Learning Environment

Ricks Center is located in a building completed in 1996. The classrooms are located in the building according to age groups. Classrooms, a science and visual arts laboratory, library, foreign language labs, a multi-purpose room (for physical education, drama, music), and administrative office space are all housed in one building. The science lab, art lab, library and technology areas are new, special features of Ricks Center's facility.

Early Childhood classrooms are contained in their own portion of the building and are designed to accommodate the needs of small children. The height of the windows, bathroom fixtures and classroom sinks are all proportioned for children 3-6 years in age.

Primary and Upper School classrooms are designed to meet the unique needs of these age groups. Specialists have classroom space for these classes and to store appropriate equipment.

Outdoor playgrounds are located on the site, with one designed for Early Childhood students and a shared space for Primary and Upper School children. Students also have access to many University of Denver facilities such as the University's libraries, performing arts centers, health center, and athletic fields.

Ricks Center teachers view the environment as an additional teacher. Careful attention is given to all areas to increase educational, aesthetic and social opportunities for learning.