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James Irwin Charter Academy

Charter | K-5 | 200 students

Direct Instruction and Core Knowledge

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4 stars

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Posted May 8, 2014

I'm a former homeschooling mother who is in love with this school! I searched long and hard to find the right school for my children, and James Irwin Charter Academy has exceeded all of my expectations. JICA truly puts character first, partnering with parents to raise mature, responsible individuals. The curriculum is quite rigorous, but the staff ensures every child rises to the occasion. Kindergartners recite the preamble to the constitution and the preamble to the Declaration of Independence, while also being able to name all 50 state capitals. These high standards continue as children rise through the grades. My nine year old wakes up every morning excited to go to school. I recommend JICA to every parent I know.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2014

I feel strongly about the quality of education and compasssion that is exhibited at James Irwin. I have never felt that the staff and administration have ever been anything but 100% invested in making sure my child is given the best education possible. As said previously, they have an open door policy and are there to answer any questions or concerns that arise. My child hasn't always been the perfect student, but rather than make him (or me for that matter) feel bad about that, they have come up with positive strategies to ensure that he still gets the education he deserves. Also, the total lack of tolerance for any kind of bullying makes me feel a sense of peace knowing that my son is going somewhere that it isn't tolerated and will be safe...especially in this day and age when it has become such a huge problem. In summary, I would 110% endorse this school and recommend it to anyone that cares about the education they wish there child to receive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2014

There are to many good things to say about this school! The school believes in their students, allowing kids to be kids; at the same time keeping high standards as they teach the kids both by encouragement and example respectable character traits. My special needs child excels under the influence of on-purpose involved teachers. There is open communication between teachers and parents, and the administration are warm and welcoming and very approachable. Very professional staff. They treat the student as an individual and encourage good healthy relationships between the students. They have a zero tolerance policy for bullying and they use everything as an opportunity to teach instead of demean. The school has an open door open chair policy and always welcome parents and friends to attend a class. Nothing the teachers do with the students is hidden or closed to parents. You could not ask for better partnership in advocating for the individual students. The staff work for what's best for the students, and truly care about the well being of each child. This school does not see the student as a test score or a label, but as a remarkable individual with unlimited potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2014

James Irwin Charter Academy staff work hard to be excellent partners and to demonstrate respect to all of its students and families. Sadly, a situation presented itself, and there was a disagreement between the school and family, as to how it should be handled: this complaint is a result of that. Unfortunately, this report is filled with a number of inaccuracies; we deeply regret the unfortunate misunderstanding with the family. CWill, JICA Principal
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Posted April 21, 2014

I too have had negative experiences from this school, they called the "Authorites" because my son wasn't picked up when I said he would be, also within the last month instead of talking to us about the situation they called DHS on us saying our form of discipline was to extreme. Spanking doesnt work on my ADHD child so he does pushups, wall sits and stands on the wall. The principal was arguing with me over the phone and the staff has become VERY rude and unprofessional. My children have even come home saying the school doesnt like me and my boyfriend so obviously they talk about other peoples issues to EVERYONE. I too have had issues with tattoos and the staff, they now act like they are better then me and look down their nose at me especially the principal. Really seems like they are not worried about the children and want to be the "BEST" school around. Character traits are supposed to be being taught, and they are going back on what they've done/said saying they never did or said any of it. My children will NOT be going back next year.
—Submitted by a parent


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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Art teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Music
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Cindee Will
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Direct instruction
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Science
  • Special education
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Music room
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
200
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
200

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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
James Irwin Charter Middle School
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1801 Howard Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
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Phone: (719) 302-9100

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