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By the Numbers

View the 2016-17 School year at Bolles "By the Numbers." We're looking forward to all that 2017-18 will "add" up!

Just the Facts

  • 1,600 students
  • Boarding program that includes girls and boys from 6 states and 16 countries
  • 4 campuses
    • Upper School San Jose Campus: 19 buildings, 25 named facilities, 52 acres (acreage includes Whitehurst Campus)
    • Middle School Bartram Campus: 16 buildings, 14 named facilities, 24 acres
    • Lower School Ponte Vedra Beach Campus: 5 buildings, 3 named facilities, 12 acres
    • Lower School Whitehurst Campus: 11 buildings, 1 named facility
  • Tuition (for the 2017-18 school year)
    • Lower School (Pre-K through Grade 5): $10,350-19,120
    • Middle School (Grades 6-8): $24,200
    • Upper School (Grades 9-12): $24,940
    • Resident Student: $50,940
    • Five-Day Boarding: $9500 per semester added onto the day costs. Available to upper school students living within 60 driving miles of the San Jose Campus
  • 250 full-time, year-round employees (400 including summer and seasonal employees)
    • 272 full and part time faculty and staff, 159 full time teachers
    • 85 faculty members hold master’s degrees
    • 9 faculty have doctoral degrees
  • 12:1 student/teacher ratio
  • 24 college-level, AP courses
  • 6 world language classes: Chinese, Japanese, ESL, Spanish, French and Latin
  • 9 National Merit Semifinalists in 2016-17
  • Bolles students consistently place in the top 10 percent of Advanced Placement scores achieved throughout the country.
  • 85 service, special interest, art, activities, athletics and academic clubs on the upper and middle school campuses
  • 80 percent of students participate in fine and performing arts classes and performances at the middle and upper school level
  • 100 percent of lower school students participate in fine and performing arts classes
  • 61 total teams at the middle, junior varsity and varsity levels
  • 127 state titles and 84 state runner-up finishes in 17 different sports
  • 59 Olympians from Bolles Swimming since 1972
  • Bolles’ athletic program has received the FHSAA All-Sports Award for 21 of the past 22 years

Class of 2017 Achievements

  • Graduates from the Class of 2017 offered or qualified for over $4.8 million in merit-based scholarships for their first year of college — nearly $19 million over their four-year college careers.
  • 70 percent of Bolles 2017 graduating students residing in Florida qualified for Florida Bright Futures Scholarships.
  • 185 of the 187 graduates are going directly to college. They are attending 98 colleges, universities and military prep schools and were accepted to 214 different colleges and universities.
  • 81 percent qualified for some form of merit-based awards such as academic, leadership, athletic scholarships or service academy appointments.
  • 11 Bolles seniors were named National Merit Commended Scholars.
  • 1 student was named an outstanding Hispanic/Latin student by the College Board's National Hispanic Recognition Program.
  • 33 members of the Class of 2017 committed to continue their athletic careers in college.
  • 551 people viewed the livestream coverage of Bolles 2017 Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 27 including 456 viewers from the United States, 20 from Germany, 18 from Chile, 12 from Pakistan, 9 from India, 6 from Singapore, 6 from Turkey, 4 from Austria, 3 from Israel, 3 from the United Kingdom, 2 from Spain, 2 from Canada, 2 from the Virgin Islands, 2 from Colombia, 2 from China, 2 from Finland, 1 from Brazil and 1 from Argentina.
  • Bolles has a proud tradition of sending graduates to military academies and prep schools. This year, Bolles has at least 1 student attending each of the 3 federal military academies—Army, Navy and Air Force.
  • In what may be a school record, members of the Class of 2017 are attending colleges in 30 different states, the District of Columbia and Canada.
  • For the first time in school history, 3 members of a Bolles graduating class are attending UC-Berkeley.
  • The Class of 2017 is exploring new territories—students are attending 11 different colleges where it has been at least 20 years since—or maybe the first time ever—a Bolles graduate has attended. These include: Ave Maria University, the Berklee College of Music in Boston, the College of Wooster in Ohio, Garden City Community College in Kansas, Norwich University in Vermont, Seattle University, Stevenson University in Maryland, UC-Santa Cruz, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, the University of Toronto and Walsh University in Ohio.
  • Many members of the Class of 2017 will join honors colleges at universities around the country, including Alabama, Arizona State, Auburn, College of Charleston, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Northeastern, Ole Miss and South Carolina.
  • 2 members of the Class of 2017 will begin their college careers in Europe—1 in Florence and 1 in Paris.
  • 1 member of the Class of 2017 will join the International Business Education Alliance at the University of South Carolina, spending time in Columbia; Mannheim, Germany; Rio de Janeiro, and Singapore. Another will enter South Carolina's International Business and Chinese Enterprise Program, splitting time between Columbia and Hong Kong.
  • Members of the Class of 2017 have earned highly selective, full academic scholarships which include: a Trustee Scholarship at Boston University;
  • a Benacquisto Scholarship at University of Florida and a Johnson Scholarship at Washington & Lee.


