James S. Rickards High School

An Academically High Performance District

Principal's Message

  • Dear Parents & Guardians


    Student safety is our primary concern as we educate our scholars through the day.  We extend a hearty thank you to Mr. Darryl Jones, our area LCS School Board Representative, for the recent installation of pedestrian crossing lights at the round-about intersection of Orange Avenue and Jim Lee Road.


    For seven (7) years, we have tried to get the City of Tallahassee to install pedestrian crossing lights at the Orange Avenue east-west and Jim Lee Road south.  Our School Board Representative, Mr. Darryl Jones, worked diligently with the City and we now have pedestrian crossing lights to help our students make their way to campus safely.  Thank you, Mr. Jones.


    Douglas Cook



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    Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated is proud to announce the availability of scholarships to young women and men to pursue education beyond high school.  If you are a graduating senior with an academic GPA of 3.0 or higher, exhibit leadership qualities and involvement in school and/or community, please complete your application.  Applications for the 2019-2020 YARN Scholarship can be picked-up from your guidance counselor, Mr. Hankerson or Ms. Haugabrook.


    Parents and Guardians,we are pleased to announce that Rickards High School earned a graduation rate of 93.1% for the 2018-2019 School Year. This is a true reflection of our students and teacher’s hard work and commitment. With your help and continuous support, I am confident that our Rickards High School graduation rate will continue to increase and our students will continue to excel academically.


    Yearbooks are on sale! You can purchase your student a yearbook for $55.00 with cash, check, or money order. Your student can drop off their money to Mrs. Madden in room 23-112, or you can pay online at https://www.walsworthyearbooks.com/ 


    Parents of seniors - we have very limited ad space left, so if you would like to purchase an ad for your senior, get in touch with Mrs. Madden (maddena@leonschools.net or 488-1783) to inquire about a senior ad.


    For those of you that don't know, Pangaea is one of the largest performances we put on here at Rickards, and it is run almost entirely by the students. The performances can be anything from spoken word poetry, comedy, acting, to singing and dancing based on cultures from throughout the world. Highlights from previous years have included beautiful Indian dances, electrifying K-Pop dances, a hilarious Jumanji parody skit, and always some of the best talent students in Leon county have to offer.

    We are well underway with the audition process and filming for Pangaea, but we want to make sure that as many people that want to be a part of Pangaea are able to audition so we will be holding our final auditions in January. Please have your student reach out to Mr. Amstutz in room 1931, amstutzr@leonschools.net, if they would like more information.


    "No person shall on the basis of sex (including transgender, gender nonconforming and gender identity), marital status, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, color, pregnancy, disability or genetic information be denied employment, receipt of services, access to or participation in school activities or programs if qualified to receive such services, or otherwise be discriminated against or placed in a hostile environment in any educational program or activity including those receiving federal financial assistance, except as provided by law.” No person shall deny equal access or a fair opportunity to meet to, or discriminate against, any group officially affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America, or any other youth group listed in Title 36 of the United States Code as a patriotic society."


    Leon County Schools offers the following career and technical programs, including career academies wherein students may earn industry certification: Accounting Operations, Administration Office Specialist, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Technology 1 & 2, Automotive Service Technology 1 & 2, Aviation Maintenance Technology: Aircraft Airframe & Power plant, Barbering, Commercial Foods & Culinary Arts, Commercial Photography 1 & 2, Cosmetology, Digital Design 1 &2, Digital Media/Multimedia Design, Electricity, Legal Administration Specialist, Massage Therapy, Medical Administrative Specialist, Medical Assisting, Patient Care Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Practical Nursing, Web Development, Welding Technology, Welding Technology Advanced. Please see the LTC course catalog for all admission requirements.


    The district prohibits discrimination in the terms and conditions of employment, and in access to educational programs and activities, and prohibits harassment of any individual or group on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or genetic information (and other protected classes included in the district’s nondiscrimination policies).


    Lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation. The district may assess each student’s ability to benefit from specific programs through placement tests and counseling, and, if necessary, will provide services or referrals to better prepare students for successful participation.


    An employee, student, parent or applicant alleging discrimination with respect to employment, or any educational program or activity may contact:

    Dr. Kathleen L. Rodgers
    Equity Coordinator (Students) and Title IX Compliance Officer
    Leon County School District
    2757 West Pensacola Street
    Tallahassee, Florida 32304
    (850) 487-7306

    Deana McAllister,

    Labor and Relations Equity Coordinator (Employees)

    A student or parent alleging discrimination as it relates to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act may contact:

    Karin Gerold, 504 Specialist
    (850) 487-7160


  • Knowing Signals: Parents, Learn the Signals.

    The Leon County School District has partnered with Neighborhood Medical Center and the Foundation for Leon County Schools to produce two public service announcements with the hope of starting conversations between you and your children about their emotional wellbeing. Protecting our students from harm will always be our school district’s top priority, but we cannot do this alone. Please visit www.KnowingSignals.org to find resources and information about the signals our students send us every day.

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  • What Does Your Name Mean?

    Apurva Srivastava serves as a student member on the Leon County School Board. The meaning behind his name is unique, but his belief in family and unconditional love is extraordinary. Apurva is currently a Senior at James S. Rickards High School.

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  • Is Your Classroom Like This?

    LCS teachers are the BEST! But, do you ever find that your students teach YOU something? Click to the left and see if this student makes you pause and think for a moment.

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  • Old Time Road - LCS Video

    LCS principals welcome back students with their own "Old Town Road" music video.

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    We recently spoke to LCS students about bullying, cyberbullying, and suicide. The video is unscripted and offers an authentic dialog about the harm bullying can cause in our schools. Suicide is currently the second leading cause of death for middle/high school students. Please take a moment to watch, and help us share the message during National Suicide Prevention Week.

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  • Remembering September 11th

    18 years ago, Alejandro Zapata was a 7th grade student living in Queens, New York. He described what he and his classmates witnessed from the 4th floor window of their school during the September 11th attacks in New York City. Mr. Zapata is currently a teacher at James S. Rickards High School.

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  • School Zone 2019: Find your confidence and make your mark this school year

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