• Gifted and Talented


    Creative Inquiry Program



    2021-2022 Gifted Creative Inquiry Program

    Please see below for the options available for 3rd-6th grade gifted students who choose Creative Inquiry.  Parents of 3rd-6th grade gifted students will receive a letter from the school principal and Creative Inquiry teacher to register for the Creative Inquiry class this school year. 


    Elementary Students Grades 3-6

    Students in grades 3-6 will NOT be travelling to STMS for Creative Inquiry. Instead, students in grades 3-6 will have the opportunity to participate in a Creative Inquiry class at their home school, one day per week.  Students will be grouped in grade-band cohorts (3rd/4th & 5th/6th) during Creative Inquiry classes to increase their collaborative teams and problem-solving skills.  Ms. Brittany Hamberg is our Creative Inquiry teacher and will be traveling to each elementary site every week.  The schedule is as follows:

    • Monday - Horseshoe Trails Elementary
    • Tuesday - Desert Willow Elementary
    • Wednesday - Desert Sun Academy
    • Thursday - Black Mountain Elementary
    • Friday - Lone Mountain Elementary

     If you wish to contact Ms. Hamberg, please click here 

    About Creative Inquiry 

    CCUSD’s Creative Inquiry Class will provide opportunities for students with gifts and talents to explore, develop, or research their areas of interest and/or talent.  Students will use problem-solving model strategies and provide opportunities for interaction with intellectual and artistic/creative peers.


     Students Experience Authentic Learning through
    Problem Based Learning

    Collaboration Pic Students work within collaborative groups,
    learning interdependence with like-minded
         peers, each bringing their own gifts to the
         group dynamic.


    Students investigate, research, and explore the
    real world problems within an area of interest
         (mathematics, biology, computer science, writing, art, medicine, etc.)


    Students design and create a product that…Tech Pic
    - provides a solution to the real-world problem
    - explains the problem and suggests solutions
    - educates the public and increases the awareness of the problem.


    Students share their solutions with a real-world audience…
    - community
    - experts/mentors in the field of study
    - parents
    - younger/other children.