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7400 San Jose Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32217

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(904) 256-5002
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4 stars
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October 06, 2014
My child is a sophomore at Bolles. I am very impressed with this school. Prior to Bolles, we utilized every opportunity in the Clay County gifted program. Even so, the rigor at Bolles is substantially beyond the best the public schools have to offer. The honors classes especially are simply excellent. My son's wit and conversational maturity improved within 2 months of being there. The only concern I have is related to high school in general. If playing sports, my son is truly gone from 6:30am until 7:30pm. I feel as a mom, I'm not done raising him! I need more time. :) The other day, I reminded him he could go to the local public school and be home by 1:45. He said, "But then I couldn't learn like I'm learning now. And nothing's worth that."

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2014
I was new to Bolles this year and it has got to be the best school you can attend. First off, people are not "spoiled rich brats" I have met some of the sweetest most down to earth people at this school. For the people saying that athletes at Bolles are stupid and they just get by because they are athletes, you clearly have no clue what you are talking about. Teachers are there to help you, they make themselves available to you and are always happy to help, whether you use that or not, its up to the individual students. Bolles as a community is extremely welcoming and close. Most of my friends went to Bishop Kenny and they all tell me about the upperclassmen hazing the underclassmen, physically hitting them, and verbally insulting them. At Bolles the upperclassmen are helpful and generally very nice. If you want a school that prepares a well rounded student than send your child to Bolles.

- submitted by a community member
June 02, 2014
I attended this school for one year before transferring to Bishop Kenny. Bolles was over run with rich brats, who all felt they were Gods gift to the world. The classes at Bolles lacked real challenge due to the large amount of athletes who were not smart. I found Bishop Kenny to be a much more accepting, challenging, and and cheaper environment. Students were not treated equally at Bolles, at Bishop Kenny everyone follows the same rules. The students at Bolles have no morals, and are materialistic. The students at Bishop Kenny demonstrate strong Catholic values. Do not waste your money sending your child to Bolles.

- submitted by a community member
November 24, 2013
I'm currently in grad school studying computer science, but went to Bolles for middle and high school. I frequently thank my parents for sending me there, as it prepared me academically for college. The first 2-3 years of college were significantly easier than high school. Academics are the only area where I will praise Bolles. The social atmosphere at Bolles was brutal and certainly not helpful as I was growing up. Money and who has it is at the forefront of pretty much everything, from the school's response to honor code violations to who hangs out with who. The teachers are varied - some are awesome, some are of the "teach yourself" variety, either way you'll learn because the standards are high. For better or worse, that helped me when I got horrible "read the slides" professors. My parents gave up a lot to send me to Bolles, and I do think they made the right decision. Keep your kids feet on the ground, expose them to life outside of the Bolles bubble, and they'll do do great at Bolles.

- submitted by a community member
October 30, 2013
My son came in in the 8th grade this year.. It has been an amazing experience. The culture for excellence is making him a great leader and honestly he loves it. I am looking to have all three of my children to attend next year. We are greatly pleased. It is a champion culture with loving staff.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
My son is new to Bolles this year. He attends the Whitehurst Lower School Campus. Coming from Catholic schools as the youngest of three, we weren't sure what to expect. What we have encountered is a loving, safe, friendly and challenging environment that makes me proud and happy to have him attend. When we asked him what he thought of his new school he said that he absolutely loved it and he felt the teachers loved him back. The school has a reputation as one for only wealthy students. I can report that there is a wide mix of student types and socioeconomic circumstances represented at Bolles. The education is top notch and we are very happy to have our child there.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2013
As a parent of two current Bolles students, I feel compelled to correct many of the inaccuracies, in previous reviews. Both of my children absolutely love this school. They love the rigorous academics, the outstanding facilities, the excellent engaged teachers, and the emphasis on developing the total student. (academics, arts, sports, community service) Bolles is a college prep school in the truest sense. It constantly challenges students to reach for the stars, demanding a certain amount of independence and self sufficiency, while always being ready to assist in any way. Is it for every student? Definitely not. It's much tougher academically than any of the Duval County Public schools, and this includes all Duval County magnet schools, of which both my children previously attended. If your child is average, or used to getting by giving average effort and commitment, then save your money, and stay away from Bolles. They would surely be quickly overwhelmed, and you will be unhappy. For that, Bolles makes no apologies. But, if you have a bright, talented, hard working student, who's looking for opportunity, challenge, and personal growth, look no further then BOLLES!

