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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 [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: Tiffiny Schrandt, Pre-Kindergarten teacher

Tiffiny is another one of our teachers wearing multiple hats while at Ricks and DU. Not only is Tiffiny one of our PreK teachers, but she is also currently attending Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver, where she is completing her Master's degree in Early Childhood Special Education.

Tiffiny has been teaching young children for 18 years. She has taught in both early childhood classrooms and primary classrooms. She has been teaching in the early childhood level at the Ricks Center since 2010. In her spare time, Tiffiny enjoys spending time with her family. Tiffiny is a proud mom to two children, ages 12 and 6.

Tiffiny Schrandt

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