James S. Rickards High School

Leon County Schools Leads the Way

Important Announcements

  • National Hook-Up of Black Women: The National Hook-up of Black Women Summit, scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, February 17, 2024, at 8 AM, has been CANCELED. Thank you for your continued support.

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  • Administration Contact Hours

    Hours: 7:00 a.m. thru 3:30 p.m, Monday thru Friday

    Contact Number: 850-414-5500

    Our Administrative team will respond to your request no later than 48 hours. If you're having an extreme emergency, please send our administrative team an email.                                                                                                                                                                                     

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  • IB/AP Exam Schedule

    Please see the most current draft of the IB/AP Exam Schedule  here. Approved resolutions of IB Exam conflicts for individual students are highlighted on this chart.  If your IB student has a schedule conflict between any IB and AP Exams – or between any AP Exams and an EOC, FAST, or other mandatory statewide assessment – please notify both Mrs. E. Melissa Cooper and Dr. Williams by email as soon as possible, so we can schedule your student for a Late AP Exam.  Late AP Exams are only offered with permission from Mrs. Cooper, our AP Coordinator.

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  • Parents and guardians,

    Are you looking for a safe and academic-driven space for your student? Look no further, the Rickards High School 21st Century Community Learning Center is the place for you. We offer academic support in English and mathematics and our students are currently focused on the American Government through Project Based Learning. We have educational and physical vendors at least once per week to keep our students mentally and physically prepared.

    Click here for application.  Return all applications to Ms. K. A. Satchell satchellk@leonschools.net or Mr. W. Gilmore, gilmorew@leonschools.net.  If you have questions or concerns, please call Ms. Satchell , 850-414-5505

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  • ACT/SAT Waiver InstructionsIf you need instructions on obtaining an ACT/SAT waiver, click here to see the information on the guidance webpage.

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  • Campus Supervision:

    The campus opens for students at 7:00 am and supervision ends at 2:20 pm, unless you are attending a supervised club, activity or athletic practice. 

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  • StarMetro’s STAR Program: This program provides LCS students in grades k-12 free transportation with a STAR Program Card.  Visit this site for information on how to get a STAR Card for your student:  https://www.leonschools.net/STARCard

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  • Families in Transition Program (FIT)
  • Here Comes the Bus App.

Phone: 850-414-5500


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Mr. Douglas Cook - Principal

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Rickards High School Celebrates Black History Month

In honor of Black History, throughout the Month of February, many of our students have been participating in our daily Black History Trivia questions. The names of the students with the correct answers will be placed in our daily drawing with a chance of winning different prizes. This is an opportunity where all students can learn the rich history of African Americans, come together as one, and have fun while they learn.  Additionally, our student winners with poetic and essay-writing talents and original work will be recognized and students will be awarded cash prizes.

Winners will have an opportunity to recite their poems at the Black History Program celebration on February 29, 2024, at 5:30 p.m., RHS Auditorium. 

Class rankings were posted on Monday, February 12th. Students will be able to view their class ranking by requesting a printed copy of their academic history from their guidance counselor.  

Expect great things from the Raiders!


 Mr. Douglas Cook, Principal

Weekly Updates

District Safety


Safe Schools

  • Safe Schools

    Pursuant to federal law, students may not be denied a public education. As such, Leon County Schools is committed to providing a world class education in a safe environment for all students--regardless of immigration status.

    LCS administrators will continue to enforce Board Policy 5540 in relation to non-DCF law enforcement investigations involving students on campus. This policy requires parents’ consent in order to provide access to students unless there is a warrant or an exigent/emergency circumstance such as an investigation involving a missing child.

    LCS counselors have been trained to provide support for students and families who may be impacted by changes to federal law. The safety and security of all our students will continue to be our top priority.

Nondiscrimination Notice

  • “No person shall on the basis of sex, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, color, pregnancy, disability, military status or genetic information be denied employment, receipt of services, access to or participation in school activities or programs if qualified to receive such services, or otherwise be discriminated against or placed in a hostile environment in any educational program or activity including those receiving federal financial assistance, except as provided by law.” No person shall deny equal access or a fair opportunity to meet to, or discriminate against, any group officially affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America, or any other youth group listed in Title 36 of the United States Code as a patriotic society.

    An employee, student, parent, or applicant alleging discrimination with respect to employment, or any educational program or activity may contact:

    Tonja Fitzgerald, Divisional Director
    Equity Compliance Officer (Students)
    Leon County School District
    2757 West Pensacola Street
    Tallahassee, Florida 32304
    (850) 487-7309

    Wallace Knight, Director
    Equity Compliance Officer (Employees)
    Title IX Compliance Officer
    Leon County School District
    2757 West Pensacola Street
    Tallahassee, Florida 32304
    (850) 487-7210

    A student or parent alleging discrimination as it relates to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act may contact:

    Jennifer Benton, 504 Specialist
    504 Specialist
    (850) 487-7317



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