Schools: Pay As You Work

The name sounds like the nonsense syllables of a school yell: Rabun Gap-Nacoochee. The school that bears the name is every bit as unusual. It is half private, half public. Set in the Appalachian foothills of northeastern Georgia, it aims to work not only the minds but also the muscles of its teen-age students. "We believe there is education in physical work, in spiritual development, in living together," says its president, Karl Anderson, 41.

Rabun Gap-Nacoochee is a 1,800-acre farm run largely by its 100 boarding boys and girls, who pay tuition. Under a unique setup, their high-school education is...

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