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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

April is testing month at Rickards High School. Parents and guardians, I am asking for your continuous support to ensure that our students are better prepared for testing by getting plenty of rest and eating a healthy and balance diet daily. Research from the "American Educator" Winter 2012-2013 found that students who slept for 7-9 hours nightly scored 25% higher on standardized tests than students who slept six hours of less (Willingham 2013). Therefore, parents and guardians, please help us take necessary measures to help our students reach academic success. See the below dates our students will be testing:
April 2Algebra 1 Retakes
April 1310th Grade ELA Reading
April 1410th Grade ELA Reading
April 209th Grade ELA Reading
April 219th Grade ELA Reading
April 27-28Algebra 1 EOC

Douglas Cook, Principal


Scholarship Opportunities: Updated March 27th
New Scholarship opportunities include the 2015 North Florida Gold Cup Awards (due April 10) and the National Association of University Women (due April 17). For more details, visit our Scholarship Information page »

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

Band Information
2015/16 Band information is now available including the Band Calendar, Fundraising Calendar, Summer Camp Information and more. Visit our Band page for details »

Saturday Camps
James S. Rickards High School will be hosting Saturday Camps to provide students with additional assistance with the upcoming Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, US History, and Biology EOCs, as well as the 9th and 10th grade ELAs. The camps will be operated by JSRHS certified teachers from 8am to Noon on the dates indicated below. Saturday camps are free of charge, do not require pre-registration, and are open to all James S. Rickards High School students. Email Ms. Cooley at for further assistance.
March 28, 2015ELA – 9th & 10th Grade
April 4, 2015Algebra 1 / Geometry / Algebra 2
April 11, 2015ELA – 9th & 10th Grade
April 25, 2015Algebra 1 / Geometry / Algebra 2
May 2, 2015US History EOC / Biology EOC
May 9, 2015US History EOC / Biology EOC

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

View Details & Download Instructions »

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 »

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