Parking at Leon County High Schools

By turning 16 you not only get the keys to the car, but you also unlock the good fortune of driving to school. But the good fortune is really needed to find a parking spot.

A key to being in high school means you are finally allowed to drive yourself to school, but at most Leon County high schools, you'll only find upper classmen behind the wheel of privilege.

"Junior and seniors have priority, which means freshman and sophomores have to wait their turn, because we only have about 600 spots," said Karl Wise, Dean of Students, Chiles High School.

That leaves plenty of drivers without a parking permit circling the lot.

There are more than 100 students waiting for a parking permit at Chiles High. Which means many of those students find alternative places to park like along the side of the road.

"It hasn't been a problem thus far, but the county is working on giving us more spaces," Wise said.

Across town Rickards High School has even fewer parking spots.

"We have 1,400 students and we have available 278 spots," said Dr. Dana Callen, Rickards High School.

But before you can pull into the lot you have to be a senior or a junior and have a pass.

While the number of applicants varies from year to year, one thing stays the same the number of parking places.

Rickards and Chiles high school students must also hold a 2.0 GPA to park on campus.