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Public charter
Colorado Springs, CO
Students enrolled: 409
Before care: No
After care: No

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5525 Astrozon Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80916

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(719) 302-9109
(719) 576-8071
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December 12, 2014
This is intended for those SEEKING employment here. The admin seems great until you actually work for them. You will receive little support and be subjected to intense securitization (esp. females). Little/no curriculum, old texts, and admin with little experience make working here frustrating. You will be expected to teach subjects you are not qualified to teach. Students only receive a 30 min break and you will receive little support when students act out. Your salary will be between $1700-$1800. Health insurance will cost you around $500 if you have a family. Maternity leave is not covered. Parent activity is not encouraged, so you will be expected to chaperone everything (i.e. camping trip) aka "mandatory fun". HighTrust training is mandatory. This is a torturous event where a self-proclaimed psych "guru" with an agriculture degree subjects you to training. The school pays him an exorbitant amount (that it doesn't have) bc the principal is his biggest fan. Heavy Christian undertones that aren't appropriate in a public school, nepotism, and double standards make working here undesirable. If you don't think these things are true you ought to have language to refute them.

- submitted by a teacher

December 11, 2014
I love working at James Irwin. The focus is on students, where it should be. I could make more money teaching somewhere else, but I cannot seem to put a price tag on respectful students, a culture of high academic and behavioral expectations, dedicated co-workers and leadership, more professional development than I received in all my years of college and working at other schools combined, and did I mention wonderful students? The leadership and teachers are not overly obsessed with test scores, yet we do very well on them because we continue to hold standards high for students. I enjoy supporting and getting to know students through extra-curricular activities such as our all-school retreat, concerts, dances, and sports events. I've never worked with so many teachers who genuinely enjoy working with teens. Many alumni and spouses of alumni have chosen to return here. Many families choose James Irwin for all of their children from elementary through high school.

- submitted by a teacher

September 15, 2014
I have loved having my children at JICHS. My daughter attended all 4 years and graduated, set up well for college and beyond. I also look forward to the coming for years as now my youngest is attending. She was absent from school due to a bug and the teaching staff got back to me in a timely manner and supported her while she got assignments completed and turned in. The administrative staff has also helped with both of my children, making sure that they received all of the help they needed, my son who attended a different high school in a different district, didn't have the same level of support.

- submitted by a parent

August 03, 2014
The teachers give the students very little individual attention and they don't teach you everything you need to know for your homework. The teachers favor certain students that kiss up to them (teachers pet). The lunches make kids puke and is very bad quality. their heaters inside do not work good enough during the winter. The uniforms are very ugly, we look like little cars sells men.

- submitted by a student

April 15, 2014
James Irwin Charter High School is a college prep school. I didn't appreciate this fact until this, my son's senior year. He scored wonderfully on his ACT's and SAT's. He was accepted to all four of the universities that he applied to. The school supports each students' dreams and ambitions through rigorous school work and teacher support. The dress code is business casual which is really no big deal to the kids now. They still can express themselves in appropriate ways. Congrats son and JICHS ... another success story.

- submitted by a parent

April 10, 2014
My school is James Irwin Charter High School. My son graduated from this school and my daughter will be there next. It is a great academic school that allowed my son to be challenged compared to the regular public school. This communication the teachers have with their students awesome. The offers sports and other activities. I am looking forward to my daughter attending next year.

- submitted by a parent

February 26, 2014
Not a good school. All kids are required to take a character and ethics class, but it all ends there. Very little respect, poor leadership, teachers don't stay/last long, and test scores are dropping each year. There are plenty of better choices out there.

- submitted by a community member

September 14, 2013
This school is great academically IF you don't mind a strict dress code, strict dress-code enforcing teachers, the fact that it is Christian-based, and strict teachers in general. I am now a senior (moved here last year) and it's alright. I like the fact that they really do try their best to help you succeed. I don't really like the dress code, which has gotten crazy since last year. I don't really like or care for the other students, especially the other seniors, they're very annoying. Coming from a public school in Hawaii, this school is very different. But I guess it depends on the person, a lot of other people actually like this school. Go to Sierra instead, your life would be a lot less miserable.

- submitted by a student

September 02, 2013
This school is good for your kids if they fit in "the box". Beware if they are struggling in any subject. The teachers don't know what to do because a lot of them are new/young teachers and don't know how to help the students who are struggling. My child started at the elementary school and I never imagined leaving this school but we did. We put up with the overbearing principal and vice principal at the elementary school. We put up with all of the strictness of all the schools. We saw this as a good school with high character. When we started having academic trouble with my student, we called numerous times to speak to the principal and another teacher and NEVER heard anything back from them. If you jump through all of their hoops that are asked of you and don't ask for anything else, then everything will go well. As long as you go along and do everything that is asked of you it's great. It's when you need to stand up for your child then they are "too busy" to deal with you. Very disappointed.

