Resources for Student Success
Mississippi State University ~ B.S.
Delta State University ~ MA - Counselor Education
Delta State University ~ Education Specialist In Counseling Education
Bethune-Cookman University, BS- Psychology
Webster University, MA- Guidance and School Counseling
Southeastern College, BS~ Business
Liberty University, M.Ed.~ School Counseling
BA- University of Central Florida
MS-Troy University, Counseling and Psychology
Marcus Franklin (Director of Guidance)
University of South Florida ~ B.A.
Webster University ~ MA
Ms. Elizabeth Costa, Records
Ms. Josephine Bragg, 9th Grade Campus
Mrs. Martha Evans
Mrs. Dorothy Fason
The Guidance Office is open on Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Counselors are available from 6:45 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Although walk-ins are welcome, however due to availability, you are highly encouraged to make an appointment.
If enrolling for the first time in Polk County Public schools, you will need:
If returning to Polk County Public Schools, you will need:
If your student is “zoned” for RCHS then we will be able to enroll them when the following documentation has been provided. Different situations require different information, so please read each category to determine which is appropriate. After the student is enrolled and activated, an appointment may be scheduled with the appropriate counselor to complete the registration process and answer questions you may have regarding attending school.
On Wednesday evenings, the College and Career Room is open until 5:00 p.m. This gives both parents and students an opportunity to utilize the many resources available to them beyond the school day. No appointment is needed.
Tutoring has not yet begun for the 2014-2015 school year.
School-wide tutoring is available in the Media Center on Wednesdays from 2:05 p.m. until 4 p.m. Students are welcome to come get help for any subject, including FCAT, SAT, and ACT testing. Teachers and students from various subject areas are available to assist students in the specific academic area needed. No appointment or registration needed.
Tutoring is also available for Advanced Placement classes on Thursdays from 2:05 p.m. until 4 p.m.
You are welcome to contact any staff member by calling the Main Office at 419-3315 or you may email them by going to the Staff link of the RCHS homepage and clicking on their name.
If a student needs to see their counselor, they will need to sign the appropriate counselor’s clipboard with their name, the date, and the time they sign in. The clipboards are located in the Guidance Office at the back counter. Students may also ask their teacher to send the counselor an email requesting an appointment. We do our best to call down students as soon as possible and will get back with the students within a 24 hour period.
Parents and legal guardians may schedule conferences with their student's counselor by calling the office. Parents/guardians may also request to meet with their student’s teachers by contacting the school counselor. Due to teaching schedules, Parent/Teacher conferences are usually scheduled at the end of the school day.
To view your student's attendance, grades, and other account
information, you will first need to complete the application for the
Parent Portal. You may do so in the Guidance Office. See Mrs.
Our Guidance Department makes every effort to track our students’ academic progress for graduation and monitor that they are attending school regularly, however it is imperative that our parents and students take responsibility also by making it a part of their routine to check attendance and academic progress regularly.
In order to request that official records be sent to a college or
university, students need to see Mr. Haun. Please request
transcripts at least one week prior to deadline.
If you need a counselor to write a recommendation letter for a college or scholarship, please notify the counselor at least one week prior to deadline. Also, please give your counselor a copy of your resume including your extra curricular activities.
Dual enrollment allows eligible high school students to enroll in postsecondary courses. They earn credit toward high school graduation and at the same time earn credit toward a college degree. Our students participate in dual enrollment through Polk Community College. Students are permitted to take dual enrollment courses on a part-time basis during school hours, after school, or during the summer term. Dual-enrollment students do not have to pay registration, matriculation, or laboratory fees. Various evening courses are offered on the campus of Ridge Community High School to best accommodate the needs of our students, as well as others in our community. Please see your counselor for more information on the requirements to participate in this program.
Over the summer and during the first week of school, we allow to
students to request a schedule change. We will review and consider
each request, although this does not guarantee a change.
Once the school year is up and running, we no longer make changes to schedules unless there are extenuating circumstances, such as:
Based on Polk County School Board Policy
*A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required for graduation, as well as participation in extracurricular activities.
Interim Reports are sent at ever 4 ½ weeks and Report Cards are
sent at every 9 weeks. Grades are posted to the student’s academic
history as follows:
Semester Courses (18-week courses) will receive a final course grade at the end of the 18-week period based on an average of the two, 9-week quarter grades.
Term Courses (36-week courses) will receive a ½ credit final course grade at the end of the first semester and a ½ credit final course grade at the end of the second semester.