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2013
I will be a junior this upcoming semester at Bolles, and I have attended Bolles since 7th grade. Honestly, I have no complaints at all about this school. Most of the people are more than friendly (of course it has its few, as every school does...but all you have to do is avoid them). The teachers and staff could not be more helpful and friendly. The only time it seems as though they aren't helping you is when they really want you to work on your own and be independent. As for the review that claimed that Bolles allows smoking in the dorms and does not enforce policies, you cannot be more wrong. Bolles is very adamant about following school policies and they enforce them constantly. Many people think that Bolles is only a place for "rich brats", but I can tell you that I am definitely not rich even though I attend Bolles, and many of the "rich brats" are not brats at all. Bolles houses and teaches some of the nicest most giving people I have ever met. in fact, the people I met at Bolles are much more welcoming than anyone I met when I was at public school.

- submitted by a community member
November 10, 2012
My son started Bolles last year, and loves the school. He is a boarder and he has been welcomed by the other students since the first day. He is highly involved in sports (swimming) and his grades have improved a lot since he started the school. He is actually challenged, and his self-esteem and enthusiasm to do well have increased every day he has spent at the school. It is a very expensive tuition, but worth every cent. I wish I could afford to send my other two kids there as well.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2012
This will be my first year Bolles i have not even stepped foot in a classroom but have already been to multiple sports practices and meet most of the girls and i already love the atmosphere there and i would recommend sending your child here.

- submitted by a community member
June 07, 2012
It's an okay school. They have a good sports department. The social atmosphere left a negative impact on my daughter.

- submitted by a community member
April 16, 2012
I have to point out that the majority of bad reviews from this school are coming from the parents. I feel that is not right. I attended Bolles EK-6th grade, and I am returning for my senior year. I recently toured the school. The faculty and students welcomed me back with open arms, and all were very friendly. People say Bolles is known for having stuck up kids... I find that is said mainly by those who think that students with the high level of manners that Bolles students have are stuck up. I do not think there is a school that could prepare me better for college than Bolles. The headmaster is one of the friendliest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Please ignore these negative parent reviews, they either send their children to rival schools (Bolles is very competitive) or their children had a bad experience. Bolles is not for everyone, but if it does fit, go with it. Best school I ever attended.

- submitted by a community member
March 08, 2012
If you're considering this school, here are a cuple tips. Ask for SAT scores. Ask which colleges accepted 2011 graduates. Ask what percentage of staff are Bolles grads. Finally, Google news stories about Bolles students.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2011
School is very hard, teachers treat you like garbage, and coaches ignore you. This school is a JOKE.

- submitted by a community member
May 02, 2011
I went to public school for freshman year, then back to Bolles. The biggest downside is definitely the very expensive tuition. The public school I went to was an "A" school and also known to have plenty of "rich snobs." Comparing the two schools, I can say that Bolles' regular level classes are much more challenging than the public school's honors classes; colleges know this. Many Bolles graduates move on to Ivy League and other top-tier colleges. I will also say that social enviroment is much friendlier and academically-focused than that of a public school. There are still some party-ers but also a considerably fewer amount of druggies. As for what the parent was talking about with the boarders... well, every boarder that actually speaks English and makes any effort to be a part in the community at all is completely well adjusted.

- submitted by a community member
June 11, 2010
I was going to write a thorough review but I am limited to 150 words. I will hit the high points. -I attended Bolles for many years. -Elementary school is not worth the money. In middle and high school... -English/athletics education is excellent. -Math/science education is average. -The general culture of the school is warped and superficial. Money runs the campus. Those with a lot of money can get away with a lot more. -If your daughter does not conform to the superficial standards of catty Bolles' girls then she will be a social outcast. It is not so bad for boys. -They have a bad habit of hiring former Bolles graduates and family members of current staff members who may not be the most qualified for the job. -Some students study hard, while many party hard. -Graduates will leave the school very sheltered.

- submitted by a community member
June 11, 2010
I have 3 children that attend Bolles...one in lower school, middle school and one in upper school. All three children have attended Bolles since Pre-Kindergarten and we have been extremely pleased with their progress. The academics and athletics are extremely rigorous and Bolles may not be a fit for a child. that is non competitive or anxious child. It just so happens that my children thrive in that type of environment. The advisor communication in both the uppaer middle school is great and I love that the fact that the teachers are availabe for extra help every morning for zero hour. The Lower School is wonderful too. The only flaw is that it is lacking in state of the art facilities/technology. Overall, there is no school that can exceed Bolles in providing opportunities for outstanding academics, athletics, fine arts and community service.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 23, 2009
I attended Bolles for 9 years, graduated, and now am a senior in college. This school prepared me in every way acedemically to excel in college. Bolles' emphasis on writing really helped me during my college years. As I am now applying to graduate schools, I realize that being assigned a college counselor in my 11th grade year there was an amazing service I took for granted. The only downside to Bolles is that it is a very sheltered community and does not prepare you for the diverse atmosphere large universities have. I urge students to become involved in activities outside the Bolles community. It is true that students are not treated equally at Bolles. As a student, it was obvious that your parents' wealth was directly proportional to how much you could get away with. However, that's life and the academic background Bolles provides you with cannot be matched.

