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Ricks Center

This is where we belong!

Ricks Center 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 2018-2019 calendar is now available!

save the date - summer at ricks

Summer at Ricks

We are excited to announce our 2018 summer programming: Summer at Ricks

Summer at Ricks blends fun summer activities with rich learning experiences. Campers entering preschool – 8th grade will enjoy weekly themes and specialty camps ranging from Grossology to coding and more. 

Programming will be divided by age, and by internal and external providers. Internal programming will be taught by our fabulous Ricks staff. While our external providers are highly sought after throughout the Denver Metro area. Some of these groups will include Coding with Kids,Play-well TEKnologies Lego, 3D printing, and much more.

To register for summer camp, please click here.

School's out - camp programming

Not sure what to do when your kids are out of school?  Join your friends at Ricks for our Ricks @ DU camps!

Camps will be held on following dates: (Dates correspond to the Ricks Center and DPS school schedules)

 For more information, please contact Maggie Wright

 *You do not need to be a Ricks Center student to attend Ricks @ DU camps.

Student spotlight -shannon b. jones passion pursuit award winners

Shannon B. Jones had a gift: to see the soul of each child and each teacher she came to know. She had the amazing ability to communicate with that soul and help children discover themselves. Acting as a mentor to many children, Shannon met and communicated with them as they explored their passions and talents together. Shannon was excited about every passion, no matter the topic. If she didn't have the background knowledge to directly help the child, she found an adult who could, but no matter what, Shannon shared the excitement of discovery and learning with the child and their mentor. It is the desire of Shannon's family and friends to make sure these relationships continue in Shannon's name.

As a part of Shannon's legacy at The Ricks Center for Gifted Children, the Shannon B. Jones Passion Pursuit was established. Each year, a current student or students at Ricks is identified to be the recipient of this gift. An adult that is a part of the Ricks Community works in tandem with the student to explore and expand the student's passion. Together, the two will have the opportunity to study and experience the realm of their passion. With the assistance of the student's mentor the recipient will be responsible for preparing an outline of their passion experience and, if included, an approximate budget within the approved monetary cap established at the onset of their pursuit. At the end of the experience, a written description or project is presented to the members of the Shannon B. Jones Passion Pursuit Committee.

Passion pursuits 2018

 2018 Award winners:

Caroline Berg, Senior recipient, Baking

Ava Lawton, Junior recipient, Musical Theater

Francesca Fucarino, Junior recipient - Animation

parenting gifted children

What do you wish someone had told you about parenting gifted children? 

We welcomed Anne Wolf, our Curriculum Director, to talk to parents about raising gifted children.  For more information, or to see notes from her presentation, please click here. 

While here, Anne shared some words of wisdom she has received about raising gifted children. 

N. - teacher of gifted kids, mom of 3 young adults, 2 who are gifted
"If I could do it again, I would listen more and direct less. Worry less and trust more. Provide opportunities to mess about with various things—blocks when very young, travel when older, electronics, animals, etc. Provide more encouragement than criticism."

K. - mom of a 2-E high school student - dyslexic, math whiz, ice hockey star
I wish I would have educated myself much sooner about how the gifted mind works. ...  Enjoying their process and encouraging all that exploration (despite the mess it can make) is really important. Remind yourself frequently about how fortunate you are to have these "problems".

M. - resource teacher in Florida, mom of a gifted HS junior
Someone who is not a parent and not related is the best person for them to turn to for guidance. Teach them that accepting that you're different is 100% awesome. Also learning how to fail and accepting not looking smart at all times is great. Learning how to value effort over intelligence.  Being aware that everyone doesn't always have resilience or know how to fail.

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