The Bolles School

7400 San Jose Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32217
The Bolles School is an independent college preparatory school with an international reputation for excellence. Located in Jacksonville, Florida, the School enrolls more than 1756 boarding and day students in Pre-Kindergarten through the 12 grade on four campuses:
Upper School (9 - 12) - San Jose Campus
Middle School (6 - 8) - Bartram Campus  Lower School (PK - 5) - Whitehurst and Ponte Vedra Campus

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 1,756 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $66,750
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $32,200
  • Acceptance rate: 34%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

The Bolles School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 285 schools) for:

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2023 School Data
The Bolles School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
9-12, PG
9-12
Grades Offered (Day)
PK-12, PG
9-12
School Type
Co-ed
Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)
Yes
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1933
1906
Campus Size
52 acres
126 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
1756 students
319 students
% Students of Color
22%
25%
% International Students
7%
20%
% Students Boarding
10%
68%
Average SAT Score
1270
(Out of 1600)
* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)
1140 - 1400
-
Average ACT score
26
(Out of 36)
*National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year
Yes
No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
No
No
Classroom Dress Code
Formal
Boys are not required to wear blazers or ties.
Casual
Average Class Size
15 students
12
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
10:1
7:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
29
18
ESL Courses Offered
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
64%
71%
Summer Program Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$23.2 million
$27 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$66,750
(Includes room, meals and tuition.)
$64,900
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$32,200
(Tuition for Upper School Day students.)
$35,900
% Students on Financial Aid
16%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
$15,213
$24,000
Merit Scholarships Offered
No
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Jan. 31 / rolling
Jan. 15
SSAT Required
Yes
Yes
Average Percentile SSAT
51%
-
Acceptance Rate
34%
60%
Director of Admissions
Kila McCann
Associate Director of Admissions
Mark Frampton

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
29
18
Courses
AP American Government and Politics, AP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Capstone: Research, AP Capstone: Seminar, AP Chemistry, AP Chinese Language, AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English III, AP English IV, AP French V, AP Human Geography, AP Latin, AP Modern European History, AP Physics 1, AP Physics C Mechanics, AP Portfolio 2D, AP Portfolio 3D, AP Portfolio Drawing, AP Pre-Calculus, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Literature and Culture, AP Spanish V, AP Statistics, AP US History, AP World History: Modern

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations
82
23
Extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
American Sign Language, Angels for Allison, Animal Advocacy, Arabic Club, Art Club, Asian Inspiration Multiplied (A.I.M.), Black Student Union, Bolles Buddies, Bolles Future Business Leaders, Bolles Premedical Society, Bolles Supporting First Responders, Building Leaders Today and Tomorrow (BLT2), Bulldogs Fighting Cancer, Caitlin's Closet, Characters for Care, Chess Club, Chinese Club, CISV, Club Council, Community Connections, Computer Science Club, CyberAI Club, D.E.S.C. Club (Downtown Ecumenical Service Council), Debate Club, DIPG Ellie, Dreams Come True, Dungeons and Dragons Club, Equity and Sustainability, Fight Against Hunger, French Club, FTC Robotics Competition Teams, Future Business Leaders of America, Gay Straight Alliance, Green P.E.A.S. Planet, Hispanic Student Union, Honor Council, Hope Across Oceans, Hope for All, India Club, International Community Soccer Alliance, International Student Union, Japanese Club, JaxTHRIVE, Jewish Student Union, Joy for Jax, Junior Mentors, Latin Club, Lower School Academic Counsel, Mind Over Matter, Mission: MOSH, Mock Trial, Nanny's Nation, Operation Smile, Paws-itive Change Club, PedsCare Club, Pen Pals, Pets for Patients, Red Cross Club, Refugee Relief Services, Riverkeeper Club, Ronald McDonald House Club, Senior Women, Soles 4 Souls, Spanish Club, Speech Team, Sporting Clay Club, Student Global Connection Committee, Student Science Advisory Council, Students for Students, Surfrider Club, V.E.T.S. (Veterans Encouraging Teen Success), Video Production Club, Young Life, Youth Against Alzheimer's

Arts and Music Programs:
Advanced Women's Chorus, Bolles Dance Company, Concert Band, Concert Choir, Drama/Theater Productions, Jazz Band, Men's Chorus Ensemble, Women's Chorus Ensemble

College Matriculation

Year: 2023
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Florida State University
16
University of Florida
12
University of North Florida
8
University of South Carolina
5
Tallahassee Community College
4
United States Naval Academy
4
University of Central Florida
4
University of Miami
4
Emory University
3
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
3

School Notes

  • The Bolles School, established in 1933, is a coeducational, college-preparatory school focusing on general academics for day students in grades PreK through 12 and resident students in grades 9 through 12. The school consists of the Upper School San Jose Campus (grades 9 through 12), Middle School Bartram Campus (grades 6 through 8), and two lower schools, Whitehurst Campus (Pre-K through Grade 5), and Ponte Vedra Beach Campus (Pre K through Grade 5).
  • The Bolles School offers a comprehensive college preparatory program. Bolles prepares students for the future by providing them with challenges that promote growth and development in academics, arts, activities and athletics. Moral development is encouraged by an emphasis on respect for self and others, volunteerism, and personal responsibility.
  • A not-for-profit institution, The Bolles School is governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. The School also works with a 30-member Board of Visitors and an Alumni Board, representing more than 6,500 living graduates.
  • The Bolles School accreditations: FCIS NAIS
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Caroline Barlow '07 - 2010 Rhodes Scholar and US Naval Academy Brigade Commander
    • Joseph Kittinger '46 - US Air Force pilot, performed highest and fastest skydive over 100,000 feet as key member of Project Excelsior
    • Ryan Murphy '13 - 6-time Olympic gold medal swimmer
    • Travis Tygart '89 - CEO, United States Anti-Doping Agency
    • Chipper Jones '90 - 7-time Major League Baseball All-Star with the Atlanta Braves, 1999 MVP, 1995 World Champion
    • Jackie Crosby '79 - 1985 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Journalism
    • Kevin Sack '77 - 2003 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Journalism
    • George Scribner '70 - Artist, Director and Imagineer with Disney
    • Anthony Nesty '87 - First Black Male Swimmer to Win Olympic Gold Medal
    • Dee Brown ’86 - former NBA basketball player with the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors, 1991 NBA Slam Dunk Champion, WNBA head coach of the Orlando Miracle and San Antonio Silver Stars
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does The Bolles School cost?
The Bolles School's tuition is approximately $66,750 for boarding students and $32,200 for day students.
What is the acceptance rate of The Bolles School?
The acceptance rate of The Bolles School is 34%, which is lower than the boarding school average of 60%.
Who are famous alumni from The Bolles School?
The Bolles School famous alumni include: Caroline Barlow '07, Joseph Kittinger '46, Ryan Murphy '13, Travis Tygart '89, Chipper Jones '90, Jackie Crosby '79, Kevin Sack '77, George Scribner '70, Anthony Nesty '87 and Dee Brown ’86.
What sports does The Bolles School offer?
The Bolles School offers 19 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Crew, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Diving, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Volleyball and Wrestling.
Does The Bolles School offer a summer program?
Yes, The Bolles School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What is The Bolles School's ranking?
The Bolles School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools for Large student body (number of students), Most extracurriculars offered and High # of AP/advanced courses offered.
When is the application deadline for The Bolles School?
The application deadline for The Bolles School is Jan. 31 / rolling (applications are due on Jan. 31 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 1,756 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $66,750
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $32,200
  • Acceptance rate: 34%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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