James S. Rickards High School

An Academically High Performance District

Principal's Message

  • Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:


              Class of 2020

    This has been a tough year that has robbed our senior class of a traditional graduation ceremony and many other significant milestones that occur during 12th grade. 


    On behalf of the faculty and staff, thank you parents/guardians for being such positive role models throughout our time concluding the year via Distance Learning because of the COVID19 pandemic.  The “Drive in a senior, Drive out a Graduate” commencement was a successful event because of your willingness to maintain a growth mindset in an era that has changed all of our lives.


    Parents/Guardians, please reference this week’s listserv messages regarding refunds, diplomas, and transcripts.  You’ll find answers to your most frequently asked questions in those messages.


    Congratulations to the Class of 2020; we will miss you and we wish you much success in all your future endeavors!


              Classes of 2021, 2022, and 2023

    As for our returning students, the rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors, thank you for successfully completing the school year by quickly adapting to Distance Learning.  Parents/Guardians we appreciate your support; Distance Learning could not have happened as well as it did without your help at home.


    Students, today is officially the last day of the 2019-2020 school year. Summer reading assignments are forthcoming; we will provide updates via listserv and on our school’s website.


    Guidance Counselors will be contacting students and parents/guardians next week regarding summer school.  Students who attend summer school will do it remotely through Distance Learning.  The Counselors will provide more information regarding the dates and how the summer school program will work.


    Please return all books, computers and other school property.  If you have something that was left in a PE locker, please set an appointment with Mr. Holmes (holmesr@leonschools.net) to visit and collect your belongings.  For everyone’s health and safety, please wear a face covering (e.g., mask) whenever you visit campus.


    Lastly, beginning June 1, 2020, James S. Rickards High School will use summer operating hours from 8am to 4:30pm Monday through Thursday.  The school will be closed on Fridays.   Please note that the school is still closed to the general public.  If you find that you do need to visit, please call 850/414-5500 to schedule an appointment.


    Douglas Cook



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School Updates



    Seniors, you can pick up your high school diploma from Mrs. Allen in the Main Office on Tuesdays and Thursdays (except June 18th – June 23rd and the week of  June 29th – July 4th) between the hours of 9:00am – 12:00pm and 1:00pm – 3:00pm.

    We will announce IB Diploma pick up at a later date.


    Additionally, if you were not able to pick up your refund checks for senior fees, refund checks for grad bash, senior shirt, and yearbooks for those who have already paid on May 28th, you may pick up  during the times indicated above from Ms. Satchell in the Attendance Office.

    New Student Registration will be held on Wednesdays from 9:00am – 12:00pm. Please see Mrs. Allen or feel free to contact her at allenm2@leonschools.net for more information.



    Please click here for Summer Reading Assignments

    Virtual Summer Reading Book Study

    21st Century will be hosting virtual book studies to provide assistance for summer reading. If you need a book, please contact one of the following individuals to reserve:


    Mr. Sea (sear@leonschools.net / 850-567-8321)

    Ms. Jones (jonest@leonschools.net / 850-320-7399)

    Ms. Presy (presyj@leonschools.net / 850-583-6720

    Dr. McNeil (mcneila@leonschools.net / 850-583-4521)


    Books are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10:00am – 1:00pm in the Caferteria.  The summer reading assignment is attached and posted on the school’s website.






    Please join me in congratulating our 2019-2020 Outstanding Educators of the Year


    Teacher of the Year, Mr. Roosevelt Sea

    Glen Howell Distinguished Educator of the Year, Mr. Robert McBride

    School Related Employee of the Year, Mr. Gregory Perkins




    Seniors, please get in touch with SWI to get your senior portraits taken. This is the picture that will go in the yearbook, be used for your student ID, and potentially used for graduation. Get your portrait done this summer by making an appointment, phone number: 850-425-1010! Please contact Mrs. Madden (maddena@leonschools.net) if you have any questions. 


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

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


    Please email Mrs. Allen at allenm2@leonschools.net to request copies of your transcript


    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


    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. 


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