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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
James Irwin Charter High School is a highly rated, public, charter school located in Colorado Springs, CO. It has 404 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 52% of students are at least proficient in math and 57% in reading.

James Irwin Charter High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
57%
Percent Proficient - Math
52%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1160
65 responses
Average ACT
26
71 responses
AP Enrollment
29%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$61,324
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,072
National
$949
Median Home Value
$248,700
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.28 responses
Poll
82%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.28 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 80 responses
  • Bonfire
    25%
  • The dances.
    19%
  • Frontier Ranch, overnight trip
    18%
  • Going to the mountains each August
    15%
  • Almost any opportunity is a chance to bond.
    9%
  • Spirit Week
    8%
  • Homecoming
    5%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
404
Free or Reduced Lunch
35%
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.29 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.29 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.29 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$49,157
Teachers in First/Second Year
53.1%
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.34 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.34 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.34 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$10,065/ year
National
$12,239
58%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.36 responses
14%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.36 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.36 responses
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The academics at this school were amazing! It is a college-prep high school, so the students are groomed to be well-equipped for transitioning to college. However, the reason I only gave it two stars is because of the unnecessarily strict dress code. They allowed the students to wear khakis; blue, gray, and black pants; and non-blue jeans during the school day, but the pant leg was not allowed to cling to the student's leg (it had to "move independently from the leg"). Now, I understand that modesty is important to creating a good learning environment -- that I completely agree with, -- but the dress code that the school enforced was absurd! I once got in trouble because my (color-appropriate) pants were too tight around the ankles! The amount of paranoia that I felt every day walking through those doors, wondering if I would fall prey to the faculty's all-seeing eyes, did nothing to justify the amazing academics offered.
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Overall, James Irwin is a good school. They really value education but are a sometimes too strict in their dress code. I have made really good friends here and have known a lot of people since kindergarten. The band program is growing and needs some financial support, but I loved being in band! The teachers actually care for every student and nothing bad really happens around here. It's also a very small school, so everyone knows everyone, even if you're not that close.
Personally, my time at James Irwin has been very great. All the teachers and administrators have been kind and helpful in my academic learning. They show that they really care and are always available for extra help. There is a great variety of classes to take for all grade levels. The clubs and sports are welcoming and supportive. It was a great way for me to make friends as someone who had just recently moved to Colorado. One thing that I have loved is the diversity at James Irwin school. There are so many different cultures and ethnicities. No one is crude or mingy. Everyone is always involved whether it is the students, teachers, or family members. They are very accepting of everyone and you can feel the positivity. The School has shown that it is a very safe and accepting environment to be in. I wouldn't change a single experience at my time at JI.