Pre-Collegiate: Fisher Early Learning Center & Ricks Center for Gifted Children
Fisher Early Learning Center at the University of Denver is an inclusive early learning center that has been in operation since October 2000. Fisher operates year-round and serves approximately 200 children from 6-weeks-old to 6-years-old. Fisher experienced a temporary closure from March 16 through May 15, 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It began a gradual reopening process starting on May 18, with approximately 50 children and 15 staff members returning to the Center under revised policies and procedures. Since then, it continued gradually expanding its capacity, reaching 110 children in June with all teachers and staff having returned. Fisher continues to move to full capacity (approximately 160 children) for the 2020-21 school year, with revised policies and procedures remaining in effect.
The Ricks Center for Gifted Children is a school for gifted learners on the University of Denver campus serving students from pre-school through 8th grade. Ricks provided online learning for K-8 students from March 16 through the end of the 2019-2020 academic year, with a gradual reopening process for PS and PK students starting on May 18. Ricks plans to re-open for the 2020-2021 school year on August 19, 2020, at 100% capacity with in-person learning Monday-Friday and before and aftercare available for students and families. Ricks will continue its mandatory safety protocols, aligned with public health orders. Ricks will also provide virtual learning options for students and families that choose to learn from home.