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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

We are progressing very well with ELA Testing. We are excited for our 9th and 10 grade students to show the progress they have made in their English and Reading classes. We certainly appreciate you, the parents, for helping us prepare our students for the ELAs and EOCs, and we look forward to your continuous support for the upcoming week as we continue our ELA Testing. Parents, please, encourage your students to eat properly, get the adequate rest, and arrive to classes promptly during testing days to ensure the best performance possible. We know that they will be successful if all of us continue working together for student success. See below for remaining student testing dates:
April 209th Grade ELA Reading
April 219th Grade ELA Reading
April 27-28Algebra 1 EOC

Douglas Cook, Principal


Scholarship Notice
If your a senior and have received a scholarship, please give a copy of your official notification to Mrs. Randolph in room 324 by Friday, May 15th, for publication in the Convocation program.
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Stomping Out Type 2 Diabetes: April 18th
This event will be held Saturday, April 18th at the Tallahassee Museum and includes fun for the whole family, including entertainment and activities. There will be free morning entrance into the museum and gates open at 8:30am, with the event running 9:00am to 11:30am.
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IB and AP Exams
Following is the final AP/IB Exam schedule. The exams will be given this year in the Bloxham Building, 727 S. Calhoun Street. Download/Print 2014-2015 IB/AP Exam Schedule »

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.
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
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 »

Useful Resources

Stellar Students

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, April 18: Stomp Out Type 2 Diabetes Event, Tallahassee Museum
  • Monday, April 20: 9th Grade ELA Reading
  • Tuesday, April 21: 9th Grade ELA Reading
  • Saturday, April 25: Saturday Camp, Algebra 1 / Geometry / Algebra 2
  • Saturday, May 2: Saturday Camp, US History EOC / Biology EOC
  • Saturday, May 9: Saturday Camp, US History EOC / Biology EOC
  • Monday - Tuesday, April 27 - 28: Algebra 1 EOC
  • Monday - Tuesday, May 4 - 5: Geometry EOC
  • Monday - Tuesday, May 11 - 12 Algebra II EOC
  • Monday, May 18: Biology EOC
  • Wednesday, May 20: US History EOC
  • View events on our School Calendar