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 are opportunities to excel and if your student is able to navigate the difficult social aspects.... They can handle college anywhere!!
I think you have a better chance at Stanton gaining admittance to a Ivy League college however
Students at this school are notorious for NOT getting along with each other and disrespecting the faculty on many levels. Only a small number of students try academically and try to be character oriented people.... MAYBE 5 percent of the high school students do not regularly drink or use drugs...... It is lacking in true character and no one seems to care
$23,000 a year for tuition !!!!!
This is a popular theory however in practice the only reason ANYONE at Bolles does anything charitable or unselfish is for "brownie" points in the Bolles magazine and on the website or for accumulating hours of service to pad a resume for college entrance. None of the students NEED anything... They have EVERYTHING and most "service" involves WRITING A CHECK TO A CHARITY
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!
My family is newer to the Jacksonville area, coming from a larger metropolitan city. I had heard good things about Bolles and spoke with an admissions representative and toured the lovely campus. The admissions representative I dealt with took quite an unsophisticated approach in questioning my husband and I about our careers, what neighborhood we were considering settling and our family backgrounds. My husband and I both felt that we were being evaluated on our economic status. Further, this representative and another school administrator gave an elaborate dissertation on how many prominent professionals send their children to Bolles. Finally, the admissions representative (maybe with the intention of trying to impress us) shared where she lived and that she is only in this position because it does not require a large time commitment and she is free to travel extensively. These encounters left us with the impression that Bolles places a heavy emphasis on a families socio-economic status. That may be appealing to some families. Not so for us.
I am so pleased with my son's experience here it is everything I've looked for in education. The staff is attentive, dedicated, and hard-working. The coursework is rigorous, but presented in a way that doesn't discourage the students. And the campus is incredibly beautiful. I can't believe my child gets to go to school there.