James S. Rickards High School

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Principal's Message

  • Dear Parents & Guardians,


    Rickards High School will be returning to a 7-peirod day schedule beginning in Fall of 2021-22. Offering the 7th Period day to our students afford us the opportunity to offer courses and sessions that our students need to graduate. Our goal is to make sure we, as school leaders, are making the best recommendations for our students. We are appreciative to Superintendent Hanna and School Board Members for approving the 7th Period Day implementation. We know from previous years that a 7th Period course offering is a more supportive and equitable schedule and structure for our IB and AP Programs and will allow us to continue providing academic excellence to all students.


    If you are interested in your student having a 7th Period day for the 2021-22 School Year, please make your request known to your child’s counselors via e-mail. Our counselors e-mail addresses are located on our webpage https://www.leonschools.net/rickards

    Douglas Cook,


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School Updates


    Grade 10 FSA ELA Reading: May 3 - 6

    Brck & Mortar Students

    Date: May 3-4

    Time: 7:30  AM

    Digital Academy Students

    Date: May 5-6 

    Time: 8:00 AM

    Grade 9 FSA ELA Reading: May 10 - 13

    Brck & Mortar Students

    Date: May 10-11  

    Time: 7:30 AM

    Digital Academy Students

    Date: May 12-13

    Time: 8:00 AM

    Grades 9th & 10th Make-Up Date : May 14.

    Hello AP Parents and Students:


    In-person AP Exams will be held on the campus of TCC in the English building. Please see attached AP Exam Schedule. If you have any questions/concerns, feel free to email Dr. McNeil at mcneila@leonschools.net.

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    The Leon County Schools’ Title I Office is administering the Family Engagement Survey for Spring 2021. The survey allows our school and the district’s Title I Office to understand the aspects of the parent/family and school relationship. Parents/guardians are given the opportunity to complete the Family Engagement Survey. The information gathered will be used to guide continual improvement within our Title I schools to better serve our students and their families.


    The survey administration period is Thursday, April 8, 2021 through Friday, May 28, 2021

    The Family Engagement Survey is available online and by paper in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, and Swahili. Parents/guardians are able to select their language preference by clicking on the appropriate link:

    English: https://www.papersurvey.io/s/titlei_familysurvey_spr21_eng    

    Spanish: https://www.papersurvey.io/s/titlei_familysurvey_spr21_spa  

    Creole: https://www.papersurvey.io/s/titlei_familysurvey_spr21_ht      

    Swahili: https://www.papersurvey.io/s/titlei_familysurvey_spr21_swa    


    The Florida Department of Education is working with school districts to gather information on how well parents think their child's school is partnering with parents of students with disabilities, and would like to include your input. Your responses will help guide efforts to improve services and results for children and families. This survey is for parents of students with individual educational plans (IEP) receiving special education services during the 2020-21 school year. All information provided will remain confidential.ESE PARENT SURVEY


    The survey window opens on February 1, 2021 and closes on May 31, 2021.

    Click the following link to access the survey:



    James S. Rickards High School will be hosting Saturday Hybrid Academic Camps to provide students with additional assistance with the upcoming May 2021 assessments. The camps will be operated by JSRHS certified teachers from 8 am to Noon. The camp is free of charge and is open to all James S. Rickards High School students. These camps have shown that study sessions make a significant contribution in helping students review and pass standardized assessments.

    To register: Click the link below

    https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=2yopaSqnN0WqJNZ6b1ZCvGyqyOa3_KxJgkF1eoW 5PrVUMkxNS0pQRFFSUEY1OUhWWDlERVBQWUhDUi4u

    To join Zoom sessions Join Zoom Meeting


    Meeting ID: 963 8157 1366

    Passcode: 055842

    (If you have questions regarding study sessions for a particular class, please speak with your student’s teacher)


    The school board has recently updated the mask policy to state that no gaiters, bandanas, or scarves may be used as masks.  Also, a doctor’s note or 504 plan will not suffice for a mask exemption.  Any mask exemption must be a part of an on-file health plan.  You may contact Terri Anderson (andersont@leonschools.net) for more information regarding a mask exemption.



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