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How to Apply

Select the appropriate grade level below to view detailed information about the admission process. Please contact the Admission Office at (904) 256-5030 with any questions.

 

LOWER SCHOOL (PK - 5)

Ponte Vedra Beach students

We are excited that you are considering Bolles for your child and are happy to answer any questions that you have during the admission process. Please let us know if we can help by contacting Leslie Brotman, Director of Lower School Admission, (904) 256-5034.

Whiteurst students



Please note that Lower School applications are due by January 10 in order to guarantee inclusion in the first round of admission decisions. This date is earlier than the middle and upper school application deadline of January 31.

PRE-KINDERGARTEN OR KINDERGARTEN - How to Apply

Students applying to Pre-Kindergarten must be 4 years old by September 1 of their entry year. Students applying to Kindergarten must be 5 years old by September 1 of their entry year.  Bolles does not make exceptions to this rule.

Lower School Applications are due January 10 and Middle and Upper School applications are due by January 31 in order to guarantee inclusion in the first round of admission decisions.

The Lower School application fee is $100 as this includes the cost of in-house testing.

To begin the application process, please create an Applicant Portal account using our online application system HERE.  This Applicant Portal account will allow you to:

  • Schedule to attend an Open House or tour
  • See a comprehensive list of required application materials (including a Parent Questionnaire and teacher recommendations)
  • Submit application materials
  • Meet deadlines
  • Learn about admission events

 You may return to your account as often as needed, and you may always contact the Admission Office with any questions.

TEACHER RECOMMENDATION

Completion of a recommendation form by the applicant’s current teacher is required. Instructions to request the recommendation are included in your Applicant Portal.

If the student does not attend school but takes part in an activity such as music, sports or Religious School, please request that the teacher complete the Teacher Recommendation. 

PARENT/GUARDIAN QUESTIONNAIRE

To help us get to know your child, we ask that you please complete a questionnaire included in your Admission Applicant Portal. The Parent Guardian/Questionnaire must be received no later than your child’s scheduled admission visit/testing, or by January 10 at the latest.

The Bolles Lower School Parent/Guardian Questionnaire is a common form used by the members of the Greater Jacksonville area independent schools accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS). If you are applying to other schools listed on the form, you may print the completed form in your Admission Applicant Portal for submission at other schools.  If you have already completed a paper form at another FCIS school, you may upload it in your Applicant Portal or email it to Leslie Brotman.

SCHOOL ADMISSION STUDENT VISITS (Required)

Pre-K applicants visit Bolles twice as part of the Admission Process. Admission visits are scheduled by the Admission Office once an application is received and take place in January and February for first round admission decisions. You will be notified of the admission visit dates usually within two weeks of receipt of the application.

If we happen to schedule dates that do not work for you or your child, please let us know and we will do our best to reschedule. For applications that require a family to travel from out of town, the Lower School Admission Director will call to schedule a mutually agreeable date.

The first visit is an individual visit at which time the student will work one-on-one with a teacher for about a one-hour period. Our teachers are very experienced working with young children and will help your child to feel welcome and comfortable. Even the shiest of children usually engage quickly in activities that are enjoyable for them. These activities help us to gain a sense of your child’s development in many of the key school readiness areas – cognitive and academic maturity, speech and language, social and emotional maturity, fine and gross motor skills, ability to attend to a task and follow it through to completion, behavior and much more.

The second visit is a group visit at which time your child will be part of a small group of children also applying to Bolles for Pre-K. This visit takes place in a classroom with the teachers and is a mini-school experience, which includes time for a story, center activities and play. Pre-K group visits take place from 1-2:15.

During your child’s group visit, you are invited for light refreshments and casual conversation with current Bolles parents to learn more about the Bolles experience. Parent-to-Parent Gatherings are informal and are a perfect time to have your questions answered.

ADMISSION DECISION NOTIFICATION

Admission decision letters will be sent on Thursday, February 28, 2019.

GRADES 1-5 - How to Apply

Lower School Applications are due January 10 and Middle and Upper School applications are due by January 31 in order to guarantee inclusion in the first round of admission decisions.

The Lower School application fee is $100 as this includes the cost of in-house testing.

To begin the application process, please create an Applicant Portal account using our online application system HERE.  This Applicant Portal account will allow you to:

  • Schedule to attend an Open House or tour
  • See a comprehensive list of required application materials (including a Parent Questionnaire and teacher recommendations)
  • Submit application materials
  • Meet deadlines
  • Learn about admission events

 You may return to your account as often as needed, and you may always contact the Admission Office with any questions.

