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Ricks Center for Gifted Children

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

Please visit the Admissions section of the website. Forms are available online.

How do I receive more information about Ricks?

Please contact us or attend an Admissions Information Session.

How may I schedule a tour and ask questions about Ricks?

Please contact the Admissions Office at 303-871-3715 to RSVP for an information session or for more information related to your specific questions.

When is the deadline for applying?
  • Early Childhood: January 22, 2021
  • Primary and Upper School: January 15, 2021
What admissions tests are required and how do I go about having my child evaluated?

Ricks Center requires a Wechsler Intelligence Score (WISC) or Differential Abilities Scale (DAS) for students entering third grade and older students. Achievement test scores are also needed in the form of the Woodcock-Johnson or WIAT for students applying to 3rd grade and older.

How many spaces are available in each grade?

Space available is dependent upon the grade level. Most new students enter at the Early Childhood level. A new class of three-year-olds is created each year; there are two classes of four-year-olds. Kindergarten classes have approximately 16 students each. Several openings are available each year at the Primary level and a few spaces may be open at the Upper School level.

Do siblings receive placement preference?

Ricks Center does not have a specific preference for sibling admissions. As Ricks Center is a school designed for a specific population of gifted children, siblings are carefully considered as applicants using the same criteria outlined above. Ricks Center faculty is committed to working with families, when appropriate, to strengthen their bond to the school by providing a common educational experience for their children.

How do I know if my child is gifted?

The Giftedness section of this website will provide you with more information related to the characteristics of giftedness. Information sessions will also provide a more in-depth understanding of the developing gifted child.

Where do Ricks Center students go to high school?

Ricks students are very well equipped to attend their high school of choice. Students typically choose to attend local public high schools or Denver area private schools, or they opt in to public high schools outside of their local area. Students may attend International Baccalaureate programs or high schools with Advanced Placement classes. Faculty members work closely with families during a child’s 8th grade year to assist in the application process to high schools.

Do you offer financial assistance?

Financial aid options are available for those families in need.  Financial aid applications are due February 12, 2021  Financial assistance is need-based, and available on a limited basis.