exercise room, gym facilities, campus grill, and all of our athletic fields. Students also enjoy roasting s'mores with their friends around the fire pit at night, playing flag football or dodgeball, or exploring our 1500-­acre campus which includes a lake, hills, woods, fields, a putting green, and climbing towers.  And yes, students are welcome to just sleep in and enjoy a late brunch and a cozy day watching television on the sofa in the dorm if they like as well! 
  • Q
    How can I arrange taking the SAT and ACT for my college applications? 

    The SAT and ACT are both offered on the Rabun Gap campus, and the Department of College Counseling will arrange for students to take the exams they require. 
  • Q
    What is the purpose of Tutorials? 

    Teachers use tutorials to help young learners gain extra confidence and ability in a subject of difficulty. We also utilize this time to support our athletes that travel for games.  This is a great time to make up lessons or finish work early. 
  • Q
    How much homework should I expect per night? 

    Most nights, you can expect about two to four hours of homework each evening.  Some of this work can be done in tutorial time, free period and/or study hall in the evening. 
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.