Gifted Education in Peoria Unified

  • District Vision - Every student, every day, prepared to shape tomorrow


    Gifted Services Philosophy

    The Peoria Unified School District believes that not all gifted students are identical. Program modifications for gifted students are sufficiently varied and flexible so that those students are provided stimulating learning experiences and appropriate resources to reach their fullest potential.



    Students will discover new ideas or solutions to situations by using their own thinking processes along with cognitive, creative, and affective learning experiences. Students will uncover the joy of exploration and discovery that will make them lifelong learners.


    State Law

    Arizona Revised Statutes-effective January 1, 2007

    Arizona Revised Statute 15-779 defines a “gifted pupil” as a child who is of lawful school age, who due to superior intellect or advanced learning ability, or both, is not afforded an opportunity for otherwise attainable progress and development in regular classroom instruction and who needs appropriate gifted education services, to achieve at levels commensurate with the child’s intellect and ability.

    Arizona Revised Statute 15-779 defines “gifted education” as appropriate academic course offerings and services that are required to provide an educational program that is an integral part of the regular school day and that is commensurate with the academic abilities and potential of a gifted pupil.

Gifted students at Copperwood

Signature Programs

  • Apache Gifted Academy

    K-2 SEARCH

    3-8 Self-contained

    Apache Elementary School

    8633 W John Cabot Rd., Peoria, AZ 85382


    Copperwood Center for Differentiated Instruction

    1-2 SEARCH

    3-8 Self-contained (highly gifted)

    Copperwood Elementary School

    11232 N 65th Ave., Glendale, AZ 85304


  • Lindsey Griggs
    Gifted Services Coordinator