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    ACT/SAT Waiver Instructions: If you need instructions on obtaining an ACT/SAT waiver, click here to see the information on the Guidance Webpage.


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  • Dual Enrollment: Students interested in Dual Enrollment for the Spring Semester should see their guidance counselor.  Applications are due by Friday, November 18, 2022

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  • Upcoming Test Dates

    Tuesday, October 25, 2022: PSAT Day

    Thursday, October 27, 2022: School Day SAT

    Tuesday, November 1, 2022: School Day ACT


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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,

    The first part of the 2022-2023 school year has gone by quickly, and it has been an exciting time thus far.  Parents have met with their children’s teachers during Open House, parent conferences and workshops. Our school has completed our first quarter and we are well into our second. 

    As we reflect on the many things for which we are thankful, I want to take this opportunity to share just a few of them with you:  We are thankful for our students who come to school every day ready to learn – their presence reminds us daily, what is important and why we are here.  We are thankful for the continuous support from our parents in creating a healthy partnership for our students.  We are thankful for the teachers, assistants, health aides, bus drivers, secretaries, nurses, lunchroom aides, support staff, therapists and administrators who really care about student achievement and have the best interests of our students at heart.  We are also thankful for our volunteers who enthusiastically contribute so much to our school.

    In these most difficult and challenging times, often, we see dedicated and tireless individuals going above and beyond to make sure great things continue to happen in our school. Let me assure you, as the proud Principal at James S. Rickards High School, your efforts do not go unnoticed. 

    Most importantly, we are thankful to the parents who have kept confidence, faith, and trust in us.  They continue to share their most valuable possessions with us and—in most cases— work hard and advocate being a partner in their children’s education, safety and well-being. For this, you are greatly appreciated, and we are ever so thankful.

    I would like to wish all of you and your families a happy, healthy, and relaxing Thanksgiving Holiday! 


    Mr. 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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