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Ricks Center for Gifted Children

Ricks Center

This is where we belong!

COVID-19 Update

We are grateful for the support of the University of Denver!  We follow all the DU Covid-19 protocols including weekly testing of all staff and students.   We are proud to share we have a zero transmission rate at our school.    To learn more about the DU protocols or to view the DU COVID dashboard, please visit https://www.du.edu/coronavirus/dashboard 

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Ricks Center for Gifted Children is an innovative leader and model for gifted learning.

Ricks' mission is to empower intellectually gifted children to thrive and achieve their full potential. ​

​We purposefully uncover and tap into students' interests in order to spark and fuel the passion in their minds. ​

We nurture both the intellect and heart, opening new worlds for our students, and preparing them to do more and go further than they ever thought possible, both now and in the future.

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summer at ricks- save the date

Save the date for Summer at Ricks.  Our Summer at Ricks brochure and camp registration will go live in late January.  Please see below for dates and a sneak peak.  

  • Preschool– Kindergarten camps will be play-based with a focus on learning and fun. Campers in Preschool – Kindergarten will enjoy weekly themes and specialty camps with a literacy focus ranging from Rollin' into Summer with Pete the Cat to Abiyoyo and the Little Monsters.  
  • Campers in 1st-3rd grade can choose from specialty STEAM focused camps including Mad Scientist Jr., Game On, Be Your Own Toy Maker, Art-Rageous Kids and more.
  • We are collaborating with Kidz to Pros to run STEAM focused camps for campers in 4th-8th grade.  

When: June 13th - August 12th

Hours: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday
Sunrise Before Care: 7:30 am to 8:30 am 
Sunset After Care:   4:00 pm to 6:00 pm 

Who: Ages 3 (and potty trained) - 8th grade

For more information or to be added to our email list, please contact our Camp Director Maggie Wright.

Admissions update

The application process for the 2022-2023 school year is now open.   For more information about the application process or to schedule a tour, please visit our admissions page or email ricksctr@du.edu. 

school tours and visits

Private Tours:

Given the current COVID situation, we are once again pausing our in-person tours and limiting them to after school visits.  While you won't quite get to see the students in action, you can still see the classrooms and tour the school. 

Virtual Tours:

Step into our classrooms without actually stepping into the building.  Sign up for a virtual tour to learn about our approach to learning and find out what makes Ricks Center a place where we can empower intellectually gifted children to thrive and achieve their full potential.

from the classroom...Farm to table unit- 3rd grade

From the 3rd grade Doves classroom....

What a glorious fall day at Growing Gardens! Their mission is to enrich the lives of the community through sustainable urban agriculture, and they do this in many ways including education, community gardens, CSA, horticultural therapy and plant and food donation. It was a beautiful and welcoming space – in fact, their grounds are open for walks and exploration and would make a great destination for a weekend family walk!

We traced the journey of our food from seed all the way to compost. The concept of “food miles” was introduced and we learned that they should be limited for nutritional reasons and the impact on the environment. We took a tasting tour in the gardens, ask your child what their favorite fruit or vegetable was! We picked apples from a tree and fed the cores to the goats. And we met the Hazel, the llama who protects the goats.

After lunch, we had a lesson on honeybees and discussed the importance of pollinators for our food supply. Students donned bee suits and went into the hive area. Did you know that pollination is responsible for 1/3 of the produce we eat? The class was especially interested in the queen bee and had many thoughtful questions. In fact, we learned so much about bees, but this prompted even MORE questions. The teacher in me loves when this happens, and we will take time in the coming weeks to search for further understanding and answers. Bees are complex and wonderful -- I can’t wait to learn more!

Farm to Table

Faculty Focus

Meet Ms. Jen our multi talented Middle School Math teacher and Instructional Coach.

Jen has a diverse range of experiences that she shares with Ricks. She has been an elementary math coach, a Montessori lower elementary co-teacher, a Montessori Children’s House Lead Guide and a structural engineer just to name a few. She has taught all grades ranging from pre-k through 8th grade. This allows her to know all levels of development for her students and gives her a unique perspective as a teacher and an instructional coach. She enjoys combining her varied experiences to make meaningful connections for the children in her classroom. 
Jennifer and her husband have 3 children all of which have all been identified as gifted. Therefore, she has made it her life work to teach, support, mentor and guide gifted children of all ages. She and her family enjoy music, reading, and anything having to do with the outdoors. 

Fun Facts: As a structural engineer, she was the project lead on the University of Denver's Daniel's College of Business building and she helped design the retractable roof for the Arizona Diamondbacks stadium.

Jen Matteson

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