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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

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:
Reading RetakesApril 7-11, 2014
10th Grade FCATApril 21-25, 2014
9th Grade FCATApril 28- May 2, 2014
IB/AP Exam ScheduleMay 5 - 20, View PDF »
US HistoryMay 5-6, 2014
BiologyMay 7-8, 2014
Algebra 1May 12-16, 2014
GeometryMay 19-23, 2014

Principal Douglas Cook


  • TCC Summer Institute Application Available
    For rising 9th-12th grade students who are interested in attending Tallahassee Community College's Summer Institute: 2014 TCC Summer Institute Application

  • 2013-2014 FCAT Information
    The following letter offers FCAT test information and policies.
    View FCAT Information Letter »

  • Class of 2015 - Are You Still Dealing with that Pesky FCAT Reading 2.0?
    Would you like an extra chance to get it out of the way? This is a reminder to sign up for the April 12th ACT and the May 3rd SAT in order to get a concordant score to replace the FCAT graducation requirement. If you need assistance in registering and geting your waiver, visit our Gear Up coach, Ms. McNeil in Guidance.

    Also, ACE will be hosting an ACT Prep Class beginning Monday, February 24th here at Rickards. This is a first come first serve program for students in the Class of 2015 who need a Reading Concordant Score. If you would like to know more, see Ms. Thompson in Guidance after school this week.

  • 2013/14 Useful Resources

Stellar Students

Upcoming Events

  • Monday - Friday, April 21 - 25: 10th Grade FCAT
  • Wednesday, April 23: Progress Report Distribution
  • Monday - Friday, April 28 - May 2: 9th Grade FCAT
  • Monday - Tuesday, May 5 - 6: US History EOC
  • Wednesday - Thursday, May 7 - 8: Biology EOC
  • Monday - Friday, May 12 - 16: Algebra 1 EOC
  • Friday, May 16: Last Day for Seniors
  • Monday - Friday, May 19 - 23: Geometry EOC
  • View more events on our School Calendar

From the Administration

Support Rickards - Shop at Target!

Do you have a Target RED Card? Did you know that Target will donate up to 1% of your purchases to James S. Rickards High School through the Take Charge of Education program? This is a really easy way to get money to improve our school. It is hassle-free with just one phone call. Please contact Target at 1-800-316-6142 or visit to register your card to James S. Rickards High School with Identification Number: 41208. As of August 2012, Target gave James S. Rickards High School $527.40. Right now only 28 Target RED Cardholders designate James S. Rickards High School. Let's double that number!