The Bolles School Jacksonville FL

The Bolles School

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The Bolles School: A World of All Things Possible

The Bolles School, a Northeast Florida independent college preparatory day and boarding school founded in 1933, has long been known as one of the top educational institutions in the country and attracts high performing students from all over the world to its riverfront campus. This prominence is rooted in an enduring All Things Possible mindset that encourages students to discover their strengths and excel in them throughout their Bolles experience.

Head of School Brian Johnson best describes The Bolles School as “a remarkable place made distinctive by the high caliber of students and teachers exploring the realms of academics, arts, athletics and service.”

Day and boarding students at The Bolles School develop a high level of character and quality through their educational experience, as they follow the school’s motto of “Pursuing excellence through integrity, courage, and compassion.”

The Bolles School includes four beautiful and diverse campuses in Northeast Florida. Students in grades PreK-5 attend the Bolles Lower School Whitehurst Campus in Jacksonville’s San Jose area or the Bolles Lower School Ponte Vedra Beach Campus in Ponte Vedra Beach. Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students enjoy the private, historic surroundings of the Bolles Middle School Bartram Campus. The Bolles Upper School San Jose Campus accommodates grades 9-12.

The Bolles School boarding program houses 90 students from eight states and 22 countries in grades 7-12. Currently, girls reside in home-like dormitory accommodations on the Middle School Bartram Campus while boys live on the Bolles Upper School San Jose Campus in historic quarters on the third floor of Bolles Hall, a former 1920s-era hotel.

In all grade levels, young scholars are encouraged to explore opportunities for achievement in a broad range of educational arenas. From the art studio and stage to the science lab and playing field, learners in every grade and at every Bolles campus are actively discovering their potential.



Bolles offers a comprehensive program in the fine and performing arts as part of a complete education for students in every grade level. Disciplines include dance, drama, instrumental music, vocal music, and visual arts through academic classes and extracurricular activities. Approximately 85% of the Bolles student body participates in more than 100 performances and gallery shows within the fine and performing arts department each year.

Bolles academics enable students to develop a sense of exploration and personal values. That experience begins at the school’s two lower school levels, continues at the middle school level and culminates at the Bolles Upper School San Jose Campus. Bolles offers courses in five languages (including Chinese and Japanese) and 20 Advanced Placement Courses. Students have the opportunity to participate in exchange programs with schools in Spain, Japan, China, and France, and one study abroad program in Spain. Students are guided by the area’s top educators. Of Bolles’ faculty members, 10 hold doctoral degrees and 91 hold master’s degrees. Technology also is a priority on all four campuses. From new iPads in the lower school classrooms to robotics instruction at the middle school level and video technology upgrades in upper school classrooms, students have some of the most current and effective tools available to support their academic endeavors.

Johnson and other school leaders also feel strongly about the importance of activities and service to every student’s success. While community service is not required at Bolles, students enjoy supporting charitable efforts around the world because it is a tangible reminder that they can make a difference in the lives of others. Since 2007, Bolles upper school students have contributed nearly $98,000 to charitable organizations through the efforts of more than 100 student-driven clubs. Students follow the good example of school leaders – almost 100 percent of faculty and staff participate in the school’s annual giving efforts each year.

The critical areas of academics, arts, activities and community-mindedness are weighted equally with the school’s accomplishments in athletics – which are ample. The Bolles School athletic program has been recognized by several organizations as one of the best in the nation.  In 2009, ESPN RISE ranked Bolles as the #1 boys’ athletic program in the country and MaxPreps named Bolles the third best overall athletic program nationally in the same year. In 2005, Sports Illustrated ranked Bolles as the ninth best athletic program out of 38,000 high schools in the nation over the previous 10 years. The school’s football coach, Corky Rogers, holds the most state titles and wins among high school football coaches in Florida history. Overall, Bolles has won 106 state championships in 15 different sports.

Since 1972 Bolles has had swimmers represented at each Olympics. A total of 48 Bolles students or former students have participated in the Olympics, representing a total of 28 countries or territories. Bolles swimming alumni include 10 Olympic medalists, winning a total of 13 medals.

Undoubtedly, Bolles is a winning strategy. And never is that more clear than spring, when Bolles seniors commit to their college plans. The Class of 2012’s 193 graduates and one post-graduate student, for example, were accepted to 173 different colleges and universities and are now attending 83 different colleges and universities around the country.

Students, faculty and staff at The Bolles School take an All Things Possible approach to all areas of education. And 80 years of experience proves this to be an effective plan. With world-class faculty and resources, Bolles students are able to sharpen their strengths – and shine. Bolles students understand that pursuing excellence through courage, integrity, and compassion is not only the school motto, but the foundation for a successful life.

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The Bolles School
7400 San Jose Boulevard
Jacksonville FL 32217
P: 904.256.5030
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