Weekday Explore Bolles! Events: Our daytime lower school Explore Bolles! events are opportunities for parents to learn more about what an All Things Possible approach to learning looks like at Bolles. After registering and enjoying refreshments, prospective parents have the opportunity to meet one on one with current Bulldog parents and faculty as they share valuable insight into their experiences with the School. A more formal program follows where parents hear from the Bolles’ top administrators, including Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Kila McCann and Lower School Admission Director Shelly Lenhart. Grade 5 ambassadors then provide personal tours for each family group. These student leaders cover all the campus highlights, classrooms and facilities from their unique perspectives. Prospective families are welcome to stay for more conversations with Bolles parents, faculty and the admission team after the student-led tours conclude.
Weekend Explore Bolles! Events: While attending a weekend Explore Bolles! event 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 weekdays. These events still include dynamic campus tours and opportunities to meet one on one with current Bulldog parents, faculty and administrators. The Lower School Campus Head kicks off each event by shedding light on how Bolles inspires students in Pre-Kindergarten-Grade 5 to explore the world around them and fall in love with learning. Bolles Director of Lower Admission Shelly Lenhart then takes prospective parents through the admission process before campus tours begin. These tours are the highlight of Explore Bolles! events as parents visit the many buildings, facilities and innovative spaces for learning on campus. Guides showcase how Bolles’ comprehensive academic, physical, social and emotional resources give students the tools to develop their strengths and try new things. The Bolles admission team is also available to answer questions after the event and at any time during the admission process.
If you are not able to join us for an Explore Bolles! event, 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 Shelly Lenhart, Director of Lower School Admission, or call (904) 256-5034 to schedule a visit.
Morning Explore Bolles! event: Our morning Middle School Parent Explore Bolles! 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 Josh Bauman 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 Explore Bolles! event: Our evening Middle School Parent Explore Bolles! 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 Josh Bauman 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.
If you are not able to join us for an Explore Bolles! event, 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.
Explore Bolles! events provide parents and students with a unique opportunity to learn about what an All Things Possible approach to education looks like. The morning event begins with a welcome meeting and campus tour that is sure to stimulate questions. We then bring in a student, parent, and teacher panel to give you their perspective of the school and answer any questions you may have. We end the event by going over our application, and financial aid program.
Our two-day Explore Bolles! event for prospective boarding students and their parents is designed to give you a unique opportunity to learn about what an All Things Possible approach to education looks like at Bolles. The experience begins Thursday evening with an official check-in. 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 students and staff. Prospective students will spend the night in the dorm, and parents will be dismissed to their off-campus accommodations. The next morning, our Explore Bolles event will start at 8:30 a.m. in the McGehee Auditorium. After a tour of the campus and meeting with teachers and students, your student will shadow a current student for the remainder of the school day. Students will be ready to be picked-up next to the San Jose Campus flagpole near the main parking lot at 3:10 p.m. As your student prepares for this event, please refer to our prescribed dress code page for suggestions on what to pack for the school day portion of the visit.
Upper School campus tours are available for families who cannot attend an Explore Bolles! event. To arrange for a personal tour, contact Mark Frampton at (904) 256-5032 or by e-mail at FramptonM@Bolles.org.
Upper School San Jose Campus
Middle School Bartram Campus
Lower School Ponte Vedra Beach Campus
Lower School Whitehurst Campus