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Ricks Center for Gifted Children

Ricks Center

This is where we belong!


Ricks Center for Gifted Children is an innovative leader and model for gifted learning.

Ricks' mission is to empower intellectually gifted children to thrive and achieve their full potential. ​

​We purposefully uncover and tap into students' interests in order to spark and fuel the passion in their minds. ​

We nurture both the intellect and heart, opening new worlds for our students, and preparing them to do more and go further than they ever thought possible, both now and in the future.

This is Ricksfinity!

admissions update

We have limited spaces available for the 2019-2020 school year. Please contact the admissions office to learn more. 

We are currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year for Preschool - 8th grade.  Please visit our admissions page, call 303-871-3715 or email [email protected] for more information or to schedule a tour.  

programming spotlight

As part of their "Farm to Table" unit, 3rd and 4th graders harvested tomatoes, tomatillos, mint, peppers, and cilantro from our garden. Then, students worked at five prep stations to chop, measure, and mix the ingredients. Finally, after a stop at Safeway to learn about their decision-making process around stocking and sourcing produce and to pick up a few extra ingredients - students made delicious pizza sauce and fresh garden salsa.

Farm to Table collage


Faculty focus

Megan Ryan, 4th grade teacher

Megan was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. She attended DU and loves being back on campus. After graduation, Megan spent four years in Houston, Texas where she taught 4th grade in public school. Megan holds her B.A. in History and Spanish, University of Denver and M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Denver.

Megan is passionate about project-based learning, loves teaching math, and is working towards her gifted endorsement. Megan is thrilled to be living in Colorado and loves skiing and enjoying the mountains. She also likes running with friends, trying new restaurants, exploring historical sites, and visiting her family in Alaska and Norway.

Faculty Focus: Megan Ryan

In their own words

"My favorite thing about Ricks Center is that you never have a day without doing something awesome."

 - Ella, age 8

"The teachers always find a way to get us interested and challenge us, so that we are always learning."

-Holden, Age 13

"They help me feel proud because they help me through the work that I need to do, and it just makes me feel proud of myself like I can do anything."

-Tilly, age 8