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Ricks Center

This is where we belong!

Ricks Center is a school dedicated to gifted children.  Ricks is a place for children who have strong convictions, who are more intense, more curious and more innovative than their peers. Ricks Center is a place for children who are deeply sensitive, funny, intelligent, passionate and more.

Upcoming events

Middle School Math

Middle School Math Parent Workshop

Have you ever wondered what middle school math looks like today or how it is different from what you learned growing up? Have you wondered what math looks like at Ricks Center for Gifted Children?

Please join us forfor a fun night of mathematics led by Jacklyn Van Ooyik and Jen Mattison. Experience the learning that students engage in during class, understand Ricks philosophy of mathematics learning at the middle school level, and gain valuable strategies to raise a strong math student at home

Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly.

We look forward to seeing you!

2018-2019  School year

Now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year 

Preschool - 8th grade, please call 303-871-3715 or email for more information or to schedule a tour

Our updated 2018-2019 calendar is now available - the first day of school is August 20th.

Be sure to Save the Date for our annual Ricknic on August 16th! 

the power of play

"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play IS serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood." – Fred Rogers

Children possess a natural curiosity about the world around them. When children explore and play, they are following their natural instincts to feed that curiosity and make sense of the world around them. At Ricks, children are given space and time to focus on learning about our world through play. When children are free to pursue their own interests through play, they can gain knowledge and learn many skills.

In other words....

"Almost all creativity involves purposeful play." – Abraham Maslow
"Play is the beginning of knowledge." -George Dorsey
"Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity." -Kay Redfield Jamison

Our Early Childhood program is rooted in the best practices that come from play based learning.

10 Things Every Parent Should Know About Play

Early Childhood play

Faculty focus

Faculty Focus: Sara Jeffers, 3rd/4th grade teacher

It's a family affair for Sara Jeffers. Not only are Sara's two daughters here at Ricks, but her husband Greg helps with our 3rd and 4th grade field day, class field trips, school wide events and much more. We are grateful to be surrounded by Jeffers'!

During her career, Sara has become a member of the National Association for Gifted Children and the Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented. Through her advocacy for gifted children, she has been an advocate for kids to have hands-on, critical and creative thinking education, and incorporates new teaching methods and technologies to provide a stimulating and safe learning environment for kids. Sara has been a teacher at the Ricks Center for 13 years now. In her spare time, Sara enjoys exploring Rocky Mountain National Park with her husband and two daughters. She also enjoys going to Bronco games, reading great books, and cooking for her family and friends.

Sara Jeffers

in the news



During the 2017-2018 school year, with the help of Dean Karen Riley and Josh Davies from Morgridge College of Education and Ali Struzziero, our Innovation Specialist,  we we introduced our new Innovation Space.  Throughout the course of the year, the our Innovation Space allowed students to learn about stop motion animation, coding and Lego robotics.  Our students got the chance to create their own green screen videos and 3D creations on our 3D printer and much more.   To read more about how our Innovation Space click here.

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As a department of the Morgridge College of Education (MCE) at the University of Denver, we are excited to share that the MCE Curriculum and Instruction program with a specialization in Gifted Education has received approval from the Colorado Department of Education to offer coursework leading to Endorsement in the areas of Gifted Education Core, Gifted Education Specialist, and Gifted Education Director. All three endorsements were approved in the State Board meeting on June 13, 2018 and will take effect for the 2018-2019 academic year.  To read the full story, please click here. Our teachers ALL have the opportunity to participate in MCE classes and programs, just another benefit to being part of the University of Denver!


In their own words

"My favorite thing about Ricks Center is that you never have a day without doing something awesome."

 - Ella, age 8

"The teachers always find a way to get us interested and challenge us, so that we are always learning."

-Holden, Age 13

"They help me feel proud because they help me through the work that I need to do, and it just makes me feel proud of myself like I can do anything."

-Tilly, age 8