Website: www.rabungap.org
Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School began as two schools: "Nacoochee Institute" and "Rabun Gap Industrial School."

Established in 1903 in White County, Georgia, the Institute's early leaders were Reverend Joel Wade, a Presbyterian educational missionary, and the Reverend John Knox Coit who became head of the school and helped to develop a liberal arts curriculum.

In 1905, Andrew Jackson Ritchie and his wife, Addie Corn Ritchie, established the Rabun Gap Industrial School in Rabun County, Georgia, to help educate and give hope to the isolated people of the region. Students not only attended classes; they also worked the school farm, growing and preparing all their food and maintaining the school's buildings, including their dormitories.

In the winter of 1926, a fire destroyed the Industrial School main building. Shortly after, a fire struck the Nacoochee Institute in White County, which was also a farm school for the boys and girls of the mountain region and was owned and supported by the Presbyterian Synod. Soon thereafter, the Boards of Trustees of the two schools voted to merge and build one larger and stronger school to be known as Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School.                    

Since that time, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School has prospered. In its early years, Dr. Ritchie's Farm Family program drew the attention and support of philanthropists such as John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, and George Woodruff, as well as the Presbyterian Church. The School's history includes a junior college and the original home of the internationally famous Foxfire Book series, which celebrates and preserves the culture of the Southern Appalachian region.

As Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School has evolved into one of America's premier independent boarding and day schools, its history and heritage continue to inspire young people today. Now in its second century of service, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School is prospering thanks to the dedication and vision of its founders and the solid foundation they built more than 100 years ago.

A call to action and excellence, Lead the Way challenges the Rabun Gap community to achieve its highest standards in all things. At Rabun Gap, students experience a nurturing and supportive environment that offers many opportunities to try new things, develop and enhance talent, and put forth their very best effort in all that they do.

Lead the Way is about pursuing one's personal best in achievement and character, and also, it is about being a member of a community that actively supports and encourages the same pursuit for others.

Website: www.rabungap.org
Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School began as two schools: "Nacoochee Institute" and "Rabun Gap Industrial School."

Established in 1903 in White County, Georgia, the Institute's early leaders were Reverend Joel Wade, a Presbyterian educational missionary, and the Reverend John Knox Coit who became head of the school and helped to develop a liberal arts curriculum.

In 1905, Andrew Jackson Ritchie and his wife, Addie Corn Ritchie, established the Rabun Gap Industrial School in Rabun County, Georgia, to help educate and give hope to the isolated people of the region. Students not only attended classes; they also worked the school farm, growing and preparing all their food and maintaining the school's buildings, including their dormitories.

In the winter of 1926, a fire destroyed the Industrial School main building. Shortly after, a fire struck the Nacoochee Institute in White County, which was also a farm school for the boys and girls of the mountain region and was owned and supported by the Presbyterian Synod. Soon thereafter, the Boards of Trustees of the two schools voted to merge and build one larger and stronger school to be known as Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School.                    

Since that time, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School has prospered. In its early years, Dr. Ritchie's Farm Family program drew the attention and support of philanthropists such as John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, and George Woodruff, as well as the Presbyterian Church. The School's history includes a junior college and the original home of the internationally famous Foxfire Book series, which celebrates and preserves the culture of the Southern Appalachian region.

As Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School has evolved into one of America's premier independent boarding and day schools, its history and heritage continue to inspire young people today. Now in its second century of service, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School is prospering thanks to the dedication and vision of its founders and the solid foundation they built more than 100 years ago.

A call to action and excellence, Lead the Way challenges the Rabun Gap community to achieve its highest standards in all things. At Rabun Gap, students experience a nurturing and supportive environment that offers many opportunities to try new things, develop and enhance talent, and put forth their very best effort in all that they do.

Lead the Way is about pursuing one's personal best in achievement and character, and also, it is about being a member of a community that actively supports and encourages the same pursuit for others.

