James S. Rickards High School

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Important Announcements

  • IB Transportation

    New Students to Rickards IB

    • The transportation department will be contacting new students and their parents by Monday to inform them of their stop locations and times. If you have not been contacted by then, the school will be receiving route information very soon as well.  

    Returning IB Students

    • Stops from last year/returning students will remain the same. You may call your respective compounds (Connor Lakes-850-922-6701 or Appleyard-850-488-7572) depending on where you live for route # or time changes. As stated, the location will remain the same.
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  • Dear parents and guardians, 

    Attention Juniors and Seniors, please see the attached Off-Campus Lunch and Parking Applications. All completed and notarized forms may be submitted to the front office starting July 11th, 2022. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with Mr. Cowart at cowartc@leonschools.net

    2022 -23 RHS Parking Application

    2022-23 RHS Off-Campus Lunch Application


    Douglas Cook,


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  • Seniors, you can pick up your high school diploma from Mrs. Allen in the Main Office on Monday-Wednesday (except for the week of July 4th) between the hours of 9 AM - 12 PM

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  • Summer Reading Assignments can be found HERE!

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  • For the LCS Nondiscrimination Notification and Contact, please click here.

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Principal's Message

  • Mr. Douglas Cook - Principal






    Email: cookd3@leonschools.net 

    Phone Number: 850-414-5500

    Dear parents and guardians,

    What a great start to the 2022-2023 school Year! We appreciate you and your child’s patience as we established strong procedures, routines, and expectations that lay the foundation for a positive school culture. It is our mission to make every student feel welcomed, connected, and part of the Rickards High family. This year, we will continue to challenge each student to grow in his or her academic abilities and to be college-industry ready by the end of four years. Our teachers spend countless hours, planning and creating classroom activities to engage our students in learning. Our teachers utilize best practices and analyze academic data to determine current skill levels, and to set goals for academic growth and improvement. Here at James S. Rickards High School, we believe all students should graduate from high school, prepared for the demands of postsecondary education, meaningful careers, and effective citizenship.

    We hope that you will find our website helpful and informative. All school related information can be found on this site. Parents can stay well informed by signing up for our weekly email listserv, following us on twitter, or visiting our school website at https://www.leonschools.net/rickards.

    I am honored to serve as the principal of James S. Rickards High School. It is truly a privilege to be a part of a community where parents, teachers, and students care for each other and strive to build positive relationships that support academic and social growth.


    Douglas Cook,


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Safe Schools Statement

  • 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.

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