James S. Rickards High School

An Academically High Performance District

Principal's Message

  • Parents & Guardians,


    We were informed that one of our IB students and his family lost everything, after a fire destroyed their home. The family is currently living with friends. As a Rickards High School Family, our members need our charity and support during this difficult time. It is for this reason, we are collecting clothes and gift cards. If you would like to contribute to our family members, please drop your donation off at Rickards High, Front Office, during our regular school hours, 7:00 a.m., 3:45 p.m. Also, we have secured two boxes, located in the front office, for clothes donations. (Sizes needed: 12 shoe size- male; 10 1/5-12 shoe size- women; medium to large tops male; 32-34 pants male; 8-12 women bottoms; medium to large women tops; beddings and toiletries are needed as well) as the family begin to rebuild. Donations, gift cards, etc., will be accepted throughout the remaining of this school year. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Barnes, at 850-488-1783.  Your unconditional love, support, and contribution, are greatly appreciated.

    Douglas Cook,



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School Updates

  • 2018-2019 Student Testing Schedule




    May  7 and 8

    Grade 9 FSA ELA Reading

    May  13 and 14  

    Geometry EOC

    May 15 and 16

    Algebra 1 EOC

    May  20  

    Biology EOC

    May  22                                 

    US History EOC


    Modified Bell Schedule


    FSA ELA Grade 9 Reading 

    Tuesday, May 7

    Wednesday, May 8

    7:30 – 10:25 a.m.

    1st period (Group A)

    2nd period (Group B)

    10:25 – 11:05



    11:10 - 1:50 p.m.

    2nd period (Group B)

    1st period (Group A)



    Student safety is one of our top priorities here at James S. Rickards High School.  To help us ensure student safety, a new pedestrian crosswalk with flashing lights has been installed in front of James S. Rickards High School.  Instead of traffic simply flowing uninterrupted down the street, there is now a flashing/blinking light to indicate that traffic should stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the street.


    When you approach the crosswalk, come to a complete stop until students are out of the crosswalk.  We need your help to keep our students safe as they cross the street in these well-marked designated areas.


    Please note that Florida Statute 316.130 states that drivers are to “stop before entering the crosswalk and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian, with a permitted signal, to cross a roadway when the pedestrian is in the crosswalk or steps into the crosswalk and is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.” 316.130 (7)(a).


    I appreciate your continued support as the principal of James S. Rickards High School.  As we continue to experience growth in our Southside community, we will experience an increase in the number of students crossing the street for school.  Thank you for helping us to keep them safe as they pursue their high school education with us.



    21st Century Community Learning Center 2019 Summer Institute

    June 3rd - 27th and July 8th - 25th


    If your student would like to participate in the 21st Century 2019 Summer Institute, registration forms are available on the school’s 21st Century website, and in the front office.  For more information, contact Dr. McNeil.


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


    The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) program is a free learning center program that offers a variety of stimulating activities to promote school success and personal well-being in a safe environment for students. Throughout the school year, 21st CCLC provides various activities to students, which includes tutoring, college tours, academic advising, leadership mentoring, credit retrieval, and much more! This summer we are thrilled to provide the 21st CCLC Summer Institute for six weeks, Monday – Thursday, from June 3rd through June 27th and July 8th through July 25th on the campus of James S. Rickards High School. Operating hours will be 8:00am to 1:00pm.


    The Institute will serve incoming 9th through 12th-grade students who will be attending James S. Rickards High School during the 2019-2020 school year. The program will provide an opportunity for students to experience academic and enrichment-focused learning. Students will participate in activities that will challenge and prepare them for high school and college-level success. The summer Institute will also offer a host of fun and exciting enrichment activities.


    Your next steps are to: Complete the registration packet and return on or before June 3, 2019 to your 21st CCLC Site Coordinator or JSRHS Main Office. The earlier the better!

    21st CCLC Summer Institute Application


    Contact Information

    Dr. A. McNeil, 21st CCLC Site Coordinator




    Congratulations to the following student who placed in the State Science Fair last week:
    Tanvi Haldiya- 3rd place in Biomedical and Health Science
    Max Ngnepieba- Recognition award in Plant Science (6th place)



    Jalah Pugh

    Nevada Johnson

    Jaharie Reddick

    Kamareen McClellan

    Leon Meyers

    Each finalist will receive a $40 WHATABURGER gift card to be awarded at the school assembly on March 11th during 4th period in the auditorium.  At the assembly, one finalist will be chosen as the top Presenter to Rickards High School, and the Runners-up will showcase their business model displays at the Junior Achievement Big Bend Shark Bowl reception on April 25, 2019.                                                                                                                                                 



    If you want your child to be accepted into the Rickards IB, Engineering, Health Academy or AVID program, you must fill out an application online.  This can be done by accessing your student’s FOCUS account.  School Choice applications are all submitted through the student’s FOCUS account this year, so you just need to log in to your FOCUS account, click on “my child,” scroll to the bottom of the drop-down menu, and click on school choice. A new screen will pop up that will allow you to select one of the programs at Rickards as your first choice. Once you submit that application, you will be all set.  You can contact the Choice office at 850-561-8484 if you have any problems.  The deadline is March 1.



    Hooray! The first step in becoming a part of James A. Rickards High School Student Government Association (SGA), is done by picking up your application. With great honor this letter is to inform you of your duties and expectation as an officer in SGA. If additional information is needed, please view the James S. Rickards High School Student Government Association Constitution Article VI; Section I; Subsections I-VI which states the class officer duties and it can be obtained from Mr. Sea.


    Each position will be elected by your peers and as a member of James S. Rickards Student Government Association you are a leader and an elite example of what a student should be here at school. The actions displayed MUST be of scholarly standards and requirements. There is a $35.00 fee, which will include polo shirts, name badge, and some working lunches.


    Dates to Remember:  

    Application due – Wednesday, February 13, 2019 by 3:00 pm

    Application Approval Notice – Monday, February 18, 2019

    Campaign Meeting – Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 6pm in Room 1411

    Campaign – February 25, 2019 through March 8, 2019 pm

    Elections – Tuesday, March 12, 2019 in media center during Social Studies and AVID Dept.


    NOTE:  The administration reserves the right to nullify or revoke student eligibility for office if non-fulfillment of duties is an issue.





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