Ricks Center Philosophy
At Ricks Center, we have a deep understanding and respect for the extraordinary talents and abilities that distinguish gifted children intellectually, cognitively, creatively, socially, and emotionally. As a nationally recognized center and leader in gifted education, Ricks has the unmatched expertise and commitment to advance the learning of its students and to ensure they reach their full potential. We do so by providing an educational environment and experiences that are informed by our students’ advanced capabilities and individualized needs, including their rapid pace of learning, curiosity, and interests.
This philosophy drives everything we do, including the implementation of our curriculum, the selection of our faculty, and the care of our students.
Ricks Center faculty members are extraordinarily creative, passionate and gifted themselves. Ricks Center recruits and hires teachers who have dedicated their careers to the advancement of gifted learners and education. Across the faculty, our educators have specialized training, extensive experience and advanced degrees in gifted education.
Ricks Center students are motivated and inspired by their peers, who come from diverse backgrounds but often have similar talents, interests, and learning needs. While learning is individualized and based on students’ needs, whole class and small group interaction are an integral piece of the Ricks’ model, as students come together for teacher-led instruction, activities, and problem solving. The combination of a high achieving peer group, uniquely qualified teachers, and differentiated curriculum provides students an unparalleled opportunity for success and the opportunity to learn in a close-knit, supportive community. Click here to learn more about our amazing students.
Based on years of research and classroom testing, the Ricks Center curriculum was designed exclusively for the gifted learner. It incorporates an integrated, thematic model that challenges, stimulates, and engages students as they learn to use information and concepts to solve problems and answer their own questions. This approach fulfills the gifted students’ strong desire to know, perform, and produce at the highest levels.
Building on the success of the Ricks Center curriculum, The Institute for the Development of Gifted Education was established in conjunction with Ricks Center in 1997.