Need for Gifted Education
Along with characteristics of giftedness these children have specialized learning needs in the areas of intellectual, social, emotional, physical, aesthetic, and cognitive domains. Just as students with learning disabilities require special services, gifted students also need an environment that can understand and address their unique learning needs. An essential element in this process is to have teachers trained in gifted education to meet the needs of these students.
Ricks Center has been successful in creating a school that addresses these unique needs within a specialized learning environment. Teachers at Ricks Center are highly qualified and understand the construct of giftedness as well as academic content areas. Gifted students at Ricks Center have the opportunity to be in a school setting with other gifted peers who have the same specialized learning needs and affective needs. The combination of the highly qualified teachers, similar peers, and differentiated curriculum provides students an opportunity for success as an individual and as part of a learning community within Ricks Center for Gifted Children.
Learning needs of gifted children are directly related to characteristics. As these needs are met, children thrive, becoming life-long learners passionate about their experiences with a love of tackling new challenges.