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Admission

Process

The purpose of the admissions process at Ricks Center for Gifted Children is to identify a match between Ricks Center and a child's individual needs. When considering a student for admission, Ricks Center faculty and administrators utilize multiple forms of data to better understand the whole child.

In order to be considered for admission, a prospective student's application must be completed and submitted along with the $75 application fee.

Applications can be submitted in person or by mail to Ricks Center for Gifted Children, 2040 South York Street, Denver CO 80208 or submitted electronically to amy.jacobs@du.edu .

Applications received after the deadline will be considered if spaces become available.

Application for Early Childhood (preschool - Kindergarten) enrollment includes

  • Application for Enrollment Form
  • Parent Questionnaire
  • Developmental Information Form
  • No testing required. For Kindergarten, if testing is available, parents are asked to submit with application.
  • Application Fee
  • Participation in an informal, play-based interaction of approximately an hour in length with Ricks Center faculty.  Visits will either take place as a classroom visit in one of our current Early Childhood classrooms or on a separate visit day. On the visit day, children are placed in small groups of 8-10 students by age. In this session, the child interacts with peers and faculty without the immediate presence of a parent. During these sessions, the faculty look for characteristics of giftedness and an overall compatibility with the Ricks Center program.

Admission for Primary (grades 1-4) enrollment includes

  • Application for Enrollment Form
  • Parent Questionnaire
  • Application Fee
  • For students applying for 1st or 2nd grade, no testing is required. If testing is available, parents are asked to submit with application.
  • For students applying for 3rd or 4th grade, have your child assessed to determine his or her educational needs. Assessments should be obtained from psychologists who specialize in educational testing and who are experienced in the assessment of gifted children. The assessment must include:
    • An individual test of intelligence, including WISC, DAS, or other district administered ability test such as CogAT or KBIT.
    • A test of achievement completed within the past two years, such as the Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement, the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT), the Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement or other nationally normed assessment.

Children who have been identified as gifted elsewhere should include the identification criteria and documentation with application.

  • Students may visit in the regular classroom or a small group. During the student visit, faculty members may ask a child to participate in a variety of academic tasks. Interactions with peers are observed, and overall compatibility is considered.

Admission for Upper School (grades 5-8) enrollment includes

  • Application for Enrollment Form
  • Parent Questionnaire
  • Application Fee
  • Have your child assessed to determine his or her educational needs. Assessments can be obtained from psychologists who specialize in educational testing and who are experienced in the assessment of gifted children. Assessments can also include other district administered ability tests. The assessment must include:
    • An individual test of intelligence, including WISC, DAS, or other district administered ability test such as CogAT or KBIT.
    • A test of achievement completed within the past two years, such as the Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement, the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT), the Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement, ISEE or other nationally normed assessment.

Children who have been identified as gifted elsewhere should include the identification criteria and documentation with application.

  • Submit school transcript or report card, and a completed teacher recommendation form
  • Students may visit in the regular classroom or a small group. During the student visit, faculty members may ask a child to participate in a variety of academic tasks. Interactions with peers are observed, and overall compatibility is considered.

To RSVP for an information session, email Ricksctr@du.edu or call 303-871-3715. Each applicant is considered on individual merit without regard for financial need, race, color, creed, nationality, or ethnic origin.

Siblings

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 are committed to working with families, when appropriate, to strengthen their bond to the school by providing a common educational experience for their children.