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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    B-
  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 422 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 55% of students are at least proficient in math and 55% in reading.
Address
5525 Astrozon Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80916
Telephone
(719) 576-8055

James Irwin Charter High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
55%
Percent Proficient - Math
55%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1170
24 responses
Average ACT
26
49 responses
AP Enrollment
33%
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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Cost of Living
    C+
  4. Good for Families
    B+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$56,227
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$958
National
$949
Median Home Value
$222,100
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
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.24 responses
Poll
83%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.24 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 64 responses
Report
  • Bonfire
    28%
  • The dances.
    20%
  • Going to the mountains each August
    17%
  • Frontier Ranch, overnight trip
    16%
  • Almost any opportunity is a chance to bond.
    11%
  • Spirit Week
    5%
  • Homecoming
    2%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
422
Free or Reduced Lunch
36%
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.25 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.25 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.25 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$48,233
Teachers in First/Second Year
28%
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.30 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.30 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.30 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$10,000/ year
National
$12,239
56%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.32 responses
16%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.32 responses
31%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.32 responses
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The academics are generally good, although many of the teachers are either uneducated in teaching or teaching in a field they did not major in. The athletics programs are well below that of other public schools so this is not a place for star athletes looking for challenge and recognition. The disciplinary system is over the top, creating a more hostile and tense learning environment. Students are taught fear instead of responsibility and are sheltered from the real world to a fault. The rigorous dress code provides issues daily from misunderstandings between staff and students and costs students classroom time to remedy silly violations. The school overall does not provide a true high school experience and gives more of the feelings of a middle or elementary schools with its rules and restrictions.
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My experience at James Irwin has been quite dandy, I've been here since 4th grade its been an overall good experience. The education offered is very advanced but taught in a way that its made easy enough for everyone to learn. The sports that are offered are a lot of fun and teach us not only the concept of that sport but the character that has to be shown in order to participate and carry the team. the teachers and staff also contribute a lot to this school, the all take the time to get to know their students and care about them as if they were their own. its a very good place to be in when it comes to high school!
I am a senior at James Irwin Charter High School and I have attended this school since first grade. My overall experience at James Irwin is very positive. James Irwin has challenging academics that push students to work harder and smarter. The teachers are very knowledgeable on the subjects they teach. Because James Irwin is a college prep school we mainly focus on academics, but we still maintain decent sports teams. Although our sport's teams are not the best, it is still a very fun experience going to their games and showing support for my school.