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Visit the Bolles School

The best way to learn about Bolles is to experience a day in the life of our students. We encourage you to visit our campuses and see how our students and teachers engage in exciting, active and challenging learning.

Register for an Open House or Campus Tour at the tabs below:

LOWER SCHOOL (PK - 5)

Bolles has two beautiful lower school campuses: The Lower School Ponte Vedra Beach Campus is located at 200 ATP Tour Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082. The Lower School Whitehurst Campus is located at 7400 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32217.

OPEN HOUSES

Attending an Open House is a perfect way to learn more about the Bolles experience! Lower School Open Houses are designed for adults rather than children and provide the opportunity to experience our lower schools first-hand. Lower School Open Houses are not drop-in and drop-out events. You will want to stay for the entirety of the event so that you don't miss a thing! Campus tours are included. Contact Leslie Brotman, Director of Lower School Admission, (904) 256-5034 for more information. 

What Should I Expect When I Attend an Open House?

Morning Open House: Our Lower School daytime open house events are opportunities for adults to learn more about what an All Things Possible approach to lower school learning looks like at Bolles. After registering and enjoying morning refreshments, parents get informative one-on-one time with Bolles parents and faculty who can provide valuable insight into their experience – and how your family’s might align. A more formal program follows in the campus library. For nearly an hour, you’ll hear from the School’s top Administrators, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Scott Smith, Leslie Brotman, Lower School Admission Director and some faculty members. This is a wonderful time to hear about the overall Bolles experience and how Bolles grows as your child grows. Following the program, fifth grade ambassadors will provide personal tours for each family group. These campus leaders will show you all the campus highlights, classrooms, facilities and more. Experiencing a student’s perspective of Bolles provides helpful insight into the realities of a typical school day for your child. Once your tour is complete, you are welcome to stay for more conversation with faculty and parents. Our community loves coming together to share their Bolles experiences with new friends and families. Community is what makes a Bolles education a standout.

Evening Open House: Our Lower School evening open house events are an opportunity to enjoy dinner and campus tours with other prospective parents, Bolles faculty and campus leaders. After registering, you’ll benefit from casual conversation and a seated dinner with Bolles teachers and administrators – as well as other parents who are interested in the same grade level. You also will meet current Bolles Upper School students who began their School experience on a Bolles lower school campus. These students can provide a wonderful perspective on how Bolles helped them hone their strengths and what a Bolles education looks like at the middle and upper school levels. Following dinner, Bolles top administrators, the campus head and faculty members will present during a special hour-long program. Classroom visits with faculty members conclude the evening. Evening events are not formal, but often have a more formal feel than the daytime open houses given the timing. While attending an evening Open House does not allow you to see Bolles come to life with students during a school day, many families select this option if they are committed during the daytime hours.

Open House Dates

Whitehurst Campus
Tuesday, November 5, 9 - 11 a.m.
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Ponte Vedra Beach Campus
Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 6 - 8 p.m. (includes dinner)
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Whitehurst Campus
Tuesday, December 3, 6 - 8 p.m. (includes dinner)
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LOWER SCHOOL TOURS

If you are not able to join us for an Open House, we would be delighted for you to call to schedule a campus tour. Lower School tours are available on school day mornings at the Whitehurst and Ponte Vedra Beach Campuses.

Please email Leslie Brotman, Director of Lower School Admission, or call (904) 256-5034 to schedule a visit.

MIDDLE SCHOOL (6 - 8)

The Middle School Bartram Campus is located at 2264 Bartram Road, Jacksonville, FL 32207. Dedicated to our sixth through eighth grade students, we welcome the opportunity to show you this wonderful learning environment.

OPEN HOUSES

Attending an Open House is a perfect way to learn more about the Bolles experience! Middle School Open Houses are designed for parents and provide the opportunity to learn about the middle school program. Middle School Open Houses are not drop-in and drop-out events, but are planned around a full presentation and tour of the campus and program. You will want to stay for the entirety of the event so that you don't miss a thing! Contact Liz Mundin, Director of Middle School Admission, (904) 256-5033 for more information. 

What Should I Expect When I Attend an Open House?

Morning Open House: Our morning Middle School Parent Open House events are a wonderful way for prospective parents to get to know our Bolles Middle School Bartram Campus – a beautiful college campus-like school dedicated to the education of students in grades 6-8. Campus Head Jonathan Keen will welcome you to a reception-like gathering, where you’ll enjoy morning refreshments before the official welcome and introduction at 9 a.m.  A slate of middle school administrators and leaders will speak about all areas of middle school life including counselors, activities directors, deans, athletic administrators and fine and performing arts leadership. Later, Middle School Admission Director Liz Mundin will speak to you in the auditorium about what you can expect during the admission process and how your student will shadow current Bolles students during the year. A campus tour follows. You’ll see the many spaces students are learning, experiencing and developing skills that will serve them for life! Liz is available afterward for questions following her presentation and you are welcome to stay and ask any specific questions you have on your mind.

Evening Open House: Our evening Middle School Parent Open House events are similar to the daytime versions; however, you will not see how this campus comes to life when students and faculty are present during the day!  Campus Head Jonathan Keen will welcome you and invite other top administrators to share some remarks on the Bolles Middle School experience for students in grades 6-8. Liz Mundin, Director of Middle School Admission, will talk to you about the admission process and how students shadow other students during their visit. A campus tour is the highlight of this casual gathering of parents and adults. Liz will take you to the many buildings, facilities and spaces for learning on campus, where you will discover Bolles’ incredible academic, artistic and athletic resources – tools that help our students develop their strengths and aptitudes! You may have more questions after this eye-opening experience, and Liz will be available for questions afterward in the auditorium. Stay as long as you would like and make plans to come back or begin the application process.

