Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP)

Lead the Way with impact   

Sustainability and living green are gaining much attention today, but at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School these concepts have been standard practice for over 100 years.  Since its founding in the early 1900s, land stewardship has been part of the academic agenda and for generations students contributed practically to the 1400-acre working farm school.  

That philosophy has taken on a more explicit agenda in recent years through the Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP) – charging students with identifying and implementing more efficient resource consumption.  From composting cafeteria waste for school gardens to identifying and reducing the School’s carbon footprint through a range of alternative energy sources, including geothermal, wind, solar, and biofuels,  Rabun Gap students gain practical experience and scientific knowledge in a variety of sustainability projects.  

The School’s recycling center, located in what once served as a dairy barn, offers a great example of how Rabun Gap combines academic and practical disciplines to help students understand what it means to live a sustainable life.  Science classes rotate through the recycling barn, where students work sorting plastics, metal, and paper.  Plastics, metal, and cardboard are compacted for transport to a recycling center, while paper and food products are repurposed into enriched soil through the process of vermicomposting.  Profits from the recycling center fund other ESP projects such as rain barrels.

While embracing the Rabun Gap legacy of Work, the ESP incites a passion for sustainability and preserving our fertile land.

Santiago '16 (Mexico)

"Rabun Gap is something I will never forget.  It has given me confidence to participate in things I would never have tried.  The people in this community have taught me so much that will help me in the future."
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.