Coming from New Jersey, I was not happy at all to transfer to a school in Florida. Bolles is an awful experience for me. The kids are all rich and spoiled. They're all self centered toward themselves which makes this school even worse. The Honor Code is a never enforced and people that break them are never punished. The teachers usually favorite kids. The kids are always brats who think they are perfect. I was promised to be in a good environment with nice kids but it is definitely the opposite.
I had a great high school experience at Bolles. I see a lot of reviews mention things that I never encountered at Bolles. One reviewer said that it is hard for minorities at Bolles, but as a minority with many friends of various ethnicities, I never once felt that I stood out or had to try harder to fit in. Many reviewers mentioned socio-economic status and wealth, but, once again, I never once saw that. I loved my experience at Bolles and I think that it pushes your academic abilities so that you can be the best that you can. College was a breeze, and I thank Bolles for that!
This naturally varies by department.... Masters degrees are the minimum educational requirement and Bolles employs the largest number of PH.D. Educated faculty in this city. Having said that, the teachers have to tolerate and large amount of arrogance and willful disobedience among a wealthy "could care less" student population ! Faculty also has very little power here as in MOST public schools these days
There is an Honor Court... But like many of the school rule scenarios, there is no real power by this student driven Honor Court to effect a change or administer disciplinary measures for rules that are broken including drugs and drinking and cheating
Coming from another state we enrolled our son in Bolles 4 years ago after reading about all the nice things it had to offer. But soon we realized it was a big mistake. Although the school offers advanced learning in every field, it’s social environment is very challenging. It transformed our son from a happy, confident child into someone gloomy and diffident. He would come home sad and started having nightmares about going to school. The school along with the families promote a cliquey environment and favor their own people, it gets even worse for minorities. Even though our son is extremely bright academically, he was constantly picked on by the teachers, one even called him a cheat and one would purposely ignore him till the very end of the class session to mount up pressure on him. The homeroom teacher would constantly evaluate our socio-economic status and at some point asked us if our house was big enough to accommodate a study area for our son. We pulled him out after a year, although wish we had done it much earlier. Within a year, the school was successful in ripping out my child’s self-esteem, which I believe can be quite damaging in the long run. Glad it’s all over now and my son doesn't want to keep anything that reminds him of Bolles, not even the yearbook! Bolles was definitely not our cup of tea!