The Guidance Department of James S. Rickards High School is dedicated to the academic, emotional, mental, social, and physical well-being of every student on our campus. We take a holistic approach with our students as we are concerned not only with how they are doing in class, but also how they are doing in other activities outside of class.
Our Guidance Counselors are prepared to assist you with finding information related to college applications; scholarship searches; dual enrollment; testing; emotional, social, and mental wellness; and a variety of other topics.
Congratulations to our 2017-2018 Best & Brightest Winners
Art: Trenton McCray
Athletics: Pawan Badisa
Business: Ean Scanameo
Career Technical: Anvitha Mandapati
Drama & Performing Arts: Shreya Kondapalli
English & Language Arts: Sarah Halbert
Foreign Language: Brenda Gikunda
Journalism & Media Production: Phillip Wright
Leadership: Tareq Salley
Mathematics: Carson Jones
Music: Josie Kriss
Public Speaking: Katherine Sorrell
Science & Health: Charitha Moparthy
Social Science: Olivia Saunders
Technology: Hana Kiros
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) 1890 National Scholars Program application period is open until January 31, 2018. For more information and to apply, please visit https://www.outreach.usda.gov/education/1890/ .
College Reach Out Program/Engineering
The CROP-ENG High School Program serves students in grades 9-12 who want to attend college and major in a STEM program. The Saturday Enrichment Program begins at 9:00 am and ends at 12:00 pm on every other Saturday during the academic year. The academy meets at the FAMU/FSU College of Engineering.
Services Provided include:
- Test Prep
- Summer Career Exploration
- Design Competition
- Research Opportunities
For more information, contact your guidance counselor or go to: www.eng.famu.fsu.edu/prospective
Talquin Electric is looking for leaders. If you are a leader in your Community, school, or church, then you may be eligible for the Talquin Electric Youth Tour.
In order to Qualify:
- Students must currently be enrolled as a junior
- Students must have a close relative who is currently a Talquin Member
- Students must live in Gadsden, Leon, Liberty or Wakulla
Chosen representatives will participate in a two day conference and be eligible for selection to represent Talquin at a youth conference in Washington D.C.
The deadline is December 8 and applications can be downloaded at: www.talquinelectric.com/about/talquin-youth
2017-2018 Parent Night Dates
- September 26… IB Freshman
- September 28… IB Sophomore and Junior
- October 3… Senior Parent Night (joint) with break out for IB after general / Clearing House begins @ 5:30pm
- October 4… IB College Application Day
- October 6… Non-IB/Non-AVID College Application Day
- October 24… Freshman-Juniors Parent Night
ACE- Credit Recovery
Ace Classes will begin on August 28. 2017, from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, in room 1432.
PERT testing for students who need the score to qualify for Dual Enrollment will take place September 6 and 7. Students who wish to take the test should sign up with Ms. Bradwell in the front office by Friday September 1st .
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at James S. Rickards
The PSAT/NMSQT (or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is a preliminary version of the SAT. Not only does the PSAT help prepare students to take the SAT or ACT, a great score on the PSAT can also open the door to National Merit Scholarships and other awards . The PSAT will be administered to all 10th grade students free of charge ; 9th and 11th grade students wanting to take the PSAT may sign up with Dr. McNeil in the IB office . The cost of the exam is $15.00 .
Military Academy Day
The Office of Congressman Al Lawson Jr. will be hosting Military Academy Day in Tallahassee, Florida August 26, 2017 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at The Bethel Life Center 406 North Bronough Street Tallahassee, Florida 32301. Military Academy Day is a day when students and parents will be able to talk with representatives from each of our Nation’s 5 Military Academy’s about the nomination process, academy life, and any other questions they may have.
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