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August 27, 2009
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August 16, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2009
We have 2 students at Bolles and we are very pleased. This school turns out very well rounded students ready for college curriculum. The academic rigor is very, very high--and 2-3 hrs of homework for our middleschooler is about avg. Our highschool student has about the same amount, maybe more with all the AP classes. Besides academics, Bolles offers every student options in sports, fine and performing arts and community service. Most students try new things and find a passion in a sport or arts option that is entirely new to them. Our students are getting an outstanding education and taking advantage of the opportunities to grow at Bolles. It is a financial commitment but financial aid is available. Students that leave, do so because they cannot compete at the academic level or because they are invited to not come back because they are behavior problems. Bolles has high standards.

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April 30, 2009
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- submitted by a student
April 28, 2009
I'm now in college, but I went to Bolles a few years ago. Pros: Excellent teachers, beautiful campus, great athletic facilities, lots of school spirit, and the boarding students are all Olympic caliber swimmers from around the world Cons: The Honor code is a joke at this school, it doesn't apply to the super wealthy kids who's parents donate, or kids who have connections on the board of trustees. Football players are also pretty much immune from discipline as well. Also, Bolles has the 'every class, every day' schedule. Eight classes every day @ 45 mins each. This doesn't prepare students for the long lectures and big papers that await them in college.

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March 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2009
Superb school with a physical plant that would rival most colleges and universities. While there were a few merely average teachers at the middle school, the teachers at the Whitehouse lower school and the San Jose upper school have uniformly been nothing short of exceptional! A number of the teachers even have doctorates. The school focuses not only on academics but also on sports, and a very high percentage of students play at least one organized sport. If your child is not an athlete, though, there are other avenues in which he or she can excel: theatre, band, service clubs, etc. Each high school student is assigned a 'college counselor' in 11th grade (separate from the regular academic counselor), and many graduates go to elite colleges and universities.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2009
My child attended this school for two years. The academics were good. The administration had priorities in the wrong place. The campus is nice. The students also are not treated equally.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2009
Small class size. The social climate at this school was difficult. This school is geared for students who excel in sports.

- submitted by a student
January 18, 2009
After 3 children and 5 grandchildren I must confess that it is an outstanding school. It has educated eight very different individuals to enjoy learning, sports, community activities and motivated them to excel.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 15, 2009
I have two children attending Bolles. One is in the lower school and the other in middle school. I have found the teachers excellent and feel that they have a sincere desire to make my children successful. My children would be heartbroken if they did not attend Bolles.There life would not be complete. I have never in all of the years that they have attended Bolles ever say that they did not feel like going.Parental involvement is essential and be ready once your child hits second grade homework has only just begun. Middle school requires 2-3 hours of homework a day . With the level of learning I am very proud to say that both of my children are very successful at Bolles because of the whole package that is offered.

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December 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2008
Excellent academics and an athletic program second to none. It is very pricey but I wouldn't send my children anywhere else, especially because of the poor public school system here in Jax at the high school level!

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no rating July 22, 2008
I went to Bolles for middle and high school. I'm very happy with my decision to undertake a Bolles education and can't speak highly enough of my experience there. I had all the resources needed to succeed, including a positive environment for learning which tends to be lacking in the public school system. I am very appreciative of my parents for sending me to Bolles.

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April 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2008
i go here and its amazing

- submitted by a student
October 29, 2007
Excellent academics and sports. Safe environment.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2007
the academics are good but the attitude of bolles and the kids at bolles is not exactly outstanding!

- submitted by a student
July 24, 2007
We could not be happier about the Bolles School at Ponte Vedra

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2006
I am a Bolles girl and have been going there for 9 years. The quality of the academics is amazing! The teachers are helpful and always willing to teach again if you are not understanding something! The music,arts, sports or any other extracurricular activties are always available to anyone that wants to join in! Parents are always asked to be involved in their students work habits and are always updated on how their child is doing! Overall if you are looking for a good private school in the Jacksonville area or a good boarding school this is a good choice!

