Bolles is a diverse community comprising students from all over the world. The boarding program is a key component to providing both day and resident students an opportunity to experience new cultures and broaden their view of the world around them.
The Language Transition
International students who attend Bolles are expected to have a working knowledge of English. For those students who are not fluent, the School offers an English Language Learner Orientation program instead of or in addition to standard English courses. Fluency will come as a result of immersion into this culture. To encourage language acquisition, international students are placed, whenever possible, with English-speaking roommates.
English as a Second Language - Determination of whether a student will be required to take English as a Second Language will be based upon the results of the Secondary Level English Proficiency (SLEP) Test, to be administered at the beginning of the student’s first semester at Bolles.
Introductory Composition Class - for Grade 9-11 students who face challenges in their basic language skills for their grade and age.
ELLO Summer Program - The goal of this three-week summer orientation is to provide a fun and informative start to the student experience on the San Jose Campus. An intensive look at academic English guides students as they engage in activities that will help them be ready for success in the classroom, not just language-wise, but socially as well. In addition to the language classes, there are also units on the concept of academic integrity in the US, American history, culture and traditions — and more!
Dorm Room - Boarding students have one roommate. To motivate international students to practice English, roommates will be from an English-speaking country. With a large number of day students from the Jacksonville on campus and in our classrooms, students will have plenty of time to practice their English skills.
Weekend Activities - On weekends, our boarding students one major activity such as going to the beach, dinner, movies, shopping, local attractions, and periodically Florida attractions such as Disney World, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens or the Kennedy Space Center.
International Student Clubs - Students are encouraged to take on a leadership role in our clubs at Bolles. If a club representing a student's language and culture is not currently offered, they are encouraged to introduce and lead the club.
Whats-App Social Media Connection – the Whats-App applications are used to communicate with students and parents. For students, the Resident Parents send reminders and important announcements to the students during the school year. For parents, the Resident Staff sends important information about programs and activities, answers critical questions about rules and procedures, and send pictures of the students throughout the school year.