Guidance Department

  • 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. 

GUIDANCE NEWS

  • Scholarship Opportunity

    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:

    • Tutoring
    • Mentoring
    • 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


    Juniors

    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

    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 .


    PSAT

    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.


     

CONTACT

  • MRS. THOMPSON
    SURNAME A-E
    ESOL  COORDINATOR
    CELLA
    ACT/SAT WAIVERS

    MRS. JONES
    SURNAME F-L
    NCAA CLEARING HOUSE
    BRIGHT FUTURES
    DUAL ENROLLMENT
    ACT/SAT WAIVERS

    MRS. SCHMECKENBECHER
    SURNAME M-R
    MILITARY CONTACT
    REFERRAL COORDINATOR (504 CONTACT, HOMELESS CONTACT)
    ACT/SAT WAIVERS

    DR. KING
    SURNAME S-Z
    COMMUNITY GROUPS
    YOUTH LEADERSHIP TALLAHASSEE
    ACT/SAT WAIVERS 

    STUDENT SERVICES

     
     
    MS. BRADWELL
    GUIDANCE SECRETARY

    MRS. GOODMAN
    TESTING COORDINATOR

    MRS. HENDERSON
    VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
    MENTOR
    PARTNERS

    DR. MCNEIL
    ADVANCED PLACEMENT COORDINATOR
    IB ASSISTANT COORDINATOR
    AVID COORDINATOR
    COLLEGE & CAREER CENTER
    SCHOLARSHIPS 

    MS. SATCHELL
    GRADUATION COACH
    AT-RISK COORDINATOR 

    MR. VARN
    IB DEAN OF CURRICULUM
    COLLEGE & CAREER CENTER
    ACCOMMODATIONS FOR COLLEGE TESTING
    COLLEGE VISITS