James Irwin Charter Elementary School (JICES), on the Astrozon campus, opened its doors in the fall of 2005. The JICS Board approved it as a Direct Instruction/Core Knowledge school with a faithful Direct Instruction (DI) implementation. DI materials are scripted to ensure the fidelity of the meticulous design and methods. Extensive professional development via training and regular coaching allows teachers to acquire specific teaching skills necessary to the DI approach and to achieve a high level of mastery and teach more in less time. In fact, the DI materials provide a template for the teacher that accelerates their own learning curve in becoming an effective teacher as they apply the same design principles in non-scripted curricula.