TEACHER RECOMMENDATION

Completion of a recommendation form by the applicant’s current teacher is required. Instructions to request the recommendation are included in your Applicant Portal. You will need the recommender’s email address to complete the request.

SCHOOL TRANSCRIPTS

The school transcript request form is available on the Application Portal.

PARENT/GUARDIAN QUESTIONNAIRE

To help us get to know your child, we ask that you please complete a questionnaire included in your Admission Applicant Portal. The Parent Guardian/Questionnaire must be received no later than your child’s scheduled admission visit/testing, or by January 10 at the latest.

The Bolles Lower School Parent/Guardian Questionnaire is a common form used by the members of the Greater Jacksonville area independent schools accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS). If you are applying to other schools listed on the form, you may print the completed form in your Admission Parent Portal for submission at other schools.  If you have already completed a paper form at another FCIS school, you may upload it in your Applicant Portal or email it to Leslie Brotman.

SCHOOL ADMISSION STUDENT VISITS (Required)

Applicants to Grades 1-5 visit Bolles as part of the admission process. Admission visits are scheduled by the Admission Office once an application is received and take place in January and February for first round admission decisions. You will be notified of the admission visit dates usually within 2 weeks of receipt of the application.

Grades 1-5 applicants spend a school day at Bolles in their current grade level classroom. During the day, your child will become a member of a Bolles class and will join in with whatever that class is doing whether it is an academic lesson, an experience in the science lab, in our fine arts classrooms, library, technology or physical education. Our teachers and students love having visitors and are experienced at helping children to feel welcome, included and comfortable. Visiting students often report that they wish they could return to Bolles the next day too!

Admission testing will take place during the applicant’s school visit. Your child will work one-on-one or as part of small group to complete an assessment which is designed to provide a glimpse into his/her academic background and foundation. The assessment is approximately one hour in length and focuses on reading comprehension, phonics (for younger children), writing mechanics and mathematics.

ADMISSION DECISION NOTIFICATION

Admission decision letters will be sent on Thursday, February 28, 2019.

MIDDLE SCHOOL (6 - 8)

Middle School studentsWe are excited you are considering The Bolles School for your child. If you have questions at any point in the process, please contact Liz Mundin, Director of Middle School Admission, (904) 256-5033. We look forward to meeting and working with you!

 

How to Apply

To begin the application process, please create an Applicant Portal account using our online application system HERE.  This Applicant Portal account will allow you to:

  • Schedule to attend an Open House or tour
  • See a comprehensive list of required application materials (including a Parent Questionnaire, Applicant Questionnaire, teacher recommendations, school transcripts and student interview)
  • Register for required testing
  • Submit application materials
  • Pay the $50 application fee
  • Meet deadlines
  • Learn about admission events

You may return to your account as often as needed, and you may always contact the Admission Office with any questions.

TESTING

Applicants for grades 6, 7 and 8 are required to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE – school code 100745) or the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT – school code 1750), by January 31, 2019, to be considered for first round admission consideration. 

The ISEE is offered on multiple dates throughout Jacksonville (see About ISEE below).  For test dates, locations, information about each test and to register, go to www.iseetest.org for the ISEE and www.SSAT.org for the SSAT.  If the test dates are not convenient or a test center is not available in your area, Prometric Test Centers offer the ISEE.  To register for the ISEE at a Prometric Test Center, go to ISEE Testing at Prometric.

About the ISEE

For more information about the ISEE, visit www.iseetest.org to download the ISEE student guide and What to Expect on the ISEE.

Registration Information

  • To register online for the ISEE, go to www.iseetest.org.
  • Applicants can take the ISEE at any ISEE testing location. To review testing dates and locations, including the dates offered at Bolles, use ERB’s Search for Open Tests.
  • When registering for the ISEE, please list The Bolles School as one of the schools to which your child is applying so that test results will be sent directly to us. The Bolles School code is 100745.
  • Early registration is encouraged as spaces at all test sites are limited. An applicant must register at least three weeks prior to the testing date of choice. If you have missed the three-week window, you may contact Liz Mundin, (904) 256-5033, to inquire as to whether a “walk-in” test is possible.


