The Junior Boarding Experience

Rabun Gap’s Junior Boarding program is small by design and carefully crafted to meet the unique needs of early adolescent boys and girls, providing students with a healthy balance of structure and independence during developmentally critical years. We are your home away from home, with many of us making our home here, too. The classroom community is extended through closer connections to one another on the field, on the stage, and at play into the evening hours and on the weekends.

What is Junior Boarding?

Students who are part of Rabun Gap’s junior boarding family are extremely well prepared for our upper school – academically, socially, and in specific skills necessary for success at the next level such as, time-management, self-advocacy, and independence. They move up to 9th grade comfortable with the pace of boarding school life, ready to meet new people and explore new opportunities, and with an ability to focus on their future.
  • Committed, dynamic, energetic faculty who have chosen to work in a middle school boarding setting
  • Faculty who possess expertise in specific academic and enrichment areas
  • Unparalleled academic and extracurricular enrichment programs
  • Just the right level of academic challenge and support
  • The right balance of structure and independence in preparation for the secondary level.
  • A nurturing and challenging atmosphere specifically geared to 12-14 year olds
  • Opportunity to grow in a safe, nurturing environment
  • Cosmopolitan student body and faculty: global communities
  • An emphasis on character development, honor and ethical citizenship
  • Academic and social preparedness for secondary school while through nurturing the process of adolescence
  • A family-like lifestyle – we are your home-away-from-home
  • Age-appropriate engagement in activities – supportive, structured and organized to encourage exploration in a safe environment
  • Service learning and outreach
  • A commitment to working closely with parents
  • Strong advisory and counseling programs
  • Excellent preparation for the next level, where students can focus on putting their best foot forward for college.
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.