Cooperwood's CCDI Signature Program

  • Signature Logo Copperwood’s Center for Differentiated Instruction (CCDI) represents the highly 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 capabilities, 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 in order to reach their highest levels of learning and accomplishment. Our second goal is to allow peers of similar aptitude to interact with one another in a rigorous interdisciplinary learning environment in order to reach their highest levels of learning and accomplishment.


    Q: How many students are enrolled in CCDI?

    A: Currently Copperwood Elementary enrolls 840 students, 180 of them are highly gifted and enrolled in our CCDI program.


    Q: How do students qualify for the CCDI program?

    A: Students in grades K-8 qualify for CCDI based on their performance on the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) or by receiving a score of 140 or higher on one of a variety of IQ tests. Students must score in the 97% percentile and above on two or more cognitive measures (verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal) on the CogAT, or have a combined average of 92% on all three test measures. Dual diagnosed gifted students are welcome.


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

    A: No, CCDI students are interwoven with regular education students in PE, music, band, technology, before and after school activities and lunchtime activities. 


    Q: What does an activity look like that would include gifted and regular education students?

    A: Copperwood’s schedule provides a 50 minute daily math hour for the entire campus. Students are able to move up grade levels as appropriate, and regular education students sometimes join a gifted setting and vice versa to allow for flexible instructional math groups to occur.


    Q: How do CCDI students score on the AIMS state assessments ?

    A: CCDI students excel in all AIMS testing areas (Math, Reading and Writing). CCDI students score at the 97 percentile level or better in each area.


    Q: Why CCDI?

    A: Students in the CCDI program greatly benefit from this unique and powerfully enriched environment. CCDI prepares students for the demanding regimes required at the next level of educational pursuits. CCDI students go on to attend the high school honors programs (e.g. International Baccalaureate) and universities of choice.



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    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

    JA Biztown/Exchange City

    Principal’s Academy

    Character Counts

    Student of the Month

    Lunch with the Principal

    Positive Behavior System

    Student Council

    National Junior Honor Society

    Various Student Clubs/Organizations

    SMART Board Lab

    Orchestra, Band & Music



    212 Degree Principal’s Initiative