Open House Dates

Wednesday, November 6, 2019  6 - 8 p.m.
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Thursday, November 7, 2019, 9 - 11 a.m.
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Thursday, January 16, 2020, 9 - 11 a.m.
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MIDDLE SCHOOL TOUR/STUDENT SHADOW DAY

If you are not able to join us for an Open House, we would be delighted to offer an individual campus tour. Scheduling a tour and a student shadow day are initial steps in the middle school application process.

If you are a current Bolles parent or have toured/applied previously, no additional tour is required but one may be requested. The student shadow day is optional, but encouraged to allow your child to experience a day as a Bolles middle school student.

Tours are offered weekly and you may sign up for a tour by contacting Director of Middle School Admission Liz Mundin, (904) 256-5033.  Please allow an hour and half for your visit.

Student shadow days are offered Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., excluding student holiday return dates and exam weeks.  Please contact Liz Mundin, (904) 256-5033, to schedule a student shadow day.

UPPER SCHOOL DAY OR BOARDING (9 - 12, Post Grad)

We offer two ways for you and your student to visit Bolles - "Bolles for a Day" open house admission events and personal tours. In addition to seeing the campus, your student is welcome to attend classes with a Bolles student for the day.

BOLLES FOR A DAY

Seeing Bolles during the school day opens your eyes to the possibilities and infinite opportunities available to your son or daughter. It also allows your child to experience first-hand the kind and nurturing environment at Bolles - something mere words could never do.

What Should I Expect When I Attend Bolles for a Day?

Bolles for a Day events are for parents and students and provide a unique opportunity to get a firsthand perspective of a Bolles school day for students in grades 9 -12. The morning begins with a welcome meeting and campus tour, which parents and students attend together. Mid-morning, student ambassadors will meet with you and your child to answer any questions and make introductions. At this point, prospective students will leave with their assigned ambassador and attend classes and activities for the rest of the school day. The remainder of the morning is set aside just for parents. Bolles administrators and leaders will share remarks and answer questions about the Bolles experience, the admission process and what an All Things Possible approach to learning looks like at Bolles. Parents may retrieve their students at 3:10 p.m., the close of the school day. Thank you for your interest in Bolles for a Day, we hope to see you on campus soon!

Girls Boarding

We are elated by your interest in the Bolles Residential Life program for girls and welcome you to this two-day “Bolles for a Day” event for you and your daughter. This casual program is an opportunity for prospective students and their families to get a better sense of day-to-day life as a Bolles boarding student. The experience begins Thursday evening with an official check-in. Girl boarders live in residence halls on the Bolles Middle School Bartram Campus, the site of the evening activities. After checking in, parents and students will enjoy a resident hall tour with current resident students, followed by a special dinner with current students and staff. Prospective boarding students will spend the night in the dorm that evening, and parents are dismissed to their off-campus accommodations. The next morning, we will meet at the Bolles Upper School San Jose Campus for a parent and student campus tour. Student ambassadors will answer your questions during the tours and mid-morning will escort visiting students to class for the remainder of the day. At 10:45 a.m., school administrators will host a prospective parent meeting where you can ask questions and hear from school leaders. Your daughter will finish classes and take a school bus back to the Bolles Middle School Bartram Campus around 3:10. Please meet your daughter back at the residence hall to collect her belongings and get a final sense of the Bolles community! As your daughter prepares for this event, please refer to our prescribed dress code page for suggestions on what to pack for the school day portion of her visit.

Boys Boarding

We are elated by your interest in the Bolles Residential Life program for boys and welcome you to this two-day “Bolles for a Day” event for you and your son. This casual program is an opportunity for prospective students and their families to get a better sense of day-to-day life as a Bolles boarding student. The experience begins Thursday evening with an official check-in. Boy boarders live in Bolles Hall on the Bolles Upper School San Jose Campus, the site of the evening activities. After checking in, parents and students will enjoy a resident hall tour with current resident students, followed by a special dinner with current students and staff. Prospective boarding students will spend the night in the dorm that evening, and parents are dismissed to their off-campus accommodations. The next morning, we will meet in Bolles Hall for a parent and student campus tour. Student ambassadors will answer your questions during the tours and mid-morning will escort visiting students to class for the remainder of the day. At 10:45 a.m., school administrators will host a prospective parent meeting where you can ask questions and hear from school leaders. Your son will finish classes and meet you at the San Jose Campus flagpole at 3:10 with their overnight belongings. As your son prepares for this event, please refer to our prescribed dress code page for suggestions on what to pack for the school day portion of his visit.

RSVPs are required. Register for a Bolles for a Day event HERE.

Bolles for a Day Dates

  • November 15, 2019 - FULL
  • December 13, 2019
  • January 17, 2020
  • February 7, 2020
  • March 6, 2020
  • April 3, 2020
  • May 1, 2020

PERSONAL TOURS

Upper School campus tours are available for families who cannot attend an Upper School Bolles for a Day Event. To arrange for a personal tour, contact Mark Frampton at (904) 256-5032 or by e-mail at FramptonM@Bolles.org.

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