I am a James Irwin parent. I am thankful for the education my girls have received from James Irwin. I feel sad that it appears parents have had some trouble (as I am sure the school can not please all of us) yet we do not get to hear the other side of the story. People are sharing some negative comments but I do not see it said that they went to the school and gave them a chance to explain or solve some of the issues being shared. I have had two middle school students and know that sometimes what is said by our student may not be all of what happened. I hope, in the future, instead of using this as a venting tool, we can first remember to seek first to understand, then to be understood.
My daughter was a student in the middle and high schools. She was always very happy with both schools, as were my husband and I. She went on to college and was more than prepared. All 3 schools have a student handbook available before fall classes begin. I believe if you and your student review it before committing you'll be ready to follow dress code and know what's expected academically and behaviorally. No surprises. If you don't want your student to learn to be a responsible adult and behave with integrity, find a traditional public school.
My daughter is in sixth grade and this is her first year at James Irwin. She loves all of her teachers and has learned so much. They believe strongly in developing strong character in their students. She hasn't heard one cuss word or seen or experienced any bullying. She knows exactly what she needs to do on her homework which has taken away a lot of the frustration. I have read a lot of complaints regarding the uniform policy. It seems silly to send your child to a uniform school and then complain about it. This is an amazing school. It is an academically rigorous school that prepares their students for college.
This school seriously needs to do a better job when tracking down each student's attendance. I was checking infinite campus one day while my child was at school and she was marked an excused absence for that whole day because of some sort of illness?! Last time I checked, she was at school the whole day and I complained to the school about this by sending one of the staffs an email and they did NOTHING. I am still informing the school to delete that absence off since that wasnt fair for my daughter to have been marked absent that day when she was present at school the whole day. Also, this school has a sugar policy where each student is required to eat/drink any food beverages below 15 grams of sugar. I sent some cupcakes to the office since it was my daughter's birthday and she was going to pass it out for her leadership class when a lady in the front office informed me that the cupcakes I brought in weren't allowed since they were full of sugar. unfortunately, my daughter couldn't even celebrate her birthday with cupcakes to her leadership class.
This school is great academically and the teachers really do their best to ensure that the students are learning a lot and preparing them for the state tests at the end of the year. My daughter in eighth grade is really learning a lot in her history class, she is excelling in math. However, some rules in this school are just far too strict. My daughter was scolded at because she wore three bracelets to school and she had gotten a lunch detention slip just for forgetting to wear a belt. I also remember my daughter told me on a Friday that she had to change, because apparently, her jeans didn't fit the guidelines and she wasn't even given back her $1 (there's a $1 fee for students wanting to wear jeans on a Friday)even though she asked for it. The students also have math homework to do over the weekend which just doesn't make any sense... There are less extracurricular activites in this school, and when joining sports, theres a huge sports fee of $80 ($45 sports fee and $45 transportation fee.) Because of those sports fees, my daughter can't even tryout for volleyball. Personally, my daughter and I don't like this school very much because of its strict rules..
We were so happy when our daughter was selected to attend JICMS. Coming from one of the worst school districts and one of the lowest test scoring schools we were so grateful that our child would now have the opportunity to thrive in a better educational environment. The staff so far has been just wonderful to my child, we have seen so many changes in her growth as a person since starting there this school year. Not that she wasn't a good child before but JICMS seems to have helped her flourish those attributes that we as her parents had already established. JICMS is fast paced, strong in their teachings and have the test scores to prove it. We love knowing that our child's educational future is looking so much brighter now.
I am a Hispanic parent too and I see first hand how our students are treated in JICMS. I have a different point of view on this matter because I don't see how people can say they are treated better or worse than others. It does not matter what race you are , if you don't follow the rules the consequences are going to be the same for everyone. We are trying to teach kids character and responsibility so their future can be much better. Please , if you have any questions don't listen to others just visit the school and see first hand how it really is. Everyone is welcome!
