All Bolles families are encouraged to explore this unique program that pairs a local Bolles student and their family with a Bolles resident student. Interaction between the family and resident student are encouraged throughout the school year with activities, dinners, and bi-monthly newsletters to keep everyone involved.

Executive Committee - Rebecca and Brian Schwam.
Upper School San Jose Campus Chair - Susan Lucas and Sandy Lopez
Consultants - Elizabeth and Neil Henrichsen




If you are interested in becoming a R.A.P. family, FILL OUT THE RAP FAMILY SURVEY HERE.

VIDEO ADDITION
A letter from Wally's Parents

Dear Debra and to Wally's family in Jacksonville

“We cannot thank you more for having given to Wally what he would have missed while being away from Paris, a family in Jacksonville.

When he was accepted at Bolles, we realized the day we reached Jacksonville the first time with him, that he was going to be left alone. We cannot tell you how concerned we were to leave him in this new city, in this large country, in a new environment, miles away from home.

We came to realize again, with your great action and unbelievable great hearts, that there are great people on earth, that there are pioneers and great sons and daughters of America, that you truly incarnate. The warm welcome of our son in your family, the extension of his family, the love you genuinely gave me, have made us feel calm and confident about his well being in Jacksonville.

We will always remember that day when we met in Jacksonville at Bolles, and you decided to be there for Wally. We just could not believe it. Your gesture and offer taught us again, that there are great people in this world whose actions show they are the envoys of God. God bless you and your children. God guide the path of your children in their lives and happiness be always with you.

We just cannot thank you enough! I will see you at Graduation.”

— Wally's family in France: Virginie Duchemin (mom), Kaeso Naby (younger bother), & Talla (dad)

About the Program

Bolles is home to approximately 100 boarding students from 9 states and 23 foreign countries. Some are from nearby, and some travel halfway across the globe, but they all have Bolles in common.

Resident Ambassador Program (R.A.P.) carefully pairs resident students with a local host family. It is a way for our resident students to experience a second “home away from home”.

R.A.P. families interact with their resident students in many ways, such as inviting them to their home for dinner, providing treats or cheering them on at athletic events. The resident students are very appreciative of anything their R.A.P families do for them, many of them are a great distance from home and welcome any family-like support you provide.

R.A.P. families have enjoyed relationships that have continued well beyond the initial scope of the program, blossoming into people being invited to weddings in Thailand, to birthday parties in Germany, to progressive reunions, which move from country to country.

Suggestions for R.A.P Families
• Make contact with your R.A.P. student a least twice a month, let him or her come over for a dinner or to watch a sporting event. Send them an E-mail or give them a call every once in a while to see how they are doing. The best time to reach them is usually between 7 p.m. and 9:30 pm.
• Contact their parents through E-mail to tell them about your experiences with their child. Send photos of activities done together. They will be pleased to know another family is watching over their child.
• If they are involved in a sport or activity, be their cheering squad.
• Remember them on their birthday or holidays with a simple card or goody bag.
• Join your R.A.P. student for their Monday night dinner (see below).


General Guidelines

Female Resident Students 

All female residents live on the Middle School Bartram Campus. 

Contact the Resident Dean or an evening duty staff member to request to take a student off campus. All residents must sign out with the resident staff on duty before they leave campus. Check with your R.A.P. student to make sure that she has properly signed out.

All residents have weekend curfews.
The times vary depending on grade level:
Grades 11-12 —12 a.m.
Grades 9-10 — 11 p.m.
Grades 7-8 — 10 p.m. (Not allowed to ride with other students, parents must drive.)

The resident staff will be flexible if you would like to have your R.A.P. student later than her curfew on weekends. However, Monday through Thursday, all students should be back in the dorm by 7:15 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays for mandatory study hall. They are able to earn special privileges if they make honors. If they have privileges, their schedule may be less restrictive.

You must get the approval of a resident staff member before you do something out of the ordinary with your R.A..P student (such as an out-of-town trip or deep sea fishing). Some residents have restrictions on their activities.

All residents must get approval from the Resident Dean before any overnight visits. Please call the Resident Office to make arrangements.

You probably will have to provide transportation to and from your home or place of activity for your RAP student. Some residents have cars and can transport themselves.

Bartram Family Dinner is held on Monday nights at 6:45 p.m. R.A.P. families are encouraged to join the students occasionally for these meals, but please make reservations by contacting the Resident Dean to confirm your attendance. R.A.P. students may be taken off campus for dinner any other evening.

