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Ricks Center for Gifted Children

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

Sungate Kids event

Please join us for a unique program brought to us by Sungate Kids, a non-profit, nationally accredited child advocacy center that serves Colorado's 18th Judicial District. Sungate Kids provides intervention, support, and therapeutic services for families dealing with abuse, and also offers prevention education programming for children and adults throughout the Denver-metro area through its "Sungate Kids SafeKids" programs.

The SafeTalk program is designed to help parents discuss the issue of safety and child sexual abuse with their young children. The program teaches parents how to broach the subject of sexual abuse with children by learning how to be more comfortable discussing the topic, how to use correct, age-appropriate language, how to answer tough questions, and what to do if you suspect abuse has occurred. It's a powerful way for parents to be armed with the best information and tools to keep their children safe. Please RSVP for this important event


We are excited to share our 2019-2020 calendar at a glance....more information to follow.

save the date  - summer at ricks

Summer at Ricks logo

We are excited to announce  Summer at Ricks registration is now open!   To register, please click here.

For camp specific information, please see age groups below. 

Preschool– 2nd grade camps will be play-based with a focus on learning and fun. Each weekly theme will be paired with a different book. Campers will enjoy themes including Space Explorers, Treasure Hunters, A Bug's Life, Kitchen Chemistry, and more.

The NEW 3rd – 8th grade summer programming is centered around science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). Campers will enjoy themes including Rocket Science, The Great Escape, Young Entrepreneurs, Mixed Media Art, Coding w/ Kids, Play-well Legos, and much more.  

2019-2020  School year

Now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year 

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

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


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