The Bolles School: All Things Possible in academics, arts, athletics, boarding
The Bolles School, a Northeast Florida independent college preparatory day and boarding school founded in 1933, has long been known as one of the top educational institutions in the country. This prominence is rooted in an enduring All Things Possible mindset that encourages students to discover their strengths and excel in them throughout their Bolles experience.
The Bolles School motto is ‘pursuing excellence through integrity, courage and compassion.”
The Bolles School includes four beautiful and diverse campuses in Northeast Florida. Students in grades PreK-5 attend the Bolles Lower School Whitehurst Campus in Jacksonville or the Bolles Lower School Ponte Vedra Beach Campus in Ponte Vedra Beach. Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students enjoy the private, historic surroundings of the Bolles Middle School Bartram Campus. The Bolles Upper School San Jose Campus accommodates grades 9-12. The school’s boarding program houses approximately 90 students from all over the world.
Bolles offers a comprehensive program in the fine and performing arts as part of a complete education for students in every grade level. Disciplines include dance, drama, instrumental music, vocal music, and visual arts through academic classes and extracurricular activities. Approximately 85% of the Bolles student body participates in more than 100 performances and gallery shows within the fine and performing arts department each year.
Bolles academics enable students to develop a sense of exploration and personal values. That experience begins at the school’s two lower school levels, continues at the middle school level and culminates at the Bolles Upper School San Jose Campus. Bolles offers courses in five languages (including Chinese and Japanese) and 20 Advanced Placement Courses. Students have the opportunity to participate in exchange programs with schools in Spain, Japan, China, and France, and one study abroad program in Spain. Bolles’ educators are highly educated in their fields – 10 hold doctoral degrees and 91 hold master’s degrees. Technology also supports academics in important ways, including iPads in lower school classrooms, robotics instruction at the middle school level, and video technology upgrades in upper school classrooms.
The Bolles School athletic program has been recognized by several organizations as one of the best in the nation. In 2009, ESPN RISE ranked Bolles as the #1 boys’ athletic program in the country and MaxPreps named Bolles the third best overall athletic program nationally in the same year. In 2005, Sports Illustrated ranked Bolles as the ninth best athletic program out of 38,000 high schools in the nation over the previous 10 years. Overall, Bolles has won 106 state championships in 15 different sports.
Since 1972 Bolles has had swimmers represented at each Olympics. A total of 48 Bolles students or former students have participated in the Olympics, representing a total of 28 countries or territories. Bolles swimming alumni include 10 Olympic medalists, winning a total of 13 medals.
Bolles is a winning strategy. And never is that more clear than spring, when Bolles seniors commit to their college plans. The Class of 2012’s 193 graduates and one post-graduate student, for example, were accepted to 173 different colleges and universities and are now attending 83 different colleges and universities around the country. Together, they were offered, or qualified for, more than $3.9 million of merit-based scholarships for their first year of college.
Students, faculty and staff at The Bolles School take an All Things Possible approach to all areas of education. With world-class faculty and resources, Bolles students are able to sharpen their strengths – and shine. Bolles students understand that pursuing excellence through courage, integrity, and compassion is not only the school motto, but the foundation for a successful life.