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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
James Rickards High School is an above average, public school located in Tallahassee, FL. It has 1,288 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1. According to state test scores, 51% of students are at least proficient in math and 41% in reading.
Address
3013 Jim Lee Rd
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Telephone
(850) 414-5500
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James Rickards High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
41%
Percent Proficient - Math
51%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1130
184 responses
Average ACT
24
127 responses
AP Enrollment
26%
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Living in the Area
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    C+
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Median Household Income
$42,418
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$957
National
$949
Median Home Value
$185,100
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
60%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.35 responses
Poll
74%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.35 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 91 responses
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  • Pep rallies/ bonfires/ homecoming
    33%
  • Football games and Band events
    29%
  • Pep rallies
    9%
  • AVID college tours
    8%
  • Basketball games
    5%
  • Community service events
    5%
  • Homecoming
    5%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,288
Free or Reduced Lunch
54%
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.37 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.37 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.37 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
21:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$45,739
Teachers in First/Second Year
10.1%
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.46 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.46 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.46 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$10,380/ year
National
$12,239
81%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.48 responses
42%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.48 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.48 responses
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Hi! My name is Joi and I came to THE James S. Rickards High School during the middle of this year. I transferred from a school that I felt didn't give me any help and wasn't willing to help me at all. The vice principal brought me in her office before I transferred and told me that they will do anything and everything they can to help me out now in high school, and get me as many scholarships as I can. Since I've been there, absolutely everything that she said has been true. Just from being there for a little bit, my GPA went from a 3.1 to a 3.5 in just one nine weeks! I highly recommend you send your child here. You and your family will receive love from this school like no other!
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I enjoy the International Baccalaureate program at Rickards High School. I think it is a great opportunity to connect with the world and open students' eyes to life beyond school. Rickards is also great for its college preparation and giving students necessary advice for what comes after college. The faculty and staff are really dedicated to their professions and provide an in-depth education for their students. The class selection here has so much variety that there is a class for almost any possible career. Although I have had a great experience so far, I believe that the current construction on campus is creating a small disturbance for students, especially because of the loud noises. I understand that it is inevitable and the end result will benefit the students as well has the school. Rickards is a good place to learn and I would definitely recommend it to potential students.
I love Rickards! I pleaded my mother to stay all four years because of the great relationships I built with other students, teachers, faculty and administration. They truly care about success and having fun while learning.