Facts

Rabun Gap students Lead the Way with:

100% college placement including admission to the nation's most selective colleges and universities (with alumni currently enrolled at Harvard, Middlebury, U.S. Naval Academy, West Point, Emory, Georgia Tech, Davidson, University of Virginia, Sewanee, UNC-Chapel Hill, Rhodes, William and Mary, and many other fine institutions),

  • a nationally recognized Cirque program, full orchestra, and award winning drama department,
  • athletic conference championships, 28 competitive sports teams, and notable college athletic scholarships to Division 1 and Division II institutions,
  • community service programs that enhance our local community and beyond including international and domestic efforts,
  • award winning Model UN and Academic Team programs supported by a talented faculty,
  • nationally recognized partnerships with area colleges and agencies supporting environmental research in preservation and alternative energy,
  • cultural awareness and competency that comes from having 400 classmates from 20 countries and 15 states,
  • character and integrity as exemplified in the school's chapel program, honor code, and prefect system,
  • an unparalleled commitment to providing access to education through financial aid and tuition assistance,
  • ...and with many other examples of SUCCESS!

Like most independent schools, the Rabun Gap Upper School (grades 9-12) faculty and staff provide a strong college-preparatory curriculum designed to foster curiosity and life-long learning. But unlike most, we do so in an environment that is uniquely friendly and active. Walk the corridors of Hodgson Hall on any given day and you are likely to encounter a lively scene. Here, our students move from class to class, exchanging enthusiasm for what they have learned and the opportunities they have received as students at Rabun Gap. Move into any classroom and you will find teachers actively committed to the success of each child.

In Mr. Lomuscio's Algebra III class, students are likely to be using original algorithms to calculate the number of bricks used to build the school's library or to estimate the distance between the cupola atop Hodgson Hall and the peak of a distant mountain.

Down the hall, in Mr Jump's ninth grade Ancient and Medieval World History course, you might find the class engaged in a debate about how the Egyptian pyramids were constructed or, dressed in Athenian attire, recreating the ancient Athenian Assembly.

Across the courtyard, in the Morris Brown Science Building, students conduct more than 15 hands-on labs per year in every course. Science faculty make good use of the school's expansive campus, frequently taking students out to gather data on soil and water quality, biodiversity in campus streams and forests, and the viability of various rare species of plants.

Rabun Gap students are engaged by knowledgable faculty, and encouraged to be active participants in their learning as they build knowledge together to prepare for college and life. They find a welcoming spirit at Rabun Gap that is free of typical socio-economic and/or ethnic divisions common in most high schools. Students work hard and support each other as they face the challenges of a rigorous curriculum, and thrive in an environment where it's "cool" to be smart and not-so-cool to be unprepared. In short, Rabun Gap is different and we are committed to maintaining the elements that distinguish us among our peers.

Academics

Academics

What makes Rabun Gap's academic program unique? As a college-preparatory school, we offer an educational program designed to both challenge and nurture each student. We encourage natural curiosity and, by example, we demonstrate that discovery and learning are life-long pursuits. Private, independent schools are well-known for their academic excellence with life-changing effects of attending school in a residential setting. Our private boarding and day school has small classes taught by a faculty committed to serving the needs of every student and eager to prepare the next generation for the challenges ahead.

Fast Facts:

  • We are an independent, co-educational, college-preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 5-12.
  • Our academic program offers a classical liberal arts curriculum and a wide array of cultural activities on and off campus.
  • Students benefit from extensive opportunities for experiential learning in laboratories, studios for music, art, and dance, directed and independent research.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered in all academic departments.
  • Faculty incorporate hands on research, cross disciplinary projects, and technology to enhance learning.
  • Our faculty community values small classes and working both in and outside the classroom with students. Rabun Gap is fully accredited through SACS and NAIS.

Arts Department

Arts Department

Welcome to the Fine and Performing Arts Department!

The Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School 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, we strive to give students 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.

Athletics

Athletics at Rabun Gap

The purpose of the Athletic program at Rabun Gap is both educational and recreational with the ultimate goal being to develop social, emotional, and physical maturity in our athletes. The interrelationship of 1) the individual, 2) the team, 3) the coach, and 4) the school is the foundation of not only a successful program but also a successful team.

The individual’s character is built on respect of him or herself and others, physical and emotional discipline, the ability to give 100% during practice and competition, and most importantly, the acceptance of defeat and victory with equal poise. The team is built on commitment, cooperation, tolerance, and enthusiasm between the individual players. The coach must be able to reach each individual on a personal level, pull them into a compatible and productive unit, and exemplify the expected standards of an athlete and a sportsman. Rabun Gap, including its administration, faculty, student and parental body, is the support behind the individual, the team, and its coach.

The cohesiveness of the above four factors is the backbone of the Athletic program; therefore, win or lose, the goal of creating a positive and rewarding experience of personal growth is obtainable.