James S. Rickards High School

An Academically High Performance District

Principal's Message

  • Dear Parents & Guardians



    Governor DeSantis has issued a statewide “Stay At Home” order for all nonessential movement.   This means that we must make more changes at our school that affects all us.

    1. Phase 1 packets will not be distributed next week. If a packet is needed you must contact the main office and it will be mailed. Please make sure your address is correct in the Focus Parent portal. 

      Phase 2 packets – the work that begins April 13th – will not be distributed on campus. 

      If you (or your parent/guardian) need to pick up Phase 2 packets, please contact your Language Arts teacher with your correct mailing address.  The school will mail the packets. 

      You can use the FOCUS grade book to email if you don’t know your teacher’s email address.

    2. Students may return work by scanning and emailing it to the teacher, by using other digital platforms the teacher accepts, by mailing through the post office, or by dropping the work off in the bin at the front of the school Monday through Thursday from 8am to 3pm.  The bin is not available on Friday.

    3. As of Friday, April 3, 2020, the Front Office is closed to the public.  We are still taking phone calls and responding to school business from 8am to 3pm. 

    4. New students from out-of-county may still register by appointment only.  Please call to set an appointment.  While waiting for your appointment, please go to https://www.leonschools.net/Page/23540 and complete the registration package that applies to your situation.

    5. We are not processing in-county registrations at this time – only students from out-of-county may register.

    Parents, Guardians and Students, please communicate at least once per week with each of your teachers.  It is extremely important that we remain engaged and informed.  Meanwhile, please remember to follow the CDC guidelines and do what is in your best interests to remain safe and healthy.


    Refunds Are Coming

    Parents/Guardians and Students, we know that you are due a refund for canceled field trips, student fees,  senior fees and other items for which you have paid.  Please, be patient with us as we work through the refund process.  As soon as we receive direction from the district office on how to proceed with issuing such a large number of refunds at one time, we will immediately begin processing your refunds to you.

    JSRHS Student Curriculum Plan


    Douglas Cook



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  • FIT

School Updates


    Beginning Monday, March 30th, office hours are as follows:

    8:00 am - 3:00 pm Monday - Friday



    Parents and Students, 

    IB Announcement pertaining to May Exams can be found here




    Parents, Guardians, and Students,


    Thank you all for the patience you have exhibited during our transition to Distance Learning.  At this time all Distance Learning Packets packets are now available for download.  Hard Copies will be available for Pickup on Monday, March 30th. 

    Location: Cafeteria Window


    Senior Assignments click here.

    9th - 11th Assignments click here.

    JSRHS Student Success Plan



    Is your internet limited or unreliable?  There are 2 companies that are offering FREE internet service to teachers or students over the next 2 months for qualifying customers.

    a.  Teachers & Students:  https://www.spectrum.com

    b.  Student only:  https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19


    21st Century Community Learning Center

    2020 Summer Program

    June 1st – 26h and July 6th – 16th

    We are thrilled to provide the 21st CCLC Summer Program for six weeks, Monday – Thursday, from June 1 through June 25 and July 6 through July 16 on the campus of Lively Technical College. Operating hours will be 8:30am to 2:30pm. Transportation to and from the program will be available.


    The program will serve incoming 9th through 12th grade students who will be attending James S. Rickards High School during the 2020-2021 school year. The program will provide an opportunity for students to experience academic and enrichment focused learning - activities includes tutoring, college tours, academic advising, leadership mentoring, credit retrieval, and much more!


    Our staff has prepared an interactive and informative program. If your student would like to participate in the 21st Century 2020 Summer Program, registration forms are available on our school’s 21st Century website, in the front office, or click on the link below.  For more information, contact Dr. McNeil (mcneila@leonschools.net) or Mr. Sea (sear@leonschools.net).


    We look forward to providing services to your student to promote academic and personal growth.


    Next steps: Complete the registration packet and return to your 21st CCLC Site Coordinator, JSRHS Main Office, or via email (mcneila@leonschools.net).



    February 1- May 31

    Calling all parents of students with Individual Education Plans (IEP).  The Florida Department of Education wants to hear from you.

    Make your voice heard!  Take the survey on the web at https://www.esesurvey.com/altlogin.php or request a paper copy from your child's school.   For questions about the survey please email: eseparentservices@fldoe.org


    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.



  • 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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