• Copperwood’s Center for Differentiated Instruction (CCDI) represents the gifted magnet school within the Peoria Unified District. The program opened in 2000 as a multi-aged self-contained classroom at Copperwood Elementary in Glendale, Arizona. Currently, the CCDI predominantly self-contained classrooms serve kindergarten through eighth grade students from across the valley. While there is no cost for the program, transportation needs to be provided by parents.

    Contact our school office (623) 412-4650 for more information. We would love to share our innovative gifted program with you and your family.


    The Questions Most Parents Ask


    Q: What is the goal of CCDI?

    A: The ultimate goals of the CCDI program are two-fold. The first goal of the program is to provide students who have advanced intellectual, academic, and/or creative abilities, which cannot be successfully realized in a traditional setting, the opportunity to dynamically interact with a team of gifted specialists within a rigorous, interdisciplinary learning environment to reach their highest levels of learning and accomplishment. Our second goal is to allow peers of similar aptitudes to interact with one another in a rigorous interdisciplinary learning environment to reach their highest levels of learning and accomplishment.

    Q: How do students qualify for the CCDI program?

    A: Students in grades 3-8 qualify for CCDI based on their performance on the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), while students in grades k-2 are placed in the CCDI Search program based upon data.

    Q: Will my child be totally isolated from the regular education students?

    A: No, Copperwood provides CCDI students opportunities to interact with their grade-level peers throughout the school year.

    Q: Why CCDI?

    A: Students in the CCDI program greatly benefit from this unique and powerfully enriched environment. CCDI prepares students for the demanding rigor required at the next level of educational pursuits.



    School of Choice!

      Arizona A+ School Recognition

    ASBA Golden Bell Award

    Candidate for A+ Exemplary Program

    Arizona State “Excelling” Public School for the last six years

    Rigorous, interdisciplinary learning environment

    Exploration in areas of interest through in-depth independent research

    Student of the Month

    Positive Behavior System

    Student Council

    National Junior Honor Society

    Various Student Clubs/Organizations

    Orchestra, Band & Music