James Rickards High School

  • James Rickards High School serves 1,284 students in grades 9-12.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Math is 21% (which is lower than the Florida state average of 54%) for the 2015-16 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Reading/Language Arts is 38% (which is lower than the Florida state average of 52%) for the 2015-16 school year.
  • James Rickards High School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in Florida for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2015-16 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 21:1 is higher than the Florida state level of 16:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 92% of the student body (majority Black), which is higher than the Florida state average of 60%.

Top Placements

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School Overview

  • James Rickards High School's student population of 1,284 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 61 teachers has declined by 16% over five school years.
School TypeMagnet School
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Total Students1,284 students
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Total Classroom Teachers61 teachers
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School Comparison

  • James Rickards High School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 3,601 schools in Florida (based off of combined Math and Reading proficiency testing data) for the 2015-16 school year.
  • The school's student:teacher ratio of 21:1 has increased from 17:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of James Rickards High School is 0.34, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.46. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2015-2016 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (FL)
Overall School Rank#3014 out of 3,601 schools
(Bottom 50%)
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
21%
54%
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Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
38%
52%
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Student : Teacher Ratio21:116:1
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Asian
6%
3%
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Hispanic
4%
31%
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Black
81%
23%
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White
8%
40%
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Two or more races
1%
3%
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Diversity Score0.340.46
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Graduation Rate
94%
82%
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Eligible for Free Lunch
57%
48%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunchn/a
4%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameLeon School District
Source: 2015-2016 (latest school year available) NCES, FL Dept. of Education

School Notes

  • James S. Rickards High School is a public high school in Tallahassee, Florida. For the 2004-2005 school year, the Florida Department of Education gave the school a D rating after its students scored poorly on standardized tests in reading and math. However, it was ranked 115th in Newsweek's list of 1,000 top high schools, due to the huge number of AP and IB exams taken by some of its students.
  • Rickards has hosted an International Baccalaureate program since 1994, creating a culturally diverse mix of students and a varied ethnic focus. The school has many programs that demonstrate cultural diversity and equality, one of which focuses on traditional dance and clothes.
  • The school's mascot, originally the Rickards Redskins, was changed to the Rickards Raiders in 2000 because of controversy over the term redskin and its racial connotations. The school colors are blue and gold.
  • Rickards is notable for its award-winning Mu Alpha Theta and National Junior Classical League teams, as well as its marching band, which is heavily influenced by the FAMU "Marching 100".
  • Vision: "To provide students with a caring, supportive learning environment that allows them to reach their maximum potential through quality programs, instruction and experiences."
  • Mission statement: "To produce graduates with skills and competencies to succeed on local, state, national, and international levels and who are responsible, self-supporting, and productive members of our society."
  • Marching Band: James S. Rickards High currently has an exceptional marching band, known for their unique high-stepping style.
  • Other: James S. Rickards High also has a noteworthy symphonic band and jazz band.
  • Achievements in Mathematics: The James S. Rickards Math Team is ranked among the top in the nation in Mu Alpha Theta.
  • Recent Results: 2006 Florida State Convention: 3rd Place.
  • 2006 National Convention: 3rd Place.
  • 2005 Florida State Convention: 3rd Place.
  • 2005 National Convention: 4th Place.
  • The members of the Rickards Math Team have also endeavored in other national mathematical competitions such as the American Mathematics Competition (AMC - State and Regional Champions 2003-2006), the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME), the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO), the Princeton University Math Competition, the Harvard-MIT Math Tournament (HMMT), and the American Regions Math League (ARML). Two distinguished members have also served as the captains for the state ARML Team and HMMT Team.
  • In 2005, 4 students from Rickards advanced to the USAMO, and one (Keenan Pepper) received an Honorable Mention with a score of 28 on the USAMO. He was allowed to take the TST (Team Selection Test) when he attended the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program, as did Rickards alumnus Shaanan Shetty in 2002.
  • In 2006, 3 Rickards students advanced to the USAMO. At both the 2006 State and National Mu Alpha Theta convention, Rickards placed third, its highest national placing to date.
  • Other Clubs: Rickards has a multitude of clubs and after school activities, though the Math club is the largest. Some other clubs include: Junior Classical League; Brain Bowl; Physics Club; Junior Engineering Technical Society; National Honors Society; Student Government Association; Future Business Leaders of America; Model U.N.; Florida's Future Educators of America; Spanish Club; French Club; Chess Club; Gospel Choir; ROTC; 20th Century: before and after school programs; Black History Brain Bowl; Reading Raiders Book Club.

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Quality of programs were not excellent, when I was a student at Rickards, however their music and drama courses were wonderful. The teachers were very informed and they kept you on your toes. The things that I learned at Rickards, such as economics & photography, has really made my interests in life that more pleasant.
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