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Ricks Center for Gifted Children

Ricks Center students enjoying learning outside of the classroom

Curriculum and Beyond

Beyond the Classroom

Gifted children are extremely curious and learn best when they connect their classroom studies and experiences to the world around them. To inspire our students in their quest for knowledge, Ricks Center provides meaningful learning opportunities outside the classroom that foster independence, encourage creativity, and provide new perspectives.

Field Experiences

Ricks’ students participate in relevant, exciting field experiences that enhance their understanding of a subject and provide valuable hands-on learning. Students may find themselves in a university science lab, a bookbinding factory, a national park, a recycling center, a foreign country, a bank, or a homeless shelter as they learn firsthand about the world around them.

With each new curriculum unit comes the opportunity for field trips or excursions that allow students to apply what they are learning in the classroom to the real world. Connecting the classroom to outside life experiences is an integral part of the curriculum and a powerful method for students to gain knowledge, authenticate learning, build confidence, and develop critical thinking skills. 

Community Service

Gifted children have a strong sense of justice and often demonstrate empathy and compassion for others. Through community service, our students utilize these qualities and gain confidence as they realize their power to make a difference in their community and around the world.  As with other aspects of the curriculum, community service is woven into the unit of study and driven by student interest. For example, a class studying architecture learned about the Salvation Army's canstruction event. The class designed and built an American flag out of cans donated by students. Another class raised money for a wildlife sanctuary after learning about the plight of circus animals. Students studying natural disasters may gather materials to send to displaced children. Others may raise awareness of injustices in another country through role-playing and skits.