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Ricks Center for Gifted Children

Ricks Center

This is where we belong!


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.

This is Ricksfinity!

Calendar information


Our first priority is to provide 165 days of in-person/in-classroom instruction.  In order to meet our goal of 165 days of in-person learning, we have created two different calendars . The first calendar is our traditional school day calendar and our second calendar incorporates flex days which can be used to provide extra instructional days for different levels of severity. If we are required by CDHPHE to close the school building, or we need to implement smaller class sizes, we may use the flex days to allow us time to get up and running.

Traditional professional development, conferences, and breaks may need to be converted into instructional days which are designated purple in the flex calendar. If students are required to learn from home, a four-day week will be implemented. Please note we have added five days to the beginning of the school year and may use up to ten days at the end of the year to help meet our instructional 165-day goal.

from the classroom...

Embracing the Ricks Value of "Making our Mark," there are two art installations around the Ricks Campus. The first one features PS-PK students (from last year, painted by PS-K students this year), and the second features 2nd-grade students.


Second-grade art students made clay birds, which are a part of this art installation. They spent a lot of time constructing, painting, writing artist statements, and choosing their desired locations. The artwork can be found in the trees near the entryway of the building in the trees in the primary playground area. There are 11 birds in total


Admissions update

We are currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year for Preschool - 8th grade.

Please visit our admissions page or email for more information or to schedule a virtual tour.

faculty focus

Meet our fearless leader, Craig Harrer...

When he isn't busy meeting with students, teachers or parents- you might find Craig teaching a math or debate class, out on the basketball court with students or participating in a virtual middle school social (yes, he did dance.) Wherever you find him, we are very grateful to have him here at Ricks!

Craig is a lifelong innovator, teacher, coach and champion for change in the field of education. He specializes in creative solutions that exist "outside the box." Craig's passion is the implementation of shared leadership structures that create socially just, equitable and sustainable school teams. He is a student focused and community driven leader. A Denver native, Craig's visionary approach helped develop and run the Denver Green School, an innovation school in Colorado for over 6 years. As a consultant he has collaborated with Denver Public Schools to create new school leadership competencies and implement growth and guidance systems. He is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program at the University of Denver. Craig has served in many roles throughout the education sector, including working as a paraprofessional, technology and special education teacher, assistant principal, principal, lead partner and leadership consultant in his over 25 years of educational service.

Craig- Faculty focus


"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