RICKS CENTER FOR GIFTED CHILDREN

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2040 S YORK ST
DENVER, CO 80210
Phone: 303-871-2982
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 0
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Low
  • Type: Private
  • Grades: Preschool - 8th Grade
  • District:
  • Students/Teacher: 6:1
  • Students/Grade: 23.5
  • Number Students: 235
  • Number Teachers: 40
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: NOT REPORTED
  • Principal: Mr Dan Cohen
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (82 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (76 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-02-27
    "We love this school and believe its philosophy is phenomenal for gifted kids. We have only been in the early childhood preschool-Kindergarten, but our kids are both so excited to go to school every single day. We can truly say that this school and its "gifted" expertise has changed the course of our lives. In our experience, gifted kids are often overlooked but most affected by traditional school practices. What's best about this school is the incredible emotional and social guidance in regards to gifted kids that the staff provides. They are helping these children build incredible inner resources (that they will need!) to succeed in the "regular" world. The daily guidance provided by the preK and Kindergarten teachers for students is worth every penny. Our kids are learning to overcome their perfectionistic tendencies, be more flexible, etc and all staff guidance is tailored especially to every kids strengths/weaknesses. We are thankful that a school like this exists...for all the kids and parents for whom being gifted was always viewed as more of a curse. Thank you to all the dedicated staff at Ricks."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-01-02
    "We feel so blessed to have the opportunity to send our child to the Ricks Center. For him to be with "like-minded" peers has made such a difference in his growth socially this year. His teachers have been phenomenal, and being on campus of DU is icing on the cake. When we talk about our school experience and what our child is learning and experiencing, people can't even believe it. It is truly a special place. There are many good private schools in Denver, but for us, none of them could compare with the whole package that the Ricks Center offers!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-12-22
    "Ricks is the best school ever! This is not a school for people who want to stress their children with an overload of rote learning and old school teaching methods. The children learn through experimenting, exploring and thinking creatively to solve problems. If you want your child to be surrounded by other gifted learners and grow in a safe environment, then Ricks will be the perfect home for your family! We absolutely love it!!!!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-12-19
    "We are currently in our fifth amazing year at Ricks. Each year the teachers have been truly outstanding and the program is exactly what our kids have needed. From our first day there, Ricks has been a great fit and we have been thrilled with the quality of the teachers and the program. Everything about the school is tailored to help gifted kids thrive. Now, no one school is perfect for all kids. We have been with many of the same kids and families for our entire time at Ricks, and the community has been strong and supportive. But sometimes it has just been the wrong fit for either the kids or the parents. The hard cases are where Ricks is clearly just what the kid needs but something is not working for the parents; one can only hope they find as good a fit for their children somewhere else. If you have a child that you think may be benefit from the approach they take at Ricks, I would strongly encourage you to visit the school and talk to some long-time parents. There are many of us there who have a hard time imaging what we would be doing with our kids if Ricks were not here."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-12-19
    "I have been a Ricks parent for the past 4 years. My wife and I are hyper-vigilant about the education our kids receive. I am satisfied that Ricks knows what it's mission is, is currently able to accomplish it, and is growing stronger under its new leadership. Recently, I picked up a book about gifted kids. I was struck that the majority of the book was given to helping the gifted child feel "ok" about themselves, and to strategies for finding a peer group. I put down the book, and felt relieved. My kids are thriving socially at Ricks. They do not view themselves as different at all, because at ricks they are normal. Before Ricks, my children struggled. Right now, both of my kids love to go to school, they are well above grade level in all subjects, and show evidence of education that is more than skills: they display thinking strategies that allow them to make subtle connections, social strategies that allow them to work in teams and resolve conflicts, and deep curiosity and engagement with the world. Ricks is a great fit for our family."
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