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Upper School Bulldog Life

Flourishing, Thriving, Serving Others

Courage, integrity and compassion converge powerfully on the upper school campus, where students learn to apply the servant leadership skills they have been honing since their earliest lower school years. All freshmen participate in Make a Difference Day, a daylong course in community volunteerism. Students break into groups and spend the morning working at one of more than a dozen nonprofit agencies in Northeast Florida. In the afternoon, students hear testimonials on the importance of service from senior peers or alumni who have garnered huge life takeaways from their servant leadership experiences. 

In the first few weeks of school, upper school students are encouraged to attend Club Day – where more than 60 student clubs and activity groups are represented. Once they have aligned with clubs or initiatives, students spend the rest of the year in meetings, volunteering and fundraising for their causes. One of the biggest annual events is the Halloween Carnival; an event that seasonally entertains low-income students from a nearby community. More than 100 students representing the school’s clubs set up booths and receive guests with joy and compassion.

In upper school, students also broaden their sense of community service – and learn how they can use their talents and interests to support the community. That passion also extends to global community service opportunities. Upper school students may sign up for a community service trip during Spring Break – which has taken Bolles students to charitable work from Costa Rica to the Florida Keys. And because Bolles is a community of students from all over the world, many community service projects and trips serve special friends, families and communities around the globe.



Dreams Come True Club with big check for Dreamer
Students posing at entrance to Hope Haven
Two students with Refugee Relief Club at Club Day
Student showing little girls how to play cup toss game

Clubs and Organizations

Anyone can join a club at any time. A student go to his/her Schoology page and search for one of the club names below. On the club's page will be the organization's constitution, next meeting if one is planned for the next few weeks and any other pertinent information. If it looks interesting, the student can request to join. As in years past, a student can also simply show up to the next meeting as announced in the Daily Bulletin.