- submitted by a parent

June 08, 2013
This school iss just the best thing that happened to Colorado Springs in a long time. Although limited with factors like money/funds it makes the most out of what it has. I have had the best school years while my time in this school.

- submitted by a student

June 08, 2013
This school is one of great excellence. It really prepares students for a life of success. Although it is not located in the best location it stands out, showing it greatness. This school offers programs and opportunities that further student success. There is truly no other school like this one.

- submitted by a parent

April 04, 2013
There are other GREAT schools out there where you don't have to put up with archaic rules and dress codes that are only enforced on kids who are not the "pets" of the school! I don't like the fact that the dean was very condescending with me, but it did not surprise me as that is the typical culture in CO Springs on a whole. My child absolutely LOVES 3 of her teachers at JIHS and has made friends that she will miss terribly but she begged me months ago to remove her from this school (when they made her wear another girl's clothes) and we were undecided and then I had to face this administrator and that finalized my decision. He was nasty and pretended that I was demanding something that I absolutely WAS NOT just so that he could be right! The administrators often do not realize that many parents (such as myself and my husband) have just as much or more education as they do and act surprised when you won't tolerate them looking down on you or allow them to treat you like an uneducated person. They will be glad to not have to see me anymore and the feeling is quite mutual!!!!! The teachers are mostly great and I don't have a problem with them at all!!

- submitted by a parent

January 28, 2013
i love james irwin! this school is great! :D it's better than widefield by a long shot

- submitted by a student

December 13, 2008
This is an excellent school that truly helps to prepare kids to tackle college and life beyond high school. My kids have enjoyed the 4 years they spent there.

- submitted by a parent

July 21, 2008
I transfered to JICHS my senior year and read more books in that one year than all the other years of schooling combined. And that was just English Class. I loved the environment and teachers. It prepared me for college.

- submitted by a student

June 09, 2007
james irwin is an excellent school witha strong sense of community and wonderful teachers. they are always encouraging us to do our best. the curriculum is tough, but really good. James irwin rocks!

- submitted by a parent

March 27, 2007
You have the right to have your opinion about a school, but please make sure you are clearly informed before you speak out. My kids have been going to this school for years and they have excellent teaching and if you don't care about academics and don't want to be a positive influence in your kids life then maybe this school is not for you. James Irwin has had to come over some obstacles, but this school does not favor or leave out any children. My girls have disabilities and they have learned to over come them and not use it as an excuse. Don't let your kids suffer on education because of your uninformative ways. I seen in one review that a parent had bad things to say, well don't believe them because it not only takes the teachers to make a school work it takes the parents too.

- submitted by a parent

October 21, 2006
I currently attend this school,and have attended other public schools.In 2006,its a school that helps students excel,independent and not.We have AP art classes,and multiple sports,If the sport we don't like is not offered,we are allowed to play for the local public ones. The teachers thoroughly know what they are talking about,are always available for questions and its actually fun.The only downfall what so ever is the dress code.James Irwin is teaching us to be great independent,responsible citizens,and equipping us with boundless knowledge.There are special accommodations for those who excel,in any subject.If you want your kids to have a great education,please check out this school.James Irwin has helped me get ready for the world with smarts & common sense.This is a school that lives by their mottos of integrity,honesty respect,responsibility and of course excellence.Ilove this school dearly, and couldn't ask for a better one.

- submitted by a student
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January 26, 2006
James Irwin is a school of excellence and outstanding character.

- submitted by a teacher

April 11, 2005
This is a fantastic school. I absolutly love it there and would not give up this opportunity for anything in the world.

- submitted by a student

October 05, 2004
This school would have greater impact if the numbers and stats were less important than the person. If you have no concern about your child being treated like an individual this is a great school. If your child's individuality and feelings are important, this is a school to avoid. Only the compliant child will be happy here. The child who is confident and independent will be tamed or eliminated.

- submitted by a parent

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James Irwin Charter High School exists to develop every student's character and academic potential in an environment that is safe, postive, fun and rigorous. Our teachers, who are constantly coached, are absolutely the best and work hard to make sure JICHS students can be successful for college, career and life.

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James Irwin Charter High School
5525 Astrozon Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO  80916
(719) 302-9109
Last modified James Irwin Charter High School is a Charter school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
James Irwin Charter High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top