Resident Dean -- Bartram: Rhonda Ryan
 626-8101 (cell)
Resident Life Office (located in Lovett Hall): 732-5800 or 626-9947 (cell)


Male Resident Students
All male residents live on the Upper School San Jose Campus.

Contact the Resident Dean or an evening duty staff member to request to take a student off campus. All residents must sign out with the resident staff on duty before they leave campus. Check with your R.A.P. student to make sure that he has properly signed out.

All residents have weekend curfews.
The times vary depending on grade level:
Grades 11-12 —12 a.m.
Grades 9-10 — 11 p.m.
Grades 7-8 — 10 p.m. (Not allowed to ride with other students, parents must drive.)

The resident staff will be flexible with you if you would like to have your R.A.P. student later than his or her curfew on weekends. However, all students should be back in the dorm for mandatory study hall unless they are using a special skip: Tuesday-Thursday, by 7:15 p.m. and  Sundays, by 6:15 p.m. Skips are not allowed on Monday nights when they have Family Dinner. They are able to earn special privileges if they make honors. If they have privileges, their schedule may be less restrictive.
You must get the approval of a resident staff member before you do something out of the ordinary with your R.A.P. student (such as an out-of-town trip or deep sea fishing). Some residents have restrictions on their activities.

All residents must get approval from the Resident Dean before any overnight visits. Please call the Resident Office to make arrangements.

You probably will have to provide transportation to and from your home or place of activity for your RAP student. Some residents have cars and can transport themselves.

A convocation dinner is held on Monday nights at 6:45 p.m. R.A.P. families are encouraged to join the students occasionally for these meals, but please make reservations by contacting the Resident Dean to confirm your attendance. R.A..P students may be taken off campus for dinner any other evening.

Resident Dean -- San Jose: Mike Boswell
 626-6022 (cell)
Resident Office (located on third floor of Bolles Hall): 256-5400



A letter from a Current R.A.P. Family
"The Ultimate RAP Experience"
I will be the first to admit that I have not always been the most enthusiastic R.A.P. parent. I would start out great then fade as the year went on and my own family life got crazy busy. I was so bad last year that I had no interest in participating in the program ever again.

Then, just before school started, my son Noah came out of hockey practice and introduced me to Patrick, a goalie who would be attending Bolles as a boarder. Noah asked if we could be his RAP family. I met Patrick’s family and found out that his mother’s good friend lived down the street from us and that he came from Switzerland as did my great grandparents. It seemed like fate so I said okay.

It started out with us taking him to and from hockey practice. Then once the season started, Patrick traveled with us all over the state for league games and tournaments. At this point, he began to come over to our house the night before we left and stay until Monday morning. Then, even on non-hockey weekends, he came over to our house. Eventually, he spent Christmas break with us and came home for exam week.

Patrick travelled with us to hockey tournaments in Colorado Springs and Nashville. We went back to Colorado for spring break where the boys had a great time snowboarding. Our most recent adventure was to go overnight to Tampa to watch the Stanley Cup playoff game.

Over the year, I made a point of routinely emailing photos of Patrick to his parents with a short note to let them know how he was doing. I thought it might be nice for his parents to have the reassurance that he was okay. I have gotten so many emails from them thanking us. They print the photos, hang them in his room and share them with his grandparents.

It is hard to determine how and when Patrick became another member of the family. It might be when I started asking him to take out the garbage or help with the dishes. Maybe it was when our dog would get excited to see him when he came home on Friday night, or when it would seem strange not to have him at the dinner table or in his favorite chair.

As this year comes to a close and Patrick returns home, I imagine a day in the not too distant future that we plan a trip to Switzerland. His family has already invited us to visit them. He is already talking about coming back to visit us. Whatever happens, Patrick will always have an American home with us.

Our family is so grateful for the opportunity to really get to know this extraordinary young man. I would like to encourage every Bolles family to participate in the RAP program. You never know when you might meet the next newest member of your family.

Sheri Kostick

Become a R.A.P. family! FILL OUT THE RAP FAMILY SURVEY HERE.

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Upper School

(Grades 9-12)
San Jose Campus
7400 San Jose Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32217
(904) 733-9292

Middle School

(Grades 6-8)
Bartram Campus
2264 Bartram Road
Jacksonville, FL 32207
(904) 724-8850

Lower School

(Grades PreK-5)
Ponte Vedra Beach Campus
200 ATP Tour Boulevard
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
(904) 285-4658

Lower School

(Grades PreK-5)
Whitehurst Campus
7400 San Jose Boulevard Jacksonville, FL 32217
(904) 733-9292