- submitted by a student
July 11, 2006
Excellent school, faculty and facilities.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2006
Excellent school with high level of parental involvement. Accelerated in every aspect including, music, art, sports. Extracurricular activities are varied and appealling. All of the teachers are outstanding and very personable, as is the principal and the administrative assistant. Well worth the tuition.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2006
The school is awesome. My son is has a problem putting forth an effort. So with high school tuition at $15,000 next year we are trying to decide whether to switch him to our local public school which has an outstanding reputation in our area.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2005
Excellent programs--especially science math English and Band. Many extracurricular activities, opportunities for parents to be involved. Tough social atmosphere though.

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July 28, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2005
I am a Korean student who goes to this school. was thinking about transfering to other high school in my sophomore year, before I came to bolles as freshman;however, I changed my mind after I went for a semester, to stay in jacksonville. I found people here at Florida are more friendly to each other than any other parts of America. Also, the Bolles school offers many different subjects, including AP courses, to students, enabling them to challenge themselves. I don't know all the faculty members at this school, but from what i've seen about how they teach and help students impressed me tons. What I like the best about school is its wonderful athlete program. The School offers a comprehensive interscholastic athletic program for both male and female students.

- submitted by a student
July 04, 2005
I attended The Bolles School for 7 years and I am fully satisfied with their services. I believe the most important aspect the Bolles community offers is its environment-from its superior campus and learning atmoshpere to its easily accessable faculty and staff. There is not only emphasis on academics, but sports and the arts as well. Students should have no problem meeting their full potential as all of the necessary tools to do so are there.

- submitted by a student
June 21, 2005
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- submitted by a staff
June 09, 2005
We have two boys at Bolles. Having experienced the school from k-8 to date, I would not consider the Lower School program to be worth the high price. Although by getting the boys in the school at an early age we guaranteed them a place in the high school, which is terrific and very highly recommended indeed, in hindsight we may have been better sending our sons to a Christian private school and then applying to only the High School. We do not celebrate any 'religious' holidays which I personally miss. The middle school is very good. The kids are always challenged, even in kindergarten and the school uses honors and advanced English and Math programs to push the kids. HS has so many opportunities, I wish I was there! The students have great challenges that build their character and train them for college.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2005
Bolles has an excellent academic program, small classes and a faculty that is well-educated and devoted to its job as teachers and educators. The faculty gives many extra hours to the school in activties that are extracurriular or that involve keeping parents informed. There is an excellent book group for parents who want to know what kind of instruction students are getting in English and literature courses. Also, there is an extensive number of AP courses available to students who want to be challenged. A counseling staff works extensively to make sure that all students are college-bound. The school also has a wide range of sports activites that students can become involved in. These include a world-class swimming program and a football team that has won the state championship numerous times.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2005
Academics are excellent, far superior to any school that I have known. My son was involved in a couple of sports and had a wonderful experience-would have been involved in other things, but sports and studying took up most of his time. The parents are really supportive of this school and believe in the way things are done here. My son went in as an average student and came out above average with a chance to go to several top colleges. It made him a better student.

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March 02, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2005
Great variety of courses and outstanding honors and AP programs are available.

- submitted by a former student
January 15, 2005
We love the Bolles School. The teachers are committed to giving each child one on one attention, specifically targeting their individual liking and needs so your child has an overall positive experience and will love going to school. There are many extracurricular activities to choose from from the arts to sports to foreign languages.

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April 17, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
The Bolles School is one of the best schools in the country. We love everything about it, the curriculum, the teachers, the athletics and the administration. Top notch! Excellent!

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February 23, 2004
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- submitted by a community member
February 23, 2004
Bolles brings out the uniqueness of the individual student through extraordinary academics, superior athletics and arts, and strong leadership and service.

- submitted by a student
January 15, 2004
If you are looking for a school that's not trying to fit your child into a box, Bolles is a great choice. They have the resources to challenge each student at his/her own level and find the areas that make him/her unique. Whether you are looking for academics, sports or other activities, Bolles has it all.

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November 06, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
This school is top notch. Academically it has to be one of the best in the country. They provide more than academics. They promote the arts and incorporate drama, art, music, dance into academic themes from kindergarten on up Extracurricular activities are definiately encouraged and their sports programs are excellent. This school will make any student well rounded and ready for the future.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
I have had two sons graduate from this school. Excellent academics and college preparation. Outstanding advisement program and assistance with college planning. Very good extra-curricular program with many choices for the student.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
wonderful academic school with excellent teachers who encourage excellence in the students. wonderful extracurricular activities.great facilities.

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The Bolles School
7400 San Jose Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL  32217
(904) 256-5002
Last modified The Bolles School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
The Bolles School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 63 reviews. Top