School Details

James S. Rickards Middle School

6000 NE 9th Ave, Oakland Park, FL 33334
(754) 322-4400
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 885 students 16 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

41%
55%
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59%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Broward average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

42%
53%
55%
47%
58%
57%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Broward average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

17%
48%
51%
42%
59%
56%
28%
46%
47%
72%
83%
79%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

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.
64%
82%
78%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)

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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Broward average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

71%
66%
64%

Florida End-of-Course Assessments (EOC)

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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Broward average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

James S. Rickards Middle School is a public middle school in Oakland Park. The principal of James S. Rickards Middle School is Mr. Ronald Forsman,jr.. 885 children attend James S. Rickards Middle School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 5% of the James S. Rickards Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 77% of the 885 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at James S. Rickards Middle School is 16:1. Dave Thomas Education Center is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 42% 29%
White, non-Hispanic 28% 25%
Black, non-Hispanic 26% 39%
Multiracial 2% 3%
Asian 2% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.09%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 77% 57%
Limited English proficiency 5% 10%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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

  • (2 years ago)

    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!

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

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

  • (2 years ago)

    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!

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (3 years ago)

    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

  • (4 years ago)

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

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (6 years ago)

    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

  • (6 years ago)

    This school need more discipline and better behavoir of the students and teachers

  • (7 years ago)

    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.

  • (7 years ago)

    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!!!

  • (7 years ago)

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

  • (8 years ago)

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

  • (10 years ago)

    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.

  • (11 years ago)

    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!

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