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 with how they are doing in 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. 


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    Leon Works Junior Apprentice

    Earn a paycheck while gaining hands-on experience in a skilled career field!

    Now accepting applications from all Leon County High School Juniors and Seniors attending a Charter, Private, Public or LCS Virtual School!

    The Leon Works Junior Apprenticeship Program is an opportunity for Leon County high school juniors/seniors to prepare for a skilled career – those jobs requiring more than a high school diploma, but less than a four-year degree. By the year 2026, over 70,000 skilled jobs will be available in the Leon County area. To prepare students to fill these jobs, Leon County Government is partnering with CareerSource Capital Region and Leon County Schools to provide students with job readiness training and work experience!

    For one semester, selected students will work in a Leon County department as a Junior Apprentice shadowing and assisting a County staff member in a skilled career field that the student is interested in pursuing. Junior Apprentices will also complete CareerSource Capital Region’s LEAP training to prepare them for entering the workforce after graduation. In addition to gaining valuable work experience and training, Junior Apprentices earn an hourly salary and elective credit toward their high school diploma. Please see the directions and website below.

    Leon Works Junior Apprenticeship website:

    Electronic Application link: Leon Works Junior Apprentice Application

    Although applications are accepted year-round, there are cutoff dates for each semester to ensure adequate time for application review, interviewing and paperwork processing. The application deadline for this upcoming spring semester is October 31st. 

    Please Note:  All applications will be verified for eligibility and accuracy by the School Counselor to be accepted.

















    Welcome back to our returning students and welcome to our incoming ninth graders. Each student at James S. Rickards High School is assigned a specific counselor. Our counselor assignments are listed below.  Feel free to email any questions/concerns. We are here to ensure that students meet high school graduation requirements and provide support for the future. To schedule a conference please contact Ms. Fishburn at 850-414-5500 or via email The scheduling of conferences will begin the week of August 22nd.               

    Ms. A. Bradley (E-F):

    Ms. T.  Jones   (F-L):            

    Dr. K.  King (MR):              

    Ms. M. Davis (s-z):

    How to get an ACT and SAT Waiver

    Step 1: Create your account at:

                 ACT      Click Register

                 SAT               Click Sign up

    Step 2: Send a screenshot of your account to your counselor.

    A-E             F-L

    M-R                S-Z


    Step 3: Once you have the waiver code from your counselor, log back in to your account and select the test date and location. This is when you are actually registering for the test. When you get to the payment page, put in your waiver number.

    Step 4: Complete the registration by uploading your picture and printing your ticket. Make sure you know where and when you test and what you have to bring!

    • Helpful hints- You are permitted 4 waivers for the ACT and 2 waivers for the SAT during your entire high school career. You must be classified as a junior or senior to utilize a waiver.
    • As a Title 1 school, all Rickards students are eligible for waivers.
    • Register EARLY to get the test date and location you want.
    • If you need help at ANY time, reach out to your counselor in GUIDANCE.
    • If you register for a test, you must go and take the test. If you do not, you have wasted your waiver. In addition, you are denying another student their opportunity to test.