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Ricks Center for Gifted Children

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.

Upcoming events

Early Childhood to grade 1 Transition day

1st grade transition flyer

Thursday, December 6th at 2:15-3:15pm

Do you know what makes first grade different from Kindergarten at Ricks? Try your hand at math, find adventure during Explore, and participate in a community meeting while learning how our program inspires gifted students to make their mark. Teachers, administrators, and current Grade 1 parents will answer questions.

Come experience what makes Grade 1 at Ricks unique for gifted children. Hope to see you there! This event is open to all EC families and is for adults only.


How to Support Your Child's Big Emotions

Jessica Reinhardt

Friday, December 14th at 8:45am

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Jessica S. Reinhardt, Clinical Assistant Professor and Educational Services Clinic Director from the Child, Family, and School Psychology program in the Morgridge College of Education, for an informative presentation on supporting your child's big emotions. Dr. Reinhardt will offer guidance and strategies for helping you and your children work through their strong feelings, and also offer tips for knowing when to seek therapeutic support for your child. Please RSVP to the evite link.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Egyptology Camp at DU

Egyptology Camp at DU

Do your children, ages preschool - 5th grade, have plans for Winter Break?  Join us to learn about "Ancient Egypt:" Where magic and mystery meet.  *You do not need to be a Ricks Center student to attend camp.

January 2nd -7th, 8:30am-3:30pm (Extended care is available from 3:30-6:00pm for $15.  Sign up by the day or for the full week. 

Please click here to register or for more information contact Maggie Wright.


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: Bernadette Howell, Front Desk

Although Ms. Bernadette is technically one of our front desk people/school secretary- she does so much more than that. From welcoming parents and students into the building to tending to sick and injured students, dealing with building issues, paperwork, schedules and everything else that comes with working in a school, she still manages to know every person who walks in the door and greet everyone personally and individually. We are ALL grateful for Bernadette!

Bernadette brings with her 20+ years of clerical/administrative experience and knowledge as well as nearly 12 years in a school setting. Her journey through life has taken her everywhere from a bookkeeper trainer to a CFO to working in schools. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with her, including her devotion to superior customer service and an appetite to always learn! Her most rewarding journey has been the one she started with her husband, Joe, 23 years ago. They have been blessed with two children. When she is at home, she enjoys cooking and hanging out with her four fur babies!

                              Bernadette Howell


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