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Ricks Center for Gifted Children

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About Us

Why Ricks?

Ricks Center for Gifted Children is a nationally recognized model in the field of gifted education.  Ricks Center students are nurtured, respected, and challenged in unique ways that allow them to flourish and reach their full potential.

Why ricks

Hear firsthand from our students - Why Ricks?



Our faculty is specially trained to meet your gifted child’s exceptional learning needs.

  • The faculty at Ricks Center has a deep and profound understanding of giftedness and recognizes the importance of creating an environment where gifted children can thrive intellectually, creatively and emotionally.
  • Our staff and teachers have received numerous awards for excellence in the field of gifted education and are invited to speak at local, national and international conferences.
  • Our highly qualified teachers have an average of 14 years of classroom experience, and close to 75% either hold or are pursuing masters or doctoral degrees.
  • With an average student-teacher ratio of seven-to-one, our teachers can focus on the specific needs, learning styles, intellectual abilities and interests of each child.


Our distinguished program of study is a world model in gifted education.

  • Ricks Center is a recognized leader in gifted education research, curriculum development and implementation.
  • Schools and other learning institutions worldwide have adopted the Ricks Center curriculum model.


Our state-of-the art center is located on the University of Denver campus.

  • The University of Denver provides an unmatched learning environment for young children who are immersed in a culture dedicated to the pursuit of life-long learning.
  • Our students benefit from a variety of amenities and services, such as a world-class university library, performing arts center, health center, and athletic complex.
  • Ricks Center is an integral part of DU’s Morgridge College of Education (MCE). MCE provides faculty consultants, fundraising support, technology services, mentorships, and classroom opportunities for Ricks Center students and faculty.