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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
Smaller school... BIG heart! The school year starts off with a fantastic retreat to Frontier Ranch and only gets better from there. Lots of support among students and faculty. Kids are academically challenged to reach their full potential. We are proud of our kids and our kids are proud of themselves. Look out college, here we come!
i love james irwin! this school is great! :D it's better than widefield by a long shot
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
This is a fantastic school. I absolutly love it there and would not give up this opportunity for anything in the world.
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.
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