The image of the child affects everything that Ricks Center does for children and with them. It influences how classrooms are arranged, what topics are chosen for study, how students are asked to show what they know, how struggles and successes are handled, and how the school interacts with families. Ricks Center's goal is to empower children to become life-long learners. Teachers want to excite, encourage, and strengthen each child's love of learning. Students are introduced to a wide variety of experiences and provided with the skills necessary to decode and to interpret information. Faculty members create classroom climates that stimulate intellectual inquiry, a desire to learn, and a willingness to experiment.
With an average student-teacher ratio of seven-to-one, teachers can focus on multiple teaching strategies designed to address the specific needs, learning styles, intellectual abilities and interests of each child. The curriculum and instruction are designed to address the whole child, including his or her emotional, intellectual, aesthetic, physical, and social needs. This differentiated educational model is tailored to each student in the context of a community built around an authentic, intellectual peer group. Today, this curricular model is nationally recognized for its success in combining thematic and integrated concepts.