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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
James Irwin Charter High School is an above average, public, charter school located in Colorado Springs, CO. It has 429 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 35% of students are at least proficient in math and 25% in reading.
Address
5525 Astrozon Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80916
Telephone
(719) 302-9109

James Irwin Charter High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
25%
Percent Proficient - Math
35%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1170
59 responses
Average ACT
26
69 responses
AP Enrollment
29%
Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$58,158
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,013
National
$949
Median Home Value
$233,100
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.26 responses
Poll
81%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.26 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 70 responses
Report
  • Bonfire
    27%
  • The dances.
    20%
  • Frontier Ranch, overnight trip
    17%
  • Going to the mountains each August
    16%
  • Almost any opportunity is a chance to bond.
    10%
  • Spirit Week
    6%
  • Homecoming
    3%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
429
Free or Reduced Lunch
34%
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.27 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.27 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.27 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$46,359
Teachers in First/Second Year
53.1%
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.32 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.32 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.32 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
$9,755/ year
National
$12,239
59%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.34 responses
15%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.34 responses
32%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.34 responses
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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.
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The school has a good system built on character and ethics, but the academic rigor and level are not actually that wonderful. The school itself is "difficult" and advertised as such, but there is a glaring issue with teacher turnover rates. There are a few gems that are brilliant and inspiring teachers, but for the most part, the school's quality and academic rigor aren't the best. If the college you're preparing for is not academically challenging then this school can seem arduous, but if you're planning on aiming high and trying to attend a prestigious school, then James Irwin Charter High School will seem too easy or not pushing you enough.
I wouldn’t want to change anything about this school. This school focuses on education and helps build students character. We follow a dress code with several strict rules. These lessons teach students to ne conservative and to behave properly. It is also a smaller school where there is no bullying. There are some clubs and sports available. Teachers engage students in their classrooms while learning. Since it is a charter school, it is definately preparing students for college level material.