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James S. Rickards Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 885 students

 

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Posted March 30, 2012

This school has the worst staff, especially the 8th grade teachers. Two different teachers were irresponsible and lost their work. One teacher did not acknowledge the fact that she did lose the work and it made my grade drop down an entire letter grade. The school cut an abundance of sports. Also the lunch is terrible. Do not try the macaroni and cheese because when you flip the tray over none of the mac and cheese will fall off. For the children hat reviewed below me, you cannot write a review if the only expierence you've had with the school was one day in an open house.


Posted February 3, 2012

Rickards middle school is an awesome school it has no bullying i go to North Andrews Gardens Elementary and i went to open house it was great i loved it if your are in the 5th grade please go to Rickards middle


Posted February 1, 2012

Hello! This year this is my last year at Floranada Elementary School! At Rickards Middle, i been to the open house with my aunt! She told more information about helping me catching up! At the school, i was impress what i saw at the school, the school is so clean also no bullying. They have good friends there. The principal gives us some things what they got there, they have clubs and more things that i always wanted! Please TAKE your child here! Its awesome!


Posted December 8, 2011

rickards is amazing because we have free breakfast and free tutoring during lunch and you still have time to eat lunch. Plus our soccer team went undefeated.


Posted November 17, 2011

This is an amazing school!!!! Don't go to Pine Crest or west minester come HERE!!!!!


Posted November 17, 2011

I think that Rickards Middle School is the best school you could send your child to! This year they started the honors academy which is when you work online and you can go head and earn high school and college credits while your still in middle school! There is so much more I could say about Rickards middle school. If you are a parent send your child to Rickards middle school!


Posted November 17, 2011

The new Honors Academy is amazing! Students are completing coursework in record time and going on amazing field trips. Definitely more to offer than a magnet, charter, or private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2011

As a former student at James S. Rickards Middle School, I would like to share with everybody about how highly I think of Rickards. I think that James S. Rickards Middle School has a great teaching staff and wonderful extra curricular activities for everyone. Rickards has extraordinary diversity within the schools learning techniques and very diverse students as well. My final thoughts would conclude that Rickards gives the children space to be themselves and also learn in a very fun and interactive way. Go Rickards rockets! -Seaira Class Of 2010


Posted May 19, 2010

this schoolrocks ive learned soo much love this school i pursade everyone to come to rickads


Posted November 9, 2009

I am in 6th grade this year and i feel the school is an okay school. There are no crossing guards on dixie highway which concerns even me because there are many drivers who choose to run red lights and disobey the traffic signs. When you arrive to the school, the 6th graders are in a seperate area away from the 7th and 8th graders which I think is good because the upper grade seem to have less self disipline and would probably beat up the 6th graders. The clubs are very well organized and fun, but some of the sports have been cut( swimming, softball, and volleyball) due to budget cuts. The administrative staff is bad in my opinoin. The assistant principal blames ALL the children when something goes wrong instead of addressing the issue, they blame it on you and cut privelages.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 18, 2009

I have been very impressed by the principal and staff at Rickards. my child loves the school and has been very successful thus far. This school goes a long way to recognize the students and I am so happy my child is here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2008

I also feel students need more disipline,and a strickter dress code needs to be followed. I have been on campus and heard some of the talk and seen the behavior between classes.Also I feel that the children should not be allowed to hang out at the little store on the corner,that is just screaming for trouble.My child is a new student to Rickards this year from out of state,I was really shocked that there are no crossing guards at Dixie highway and the railroad tracks,the high school down the road has one,it is very stressful trying to get my child to school,I will not allow him to cross such a busy intersection.All the teachers seem very nice and willing to help solve any problem you may be having.All in all I feel it is an ok school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2008

well i have to admit in the beginning of the year i was not happy..i stand corrected..my child has excelled to new heights while at this school..honor society all year...national junior honoor society..and all kinds of awards..the downside is the lack of parent involvement here..there is a lot of good members of the faculty a few loose cannons..but overall alot of support..alot of clubbs and tons of opportunities for the kids to be involved in school ann learn leadership skills..but all he families in this community who have there noses in the air about public verses privae education and shielding their children from other elements of society is what brings this school down..these people should put their children here and get more involved come and volunteer..speak up and change the things you don't like..and we woull have an a rated school every year..my child was never hurt or bullied while attending rickards..good school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2008

This school need more discipline , and better behavoir of the students and teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2007

This school is the type of school you choose to avoid because of the lack of attention the teachers give to their classes. The same goes for the principal who pays very little attention to his students. But overall the teachers are good epecially teams 6b and 7a for they spare time to help their students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 16, 2007

I have been so happy with Rickards Middle School. I was nervous about my child's transition to middle school, but the transition wass great. This school has so many outstanding activities to motivate and recognize students that my child has never been more positive about school. They do an outstanding job in every aspect of the operation and make the parents feel welcome. I am so happy that my child attends Rickards! They set the mark for public education!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2006

Rickards is a fantastic school. Its an A school and its a 5 star. I highly recommend you send your child there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 12, 2006

High quality of academic programs. Electives are available. Extracurricular activities are well supported by the school community. Parent involvement in moderate.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 23, 2004

Last year the school in so many ways could of changed. But this year when I go to do my service hours I see that they've changed in ways that makes the school look great. Being a former student there the princple could've done things to have gotten the students more involved. But since last year was her last year as mine was also in my opinion she slacked off. Overall the teachers were great there and they made waking up and going to that school each and every morning a pleasant feeling. So if anyone has a say otherwise that school in my opinion deserves an A.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 9, 2003

This is a very violent school, it lacks direction from the administration, they're history of fights in this school makes up 1/3 of the whole district. If you can avoid it, do not send your child there!
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

323 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

326 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
47%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

262 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

274 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
46%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2013.

172 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

277 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
50%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2013.

275 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
22%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 79% in 2013.

274 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

270 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 64% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 42% 29%
White 28% 42%
Black 26% 23%
Asian 2% 3%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 77%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 65%53%61%
Master's degree 33%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 2%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 5%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Ronald Forsman,jr.
Fax number
  • (754) 322-4485

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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6000 NE 9th Ave
Oakland Park, FL 33334
Phone: (754) 322-4400

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