Welcome to the Fine and Performing Arts Department!

The Rabun Gap Fine and Performing Arts Department fosters maximum development of human creative potential by familiarizing students with fundamental principles of each art form through participation in the creative process, criticism, and history, thus providing the students with meaningful self-expression and cultural expression.  At Rabun Gap, students gain a greater appreciation for the arts as an important realm of human knowledge through direct experiences as audience and as creator.  We provide for the continuing growth and development of students through advanced level classes, cooperative endeavors, and extracurricular activities in all areas.

Why the Fine Arts are Important

The Arts make a contribution to education that reaches beyond their intrinsic value as direct forms of thinking. Because each arts discipline appeals to different senses and expresses itself through different media, each adds a special richness to the learning environment. As students imagine, create, and reflect, they are developing both verbal and nonverbal abilities necessary to school progress. At the same time, they are developing problem-solving abilities and higher-order thinking skills. Research points toward a consistent and positive correlation between a substantive education in the arts and student achievement in other subjects and on standardized tests. A comprehensive, articulated arts education program also engages students in a process that helps them develop the self-discipline, cooperation, and self-motivation necessary for self-esteem and success for life.

For information about the Arts Department at Rabun Gap, contact Department Chair Terri Manoogian at 706-746-7738.

Cameron '17 (Highlands, NC)

"By far, one of my favorite experiences here has been One Act.  Performing it is wonderful, but competing with it is the best part.  Not only does One Act channel my inner creativity, it also allows me to be constructively competitive with other schools."
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.