"Rabun Gap is special because of the students. I love that in my choir, for example, there are kids from Missouri, Rwanda, China, England, the Caribbean, North Carolina, Nigeria, Vietnam.. and yet they all get along seamlessly and sing so beautifully together. It’s amazing to witness not only the power of music bringing people together but the power of Rabun Gap’s mission at work."
"Rabun Gap is special because of the community and genuine love. I can honestly say that I know people care so much there and want to see students grow and succeed. I also think boarding school brought a special dynamic because friends became sisters and brothers as we were doing life together!"
"When I visited the campus for my interview, I fell in love with the student body. I had never been at a school where the students were so diverse, lively, caring, and eager to learn. As someone who teaches religious studies, I was excited at the prospect of teaching a class with so many different perspectives and backgrounds represented."
Mateo Diaz Gutierrez ‘22, a boarding student from Chile, is a major contributor to our boys soccer program and helped lead the team to their second-straight CAA Championship and NCISAA playoff appearance.
"The Rabun Gap experience is so special to me because it has had such a huge impact on making me a better person. It has exposed me to so many new opportunities and continues to create beautiful, lasting bonds with people and my surroundings."
“My coaching philosophy is to mentor and develop talent. I fine-tune the details to win games and improve performance, but ultimately I strive to model integrity, faith, and accountability in order to influence these young men.”
“Middle schoolers are at a special time in their lives. They are discovering themselves and the world and asking lots of questions. They are old enough to engage in meaningful conversations and be change-makers in the world, yet still young enough to engage in play and creativity. I love being there to watch that transformation happen and play such an essential role in helping to mold them.”
“I became friends with people from all different walks of life. Different cultures, languages, religions...I had friends that didn’t have the ‘typical’ parents or life like I had. It taught me to be more open-minded.”
“I love to watch their spontaneous reaction in accomplishing a new challenge, like learning a new song or a skill. It is very rewarding for a teacher to see a young student’s enthusiasm, eagerness to improve, and to watch their progress” - Ms. Agata Potter, Lower School music instructor
"Without a doubt the students make Rabun Gap special. This school wouldn’t be what it is without them. The uniqueness they all bring is unlike any other school I have been a part of. Seeing students from across the world be friends and work together to create amazing performances and projects, despite backgrounds, religions, etc. gives me faith in our future generation. I learn from and am inspired by the students every day."
"Rabun Gap had a huge impact on my life. The kinds of people I was blessed to meet and build relationships with, staff members and students alike, gave me the confidence and solid support system I needed to face the world outside. It was really a home away from home for me. Still is."
"Being a student-athlete anywhere is hard but Rabun Gap makes it a lot easier. The teachers and staff make it so much easier to be a student and an athlete because they all care. They always check up to see if we’re doing well in all of our classes and if we fall behind they always find a way to get help."
"Every day when I’m driving to work I can’t believe I work at Rabun Gap. I can truly say I have never worked with such a great group of people and I have prayed to find a place that needed me as much as I needed them. Rabun Gap is like a family and everyone helps out whenever you need them and they make you feel so special."
"Hands down, my favorite memories of working at this school are of that terrifying moment where you hand a show off to the students and then step away to let them be in charge. There is an element of watching birds leap from a nest and just hoping against hope that they figure out how to flap their wings. As a director, it is an awful moment of nervous anxiety, as you watch helpless and out of control. As a teacher, it is one of my favorite moments; watching all of these new artists work together to make things happen all on their own."
Hiro Shimizu '87, who was an international boarding student during his time at Rabun Gap, shares about his life at Rabun Gap and beyond.
"Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School meant so much to me and gave me a lot. I personally learned US culture and the American lifestyle at the school. I accordingly made successful employment with US-based corporations such as Microsoft and Adobe, top leading software companies in the world."
"I like watching the excitement in kids. I love teaching them and seeing how happy active learning makes them. I love when kids come back years after teaching them and they tell you how much they loved you and the good memories they have with you. I love when parents reach out and tell you that you were the difference their child needed and that you fighting for them was life changing. Being a part of others lives, helping families, and building relationships is the best part of being an elementary teacher."
"I teach AP Literature to seniors here. In each section of this class, there are at least five countries represented by my students. There are students from near and far in the United States. Among all of them, there is a wide span of political beliefs and personal ideologies. Despite that, we are able to delve into highly sensitive topics regarding race, gender, violence, colonialism, patriotism, and more. This is a community that empowers teachers to ask difficult questions to classrooms of students who are learning to answer them."
"The community makes Rabun Gap special; I always had a sense of family and community even though I was thousands of miles away from home. From the faculty to the students, to the families that opened up their hearts and homes, my entire experience at Rabun Gap felt like home."
"Being so far from what you have called home for so long is definitely not easy. However, boarding at Rabun Gap is definitely worth all the challenges that the process of boarding brings with it. Those obstacles not only helped me explore parts of myself that I was never aware of, but also helped me bond with the people I call my second family now."
“Rabun Gap is special. Through the years this school has attracted a number of people who seem called to do what they are doing here.This is a beautiful place, filled with good people who share that calling to teach whether that teaching be in the classroom, the fields and courts, the dorms -- any of the places where we get the chance to touch lives and try to help them be better. I like being a part of that team.”
"Rabun Gap is an oasis in a traumatic world. The school gives students a chance to learn and explore in an environment of beauty and serenity. It instilled the kind of Christian values that continue to guide my life."
"I love the energy the students bring and their excitement and desire to learn. I am able to share knowledge with them and expose them to new or different ideas, be there to support them in their life celebrations and even in challenging times...and vice versa. Learning takes place in all shapes, forms, and sizes - everywhere and anywhere!"
"My favorite thing about the Lower School is how nice, caring, happy, and patient the teachers are. I like that the teachers challenge me to think and learn, but make it fun and interesting at the same time."
"All around me at Rabun Gap I see great friendships developing and I see students constantly trying to help one another. I also love the fact that there is a strong feeling of trust on campus and that students can leave their backpacks in any location and they feel confident that it will be exactly as they left it when they return."
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.