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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's Message

Parents and Guardians,
Congratulations to our Black History Brain Bowl Team for taking first place last Saturday, at the Battle of The Brains Competition. They will be representing James S. Rickards High School and our Region at the Annual FEF Brain Bowl and NAS State Summit. We are expecting great things!

National African-American History Month in February celebrates the contributions that African Americans have made to American history in their struggles for freedom and equality that deepens our understanding of our Nation's history. Parents and Guardians, we encourage you to join us in celebrating Black History Month here at Rickards High School.
Douglas Cook, Principal


Florida A&M University Visit: February 27th
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University will be here on Friday, February 27, at 9:30am for a college visit. This visit will be held in the Media Center. One difference this time is that FAMU Student Government Association (including former Rickards Raiders, SGA President and Vice President, former Mr. FAMU, current Mr. FAMU candidate and many more students will be a part of the presentation and available to answer questions our students may have. They will be bringing a portion of the Marching 100 Band, Army ROTC, and Admissions office.

This visit is open for Juniors and Seniors. They will also be hosting the On-Site Admissions for seniors only. Seniors can sign up at the front desk on the clipboard

LCS Parent Survey
In an effort to improve system practices, Leon County School District is conducting a Parent Survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. In order to complete the survey, please click the link below then scroll down to James S. Rickards High School and begin survey. The survey only takes 5 minutes to complete.

LCS Parent Survey: Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.
Douglas Cook, Principal

Omega Psi Phi Scholarship
Due to Spring Break, the Omega Psi Phi scholarship applications are now due March 27, 2015.
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FAMU Scholarship Opportunity
FAMU has a great scholarship opportunity for our students interested in Pre-Med. If you have students with a 3.5 Unweighted GPA, 1800 SAT, or 27 ACT, please let Coach Hankerson know so that he may set up a meeting with FAMU representatives. There are also opportunities within the school of Allied Health for those meeting these qualifications.

Attention Senior Parents - Additional Scholarship Opportunties
  • Any Senior who has a 3.0 or above and will be attending TCC needs to see Ms. Thompson about the TCC Board of Trustees Scholarship by Monday. Rickards will nominate two students and an alternate.

  • Any Senior who has a 3.0 or above and who has demonstrated community service, and leadership should pick up an application from Ms. Snell for the AKA Sorority Scholarship. The due date is February 20. An essay is required.

  • Any Senior who has a 3.0 or above and who has demonstrated community service, and leadership should pick up an application from Ms. Snell for the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Scholarship. The due date is February 27. An essay is required.

  • Students who are interested in applying for an ROTC 4 year scholarship with one of the military branches should contact Ms. Thompson immediately. The deadline for submitting these scholarships is January 30. This is a $180,000 scholarship that pays full tuition and fees, books, and a monthly stipend of $250-$400 per year. Students who get this scholarship will graduate with a Commission as an officer and serve in a branch of the United States military.

    Requirements are:
    • At least a 3.0 GPA
    • Minimum ACT Scores: Math 21 and Verbal 22 or
    • Minimum SAT Scores: Math 520 and Verbal 530

Ms. Linda Thompson,
Guidance Counselor

Spring 2015 Testing Schedule
Date Subject Grade
March 3-10 ELA Writing 9th, 10th, 11th
March 30 FCAT Retakes  
April 2 Algebra I Retakes  
April 13-21 ELA Reading 9th, 10th, 11th
April 27-28 Algebra I EOC  
May 4-5 Geometry EOC  
May 11-12 Algebra II EOC  
May 18 Biology EOC  
May 20 US History EOC  
TBA PERT Testing  

School Choice
March 1st is the deadline to request reassignment for the 2015/16 school year. If you would like to request your children to be reassigned to another school your request must be turned in to the School Choice Office by March 1, 2015.

Please complete the School Choice Form and follow directions below:
  • Fill out the student information, where you are zoned (assigned) and where you would like to be reassigned to (requested school).
  • Take the form to your home zone school as well as your requested school and get the Principal signatures.
  • Once you have gotten the signatures and your form is completely filled out then you can fax it to the School Choice Office at 487-0444. You may not fax it to the schools to request Principal Signatures.

If you live outside Leon County, you must be released by the Superintendent of your resident county. Even if your child has never attended school in the other county we still need your release each year. Feel free to call the Leon County School Choice Office if you have any questions at 850-487-7546 or 850-414-5160. You can also find additional information at

Dear Parents
In order to help our students prepare for success this school year, we're providing Office to every student free of charge. With Office 365, your child will now have access to the latest version of Word, for writing; Excel, for spreadsheets; PowerPoint, for presentations; OneNote, for organization and note taking; and much more.

  • Install on up to 5 compatible PCs and Macs, plus 5 tablets (including iPad!)
  • Use with OneDrive for automatic device syncing
  • Gain valuable skills on the world's most popular productivity software
  • Office subscription lasts for as long as your child is a student here

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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.
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