  • 2 students gold medal winners at the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering & Environment Olympiad (ISWEEEP)
  • 1 student fourth place winner at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (IISEF)
  • 4 3-D printers available on each campus for independent and teacher-guided projects
  • 18 Bolles middle and upper school students and 18 awards in the Scholastic Writing Awards.
  • 1st Place at State Congreso, the State Spanish competition
  • 3rd Place at State Congrés, the State French competition
  • 60 Latin students from the Bolles Middle School Bartram Campus took Latin exams with nearly 40 students winning prizes for their efforts. 1 student earned a perfect score
  • 12 Algebra I students took the American Math Challenge 8 Exam during their free time for their own personal enjoyment and without test preparation.
  • 3 robotics teams compete for Bolles
  • 1 FIRST LEGO tournament hosted at Bolles for the first time this year
  • 10 students on the Bolles Mock Trial team deemed winners of the local mock trial competition, helping the team move on to the state championships
  • 34 students from the Lower School Ponte Vedra Beach and Whitehurst Campuses on the School's Math Olympiads team
  • 25 bluebird boxes on 4 Bolles campuses (the Bolles Bluebird Project) yielding 109 eggs and as of early-June, 11 active nests
  • 3: the number of times Bolles Grade 5 students achieved world peace as part of the World Peace Games on the Lower School Ponte Vedra Beach and Whitehurst campuses
  • 67 senior, junior and posthumous inductees named to the National Honor Society Alpha Chapter this spring
  • 1 of 3 Anatomage tables in an independent school setting in the world, and one is at The Bolles School in Schultz Hall.
  • 11 2016 Ottenstroer Fellows


  • 80% of the upper school student body enrolled in Fine and Performing Arts classes this year.
  • 80% of the middle school student body enrolled in Fine and Performing Arts classes this year.
  • 100% of lower school students are involved in art, music and theatre instruction.
  • 40+ on-campus performances and gallery receptions were held this academic year.
  • 14 original curriculum-based musicals were presented on the Whitehurst and Ponte Vedra Beach Campuses this year.
  • 300+ pieces of original art by Whitehurst and Upper School students were displayed during 8 art shows in the Gooding Gallery.
  • 200 student pieces have been displayed in 2 art gallery shows on the Bartram Campus.
  • Bolles staged 1 musical for 3 performances involving 50+ students in Grades 6-8.
  • Bolles staged 1 play for students in Grades 9-12.
  • Bolles hosted 4 middle and upper school band concerts featuring 80 upper school students and 59 middle school students.
  • 4 chorus concerts showcased 90 upper school students and 44 middle school students.
  • 2 dance concerts included 26 middle school students, 33 upper school students and 35 lower school students.
  • 4 lower school holiday concerts included 100% of Whitehurst and Ponte Vedra Beach Campus students.
  • 2 Drama Showcases at the upper school included 50 upper school students.
  • Bolles hosted 3 guest artists in dance, including professionals.
  • Bolles hosted 3 guest artists (vocal and instrumental) who worked with students on skill, and shared their professional experiences.
  • 34 Bolles students won 54 awards in the Northeast Florida Scholastic Art Awards competition, and 12 works continued on to the National Scholastic Art Awards. At the local level, Bolles produced 12 gold key winners, 14 silver winners and 28 honorable mention awards.
  • 2 collaborative student art pieces were installed as permanent exhibits at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
  • 21 juniors and seniors were inducted into the Phoenix Honors Society, an honor society within the Fine and Performing Arts Department for students who excel in two or more of the arts.


