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Ricks Center

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.

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

Faculty focus

Faculty Focus: Sean Gillespie, Primary teacher

Mr. Sean, as you might hear him referred to, is so much more than just one of our 1st and 2nd grade teachers. Ask his students or co-workers and they will tell you how lucky we are to have Sean at Ricks! He would do anything for his students- including let them cut his hair... year after year :)

Sean's experience has ranged from teaching and coaching athletics for Jeffco schools, to being an Educational Site Director for Knowledge Learning Corporation.

When Sean started his career, he was teaching adaptive physical education for children with diverse physical and mental disabilities. This will be Sean's thirteenth year with the Ricks center. Fun fact: During his time coaching in Jefferson County, Sean was selected as Colorado's High School Diving Coach of the Year.

Sean Gillespie

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.


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