I am a Hispanic parent and I have to agree with the last post I just read. I have to say that the rules are not dispersed equally amongst the children at this school and it's bothered me for quite a while, however, I have no choice but to deal with it as it is the closest school with a decent curriculum and choices are really limited in this particular district. I'd also like to see a more diverse group of teachers at this school. My children do not like the school or the teachers that much but I bolster their self-esteem and I let them know how valuable and valued they are, but sometimes this gets complicated when the messages they receive about themselves are not as positive as their peers. I am hoping to move in the next year and find a school where differences and diversity is valued and where children are still very respectful and structured yet not treated like common criminals when they make mistakes. To those who love this school....more power to ya!!!
For those reviews who mention James Irwin turning children into robots and such, that is completely untrue. What the school tries to do is develop children into people who can turn in their schoolwork, obey the rules, control themselves, and treat others with respect. It is the children who cannot do those things that don't make it at James Irwin.
James Irwin teaches the kids to be great people!! They maybe expected to do their work and to be good role models. But it is better then what other schools in the district and some other ones around here teach. Defiantly worth enrolling your child here. Minimal fights and great educated children! ;)
If this school is not able to turn your child into the James Irwin "ROBOT" by mid year they will politely ask you to withdraw them. I felt horrible when this happened as my child shoulders some of the blame, however, it was the best thing that could have happened. It made me research other schools (district 20) and realize that there are amazing curriculums out there where my children will still be heavily prepared for college but at schools where teachers/administration have more compassion for ADD or other problems that kids have difficulty with. My child is thriving in an environment (for now district 49 soon district 20) where he can change classes and get rid of excess energy and his teachers have been firm but absolutely amazing to him. So much so that I've decided to remove my remaining children from this school and put them in outstanding schools with LOTS of structure but where they can be more at ease and in a "regular" environment where kids are not persecuted for the slightest infractions. Thank you James Irwin for forcing me to see that you are not the BEST school in the Springs after all WE ARE A MUCH HAPPIER FAMILY since we were asked to withdraw our child
I love this school! The principals are wonderful. The kids are still kids but more respectful than not! My daughter is in the high school and she LOVES it! My mistake is not having my other children over there yet! The teachers are very firm but "kind". The children are valued so they are not made to wait outside in rain or snow. I can't say enough about this truly GREAT school!
My good friend moved schools because of the bulling done to her brother. Her mum and dad came to the schools and talked with the office about it and they ignored it. This is supposed to be a school of character but it's not. My mum and dad are both in the military so I move A LOT... When I first came to the school, people were so rude to me. I was clearly unwelcome. I do not like that school. Even one of the teachers said that were are the rudest children that he has ever had.
This is an absolutely wonderful school! The student to teacher ratio combined with the curriculum and after school activities earns my personal rating of five stars across the board!
Absolutely wonderful school. The teachers are awesome. The students are respectful of each other. My daugther did not want to go to a charter school at first, but she loves it now. This is her first year at a charter school. Her and I are very pleased with James Irwin.
My 6th grade girl attended James Irwin. I was very impressed with how attentive the staff was about helping to place her at the appropriate level (she struggles with Math) where she could build a solid foundation and go up from there. I had not experienced such concern and professionalism in a school in a very long time! I highly recommend this school.
My concern is that the teachers do not stay. We have been in James Irwin Middle for two years. The first year the Middle school principle left and a large majority of the staff. The second year the principle was for 7th-12th. At the end of that year the princilple left. Again we saw many teachers who would not be returning. I believe the leadership needs to be strong and stable to keep a school excellent.
As a former student of JICMS i must say it is a great school. They boys and girls are seperated in class so it is MUCH easier to think. We were all required to wear uniforms so there was no compeating over who was dresses better. They also had honors classes, grade level classes, and remedial classes so that the class can moved as fast as we need with out being slowed down but students that find it harder to comprehend. And most of all, the teachers are the best you could find anywhere! They get along great with all the kids and put time into getting to know them so that you would trust them more. If you want your child to have the easiest time transiting from Elmentary school to middle school and middle school to high school i would highly suggest having them go to JICMS.
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