  • 61 total teams at the middle, junior varsity, and varsity levels
  • 4 state titles to bring the all-time total to 127
  • 28 consecutive state titles and 37 overall for boys' swimming
  • 25 consecutive state title and 29 overall for girls' swimming
  • 3 state titles in the last 4 years for girls' track and field
  • 2 consecutive state titles for the 2nd time in baseball program history and 8 overall
  • 3 state runner-up teams to bring the all-time total to 87
  • 10 individual event state titles in swimming, cross country and track
  • 22 state semifinal appearances for volleyball
  • 16 district titles this year
  • 6 athlete of the year honors
  • 2 coach of the year honors
  • 4 middle school conference titles
  • 1 Bolles upper school student was awarded a Gold level Graduating Seniors Award for figure skating.


  • 60 service clubs operate on the Upper School San Jose Campus
  • 100+ club or service events held by upper school students
  • 70 percent of upper school students participate in a club or community service activity on campus.
  • $10,000+ raised for charities/organizations through upper school campus fundraisers
  • 80 neatly packed bags of assorted clothing items for students and families at West Riverside Elementary School collected by the Bolles Library Media Ambassadors' 2nd Annual Clothing Drive.
  • 470+ pounds of collected candy to the USO
  • 90 families received bags of food from Bolles at Thanksgiving.
  • 90 Salvation Army Angel Tree children received an outfit and toy for the winter holidays.
  • 66 handmade cards from Bolles went to troops overseas.
  • 275+ coats collected and given to the Sulzbacher Center for Jacksonville homeless
  • 1,300+ shoes sent to Soles for Souls
  • 200 pounds of clothing collected for local and international charities
  • $2,772 raised for Dreams Come True by Lower School Whitehurst Campus Grade 5 students
  • $30,000 raised for the American Cancer Society at the Bolles Relay for Life event
  • 60+ Whitehurst students in the C.H.A.M.P.S. service club
  • 100 percent of lower school students participated in class and school-wide service projects
  • 11 service events held on the Lower School Ponte Vedra Beach Campus
  • 189 Lower School Ponte Vedra Beach Campus students who raised $4,000 for several charities
  • 10,000 canned goods collected for the MaliVai Washington Foundation on the Ponte Vedra Beach Campus
  • 85 families in need served by 100 bags of food raised and packed by Bolles students on all four campuses
  • $1,400 in tips for Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Johns County raised by Ponte Vedra Beach faculty
  • 400 middle school students trained in CPR, $4,000 raised for the American Heart Association

Parent Association

  • 236 Parent Association events on all four campuses
  • 500 parent volunteers
  • 18,000+ parent volunteer hours logged

Social Media

  • 4,589 likes for The Bolles School Facebook page
  • 13,745 reached by our Facebook posts weekly
  • 20 posts a week on average delivered via Facebook
  • 1,298 Bolles School followers on Twitter
  • 3,874 tweets made on our Twitter account
  • 1,027 followers on Instagram
  • 824 images posted on Instagram
  • 3 events live-streamed via Facebook
  • 550 stories posted on, mid-June 2016 to mid-June 2017