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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 by the stated deadlines:

  • Kindergarten, Primary and Upper School: January 29, 2016
  • Early Childhood (Preschool and Pre-k): February 5, 2016

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

Application for Early Childhood enrollment includes

  • Application for Enrollment Form
  • Parent Questionnaire
  • Developmental Information Form
  • Application Fee
  • Participation in an informal, play-based interaction of approximately an hour in length with Ricks Center faculty. Visits are set for February 26, 2016. 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.

Application for Kindergarten enrollment includes

  • Application for Enrollment Form
  • Parent Questionnaire
  • Developmental Information Form
  • Application Fee
  • A formal assessment completed by an outside psychologist determining general intellectual ability. The assessment must include an individual test of intelligence: Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC IV) or Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI-IV) or Differential Ability Scale (DAS.)
  • Participation in an informal, activity-based visit of approximately one-and-one-half hour in length with Ricks Center faculty. In this session, the child interacts with peers and faculty without the immediate presence of a parent. During these sessions, the faculty look for overall compatibility with the Ricks Center program.  Visits are set for February 26, 2016.

Admission for Primary enrollment includes

  • Application for Enrollment Form
  • Parent Questionnaire
  • Application Fee
  • Submit samples of student work, school transcript or report card, and a completed teacher recommendation form.
  • A formal assessment completed by an outside psychologist determining general intellectual ability and specific academic talent. The assessment must include an individual test of intelligence: Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC IV). Children must also have an individual achievement test, such as the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT) or the Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement.
  • 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 enrollment includes

  • Application for Enrollment Form
  • Parent Questionnaire
  • Application Fee
  • Submit samples of student work, school transcript or report card, and a completed teacher recommendation form.
  • A formal assessment completed by an outside psychologist determining general intellectual ability and specific academic talent. The assessment must include an individual test of intelligence: Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC IV). Children must also have an individual achievement test, such as the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT) or the Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement.
  • 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.