2018-19 Local Testing Dates available soon

UPPER SCHOOL DAY STUDENT (9 - 12)

Upper School students

We are very pleased you will be applying to the Upper School at Bolles. The Admission Office remains ready and available to assist you at any stage of the process. If you have any questions about the process, please contact Mark Frampton, Director of Upper School and Boarding Admission, (904) 256-5032.

How to Apply

To begin the application process, please create an Applicant Portal account using our online application system HERE.  This Applicant Portal account will allow you to:

  • Schedule to attend an Open House or tour.
  • See a comprehensive list of required application materials (including a Parent Questionnaire, Applicant Questionnaire, teacher recommendations, school transcripts and student interview)
  • Register for required testing
  • Submit application materials
  • Pay the application fee ($50 for domestic applicants; $75 for international applicants)
  • Meet deadlines
  • Learn about admission events

You may return to your account as often as needed, and you may always contact the Admission Office with any questions.

TESTING

Applicants for grades 9, 10, or 11 are required to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE – school code 100745) or the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT – school code 1750).  For test dates, locations, information about each test and to register, go to www.iseetest.org for the ISEE and www.SSAT.org for the SSAT.  If the test dates are not convenient or a test center is not available in your area, Prometric Test Centers offer the ISEE.  To register for the ISEE at a Prometric Test Center, go to ISEE Testing at Prometric.

Grade 12 or Post-Graduate applicants are required to submit their results from the SAT or ACT.  To register for the SAT go to www.collegeboard.org.  To register for the ACT, go to www.ACT.org.

About the ISEE

For more information about the ISEE, visit www.iseetest.org to download the ISEE student guide and What to Expect on the ISEE.

Registration Information

  • To register online for the ISEE, go to www.iseetest.org.
  • Applicants can take the ISEE at any ISEE testing location. To review testing dates and locations, including the dates offered at Bolles, use ERB’s Search for Open Tests.
  • When registering for the ISEE, please list The Bolles School as one of the schools to which your child is applying so that test results will be sent directly to us. The Bolles School code is 100745.
  • Early registration is encouraged as spaces at all test sites are limited. An applicant must register at least three weeks prior to the testing date of choice. 

2018-19 Local Testing Dates available soon

BOARDING (9 - 12, Post Graduate)

Boarding students

We are very pleased you will be applying to the Resident Life Program at Bolles. We offer 7-day boarding and a five-day boarding option, open to ninth through twelfth grade students living within 60 driving miles of the San Jose Campus.

The Admission Office remains ready and available to assist you at any stage of the process. If you have any questions about the process, please contact Mark Frampton, Director of Upper School and Boarding Admission, (904) 256-5032.

The deadline for applications considered in our first round of selections is January 31, 2019.

How to Apply

To begin the application process, please create an Applicant Portal account using our online application system HERE.  This Applicant Portal account will allow you to:

  • Schedule to attend an Open House or tour.
  • See a comprehensive list of required application materials (including a Parent Questionnaire, Applicant Questionnaire, teacher recommendations, school transcripts and student interview)
  • Register for required testing
  • Submit application materials
  • Pay the application fee ($50 for domestic applicants; $75 for international applicants)
  • Meet deadlines
  • Learn about admission events

You may return to your account as often as needed, and you may always contact the Admission Office with any questions.

TESTING

Applicants for grades 9, 10, or 11 are required to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE – school code 100745) or the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT – school code 1750).  For test dates, locations, information about each test and to register, go to www.iseetest.org for the ISEE and www.SSAT.org for the SSAT.  If the test dates are not convenient or a test center is not available in your area, Prometric Test Centers offer the ISEE.  To register for the ISEE at a Prometric Test Center, go to ISEE Testing at Prometric.

Grade 12 or Post-Graduate applicants are required to submit their results from the SAT or ACT.  To register for the SAT go to www.collegeboard.org.  To register for the ACT, go to www.ACT.org.

About the ISEE

For more information about the ISEE, visit www.iseetest.org to download the ISEE student guide and What to Expect on the ISEE.

Registration Information

  • To register online for the ISEE, go to www.iseetest.org.
  • Applicants can take the ISEE at any ISEE testing location. To review testing dates and locations, including the dates offered at Bolles, use ERB’s Search for Open Tests.
  • When registering for the ISEE, please list The Bolles School as one of the schools to which your child is applying so that test results will be sent directly to us. The Bolles School code is 100745.
  • Early registration is encouraged as spaces at all test sites are limited. An applicant must register at least three weeks prior to the testing date of choice. 

2018-19 Local Testing Dates available soon