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: Ms Diana Haward
  • 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 (69 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (63 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-12-04
    "Stay away, at least for now. This formerly great school is spiraling downward quickly. Since the founder left in the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, the school has rapidly fallen apart. Older reviews complain about bad communication with the staff and faculty. They weren't wrong; that's a challenge the school has faced for years. But now things are different. If you're considering Ricks, you MUST ask the following questions of the staff before committing: Ask who controls the school. Unlike other private schools, Ricks is run by DU (Morgridge College) with ZERO parental input. Unilateral fiscal decisions are made without consulting Ricks parents, teachers, or administration. Ask why Ricks is on its 4th director in 18 months (The director has no power at all DU makes the decisions). Ask why Ricks increased some class sizes by 40% while raising student-teacher ratios. Ask why so many families leave Ricks each year. Ask why the school is under capacity. Ask why DU laid off 1/3 of the staff this past summer. It's sad that such a great place has fallen apart so quickly. I hope they get it back together. But for now: run, don't walk, away from Ricks."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-12-04
    "Ricks no longer deserves your brilliant, gifted child (or your money). My child and both of us parents loved Ricks until recently. But they ve changed things for the worse this year. My child, who did great her first two years at Ricks, has completely stopped progressing this school year (2014-2015). She is literally doing the same work she did last year, repeated again. The shared concept of having 3rd-4th graders, and 1st-2nd graders together, works when the teachers are consistent and the class sizes small. This is no longer Ricks. Just imagine a school that doesn t allow parents in the classroom except when they need help throwing a party or a student performance. Imagine a school sneaky enough to require parents to sign contracts just a few days before the admission results are mailed from all other private schools to try to keep you from leaving. Imagine a school that pretends to solicit parent feedback and then literally ignores every request and suggestion. Worst of all, imagine paying $18K for a year of private school, and watching your friends kids learning more, enjoying school more, and getting more out of the public school you ve already paid for through your taxes."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-11-23
    "Ricks is under the directorship of an amazing leader who relates well to parents and, most importantly, students. This school is a haven for truly gifted kids and the results are magical - our children are so happy, challenged and engaged! We love our teachers and the admin team!!!!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-08-17
    "After several years, we have moved our kids. There is a lack of leadership and lack of integrity and respect throughout the Ricks community. Worse yet, there are glaring academic holes, we were left taking our kids to outside resources to learn math basics. We witnessed bullying among students which was continually swept under the rug. The administration fully acknowledged that bullying was occurring, but refused, or had no clue how, to hold students accountable for their actions. We witnessed bullying of teachers by the administration. Most good teachers leave. There is bias toward female students. It s frustrating to receive no communication and not knowing who is in charge. Communicating with unqualified directors (they are on their 3rd in one year) and unqualified administrators is equally frustrating. How does DU fit in to this, no one knows. There is a lack of respect for Ricks amongst peer institutions. Few 8th graders get into their high school of choice. Other schools privately spoke to us of Ricks kids not being prepared academically or socially for secondary schools. DU should fix or discontinue operation of this unhealthy and unsafe environment for children."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-07-15
    "Ricks is an amazing school. The teachers truly care about the students, there is a wonderful student to teacher ratio and, best of all, the students are actually taught to think at this school. It isn't all about learning just facts and figures (they learn these too) but it is more about engaging the student and teaching them how to think critically. This fosters a love of learning that is hard to come by (especially in the gifted and talented population). Our children have really blossomed in this community."
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