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The Mission of James S. Rickards High School is to produce graduates with skills and competencies to succeed on local, state, national, and international levels and who are responsible, self-supporting, and productive members of our society.

The Vision for Rickards High School is to provide students with a caring, supportive learning environment that allows them to reach their maximum potential through quality programs, instruction and experiences.

Principal Doug Cook

Principal's Message

Dear Parent/Guardian,

The purpose of this message is to inform you that students in specific courses will be taking an End of Course Assessment according to the Leon County Testing Schedule: The Algebra 1 EOC Assessment will be given on September 16th. EOC Assessments are computer-based tests (CBT), and your student has had an opportunity to participate in a practice test to become familiar with the software, item types, and online tools he or she will encounter and use during testing. Please review the following policies with your student before testing:

  • Electronic Devices: If your student is found with ANY electronic devices, including but not limited to cell phones and smartphones, at any time during testing, including breaks (e.g., restroom), his or her test will be invalidated, which means it will not be scored. The best practice is for students to leave devices at home or in their lockers on the day of testing.
  • Testing Rules Acknowledgment: All EOC tests include a Testing Rules Acknowledgment that reads, "I understand the testing rules that were just read to me. If I do not follow these rules, my test score may be invalidated." Prior to testing, test administrators will read the rules to students, and students must acknowledge that they understand the testing rules by signing their names below the statement.
  • Discussing Test Content after Testing: The last portion of the testing rules read to students before they affirm the acknowledgment states, "After the test, you may not discuss the test items with anyone. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting online, for example, on websites like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram." If students are found sharing information about test items, even without the intent to cheat, their tests will be invalidated.
  • Test Invalidations: Students are responsible for working on their own during the test and for protecting their answers from being seen by others. If students are caught cheating during testing, their tests will be invalidated. The FDOE employs a test security company, Caveon Test Security, to analyze student test results to detect unusually similar answer patterns. Student results within a school that are found to have extremely similar answer patterns will be invalidated.
  • Leaving Campus: If your student leaves campus before completing a test session (for lunch, an appointment, or illness, etc.), he or she WILL NOT be allowed to complete the test session. If your student does not feel well on the day of testing, it may be best for him or her to wait and be tested on a make-up day. Please remember not to schedule appointments on testing days.

If you have any questions related to this test administration, you may contact Ms. Jacqueline Goodman, Testing Coordinator at 850-488-1783. For more information about the statewide assessment program, visit the FDOE website at

Thank you for supporting your student as he or she prepares for testing.
Principal Douglas Cook


2014 Fall Testing Schedule
September 15Algebra 1 Retakes
October 6-10FCAT Retakes
October 15PSAT
December 1-12Algebra 1 , Biology , Geometry, US History EOC Retakes

  • National GEAR UP Week: September 22 - 26
    JSRHS Gear Up & Title 1 presents Parent/Student Workshops featuring IT/STEM Career Fair
  • Club and Organization Day: Gear Up – Get Involved in Your School and Community
    • When: Friday, September 26
    • Where: JSRHS Black Top (outside basketball court)
    • Time: 11:15am - 12:15pm

  • Leon County College Fair
    The Leon County College Fair is Monday, September 15th, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Tallahassee Community College.

  • Fall Class Nights
    2011-2012 (12th Grade) Cohort/Clearing HouseWednesday, Oct. 1, 5:30pm
    2012-2013 (11th Grade) CohortWednesday, Oct. 8, 6:00pm
    2013-2014 (10th Grade) CohortWednesday, Oct. 15, 6:00pm
    2014-2015 (9th Grade) CohortWednesday, Oct. 22, 6:00pm

  • Guide To Graduation
    The high school graduation requirements for students entering 9th grade in 2014-2015 from Leon County Schools is now available. This guide and graduation requirements for all cohorts are available on our Guidance Resources page.
    View All Graduation Requirements Cohorts »

  • Useful Resources

Stellar Students

Upcoming Events

  • Monday, Sept. 15: Leon County College Fair, Tallahassee Community College, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Tuesday, Sept. 16: Open House, Report to your Child's 1st Period, 6:15pm
  • Wednesday, Sept. 24: Progress Reports
  • Wednesday, Oct. 1: Class Night for 2011-2012 (12th Grade) Cohort/Clearing House, 5:30pm
  • Wednesday, Oct. 8: Class Night for 2012-2013 (11th Grade) Cohort, 6:00pm
  • Wednesday, Oct. 15: Class Night for 2013-2014 (10th Grade) Cohort, 6:00pm
  • Wednesday, Oct. 22: Class Night for 2014-2015 (9th Grade) Cohort, 6:00pm
  • View more events on our School Calendar