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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.

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! 

Faculty focus

Faculty Focus: Meet our Steven A Smith, History teacher, not to be confused with the Stephen A Smith from ESPN.

Steve is a recent transplant to Colorado from sunny Florida. He moved out west with his wife and two dogs and you can usually find him out hiking and exploring this beautiful state when he's not at school. He enjoys the outdoors but also loves to curl up with an interesting book. He is a BIG music lover and you will often see him rockin' out to pretty much anything. Steven holds a B.S. in Secondary Education from the University of South Florida. He has taught 6th, 7th, 8th, and 11th grade Social Studies and is very excited to be a part of the Ricks team!

When we asked Steve to share one of his favorite teaching stories..this one quickly came to mind "I once gave an assignment to research any topic from the 20th century. A student really went above and beyond and created an entire battlefield out of Legos. He even included grass, trees, people, and animals! He examined actual pictures and primary sources to make sure everything was exactly correct. His passion and hard work inspired the other students and soon every project was above and beyond!

Steve Smith

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