Tallulah Falls School

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Tallulah Falls School
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The Light In The Mountains
Tallulah Falls, Georgia
United States
Type Private
Established 1909
Faculty 22.4 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 6 to 12
Enrollment 425[1] (2006–07)
Student to teacher ratio 5.6:1[1]
Color(s) Green and gold
Sports Tennis, Track and Field, Soccer, Cross Country, Basketball, Swimming, Baseball, Volleyball.
Mascot Indians
Tallulah Falls School
Tallulah Falls School is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Tallulah Falls School
Location Jct. of US 441 and Tallulah School Rd.
Tallulah Falls, Georgia
Coordinates 34°43′54″N 83°23′36″W / 34.73167°N 83.39333°W / 34.73167; -83.39333Coordinates: 34°43′54″N 83°23′36″W / 34.73167°N 83.39333°W / 34.73167; -83.39333
Built 1909
Architect Fred Orr
Architectural style Bungalow/Craftsman
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 91002026[2]
Added to NRHP January 30, 1992

Tallulah Falls School1 is a private boarding and day school located in the town of Tallulah Falls, Georgia within Habersham and Rabun Counties. The school is located on Cherokee Mountain at the foothills of the Appalachian chain. The school was founded in 1909 by Mary Ann Lipscomb of Athens, Georgia.[3]

Tallulah Falls School is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2]

Tallulah Falls School is situated on a pristine, wooded campus built on the southern slopes of Cherokee Mountain in Northeast Georgia. Only 90 miles from metropolitan Atlanta, students find themselves immersed in an atmosphere that not only fosters academic excellence but also encourages an appreciation for nature and the preservation of natural resources.

Tallulah Falls School is a college-preparatory school priding itself on a 100-percent college acceptance for all of its graduates. In fact, it’s one of the things we do best. We prepare our students for the next step in their education and in life. TFS features separate middle and upper school campuses, each possessing its own unique characteristics and charms.

So, what’s the process from seeds planted at the middle school to the senior year when students are making decisions about which college offer to accept? We start by inspiring the right mindset and then challenging action through classroom rigor. Rigor, defined here at TFS, is being unyielding in the pursuit of academic excellence. To that end, we provide a wide range of academic offerings, including 16 college classes, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese [Latin 2015-16].[1] And for students to explore other areas of interest, elective choices abound. Elevating character is equally important to academics, with TFS students constantly encouraged to challenge themselves.

Beyond the classroom experiences in athletics [2] or the arts add emphasis to high expectations for all students. Throughout the TFS experience, students are incrementally moving toward refining the best possible choice for that next step – college. Our list of college acceptances is impressive and ever-evolving. The phrase “college preparatory” is frequently used today, but it encompasses much more than just challenging academics. Success in today’s competitive college environment requires not only academic knowledge but includes factors such as advanced study skills, time management, and character development. TFS places a high priority on these skills which helps students prioritize their daily lives and achieve greater success.

The school is ever-expanding to keep up with record-breaking enrollment. In the fall of 2014, TFS held a grand opening for its expanded and renovated upper school academic building.[4] On the same day as the dedication, school officials broke ground on a new gymnasium project on the middle school campus. The $4.5 million structure is slated for completion in the fall of 2016.[5]

Tallulah Gorge State Park,[6] with its interpretive education center, hiking trails and scenic vistas is a neighbor of the School and provides ample opportunities for students to hike, camp, and cycle. Whitewater rafting, horseback riding and snow skiing close by offer students the opportunity to experience the wonders of nature. Weekend excursions to Atlanta to visit world-class museums or to attend plays or professional sports events provide students with a balanced perspective of their world.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Tallulah Falls School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved on 2009-07-02. "Students 126 (2006-2007)"
  2. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  3. ^ [3]
  4. ^ "Dedication attendees rave about academic complex expansion" (PDF). Fall 2014. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Construction begins on middle school gymnasium project" (PDF). Fall 2014. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Tallulah Gorge Stage Park". Georgia Department of Natural Resources. State of Georgia. Retrieved March 26, 2015.