James Irwin Charter Elementary School

Public, Charter K-5

 1626 S Murray Boulevard
       Colorado Springs, CO  80916-4501


 (719) 302-9000

District: Harrison School District No. 2

SchoolDigger Rank:
215th of 929 Colorado Elementary Schools


Student/teacher ratio:  28.4
Number of students:  540

Racial breakdown:
Hispanic:
43.3%
White:
39.1%
Two or more races:
9.1%
Free/discounted lunch recipients:  39.1%

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We updated the 2016-17 rankings and test scores for this school on Thursday, August 17, 2017.


Performance Trends
Compare Details In 2017, James Irwin Charter Elementary School ranked better than 76.9% of elementary schools in Colorado. It also ranked 2nd among 15 ranked elementary schools in the Harrison School District No. 2. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2017 the calculated Average Standard Score was 74.52. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (43.3%), White (39.1%), two or more races (9.1%). (See more...)
Compare Details 39.1% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the Harrison School District No. 2. (See more...)
Teachers
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at James Irwin Charter Elementary School is 28.4, which is the highest among 15 elementary schools in the Harrison School District No. 2! (See more...)
Compare James Irwin Charter Elementary School employs 19 full-time teachers.
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Schooldigger 2017 Rankings:

James Irwin Charter Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks James Irwin Charter Elementary School 215th of 929 Colorado public elementary schools. (See James Irwin Charter Elementary School in the ranking list.)

Harrison School District No. 2:

SchoolDigger ranks Harrison School District No. 2 61st of 108 Colorado school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for James Irwin Charter Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2007 75.69 196th 852 77.0%
2008 76.09 187th 849 78.0%
2009 89.07 54th 872 93.8%
2010 91.06 42nd 925 95.5%
2011 88.03 76th 935 91.9%
2012 92.96 23rd 935 97.5%
2013 93.26 28th 954 97.1%
2014 86.74 91st 962 90.5%
2015 86.72 102nd 938 89.1%
2016 79.33 156th 914 82.9%
2017 74.52 215th 929 76.9%

Data source: test scores: Colorado Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Data source: Colorado Department of Education

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by a parent
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Open Quote My son has been attending for three years. He has learned so much and continues to thrive and be challenged. I teach at another school and this is very important to me! Close Quote


by a parent
Saturday, May 17, 2014

Open Quote This is an exceptional school. Today my Kindergartener recited a portion of the Gettysburg Address in a school-wide assembly. My son's progress this year has been amazing, and he is excelling at this school. There is very little downtime at this school -- kids stay on task because of the direct-instruction method and high standards enforced by the teachers. I also love the open-door policy. I drop in at any time I please to help out in the classroom, or to just sit and observe. I don't even have to let the teachers know I am coming. At the Landsharks Running Club meets, which are community-wide events, our students are the ones to sing the National Anthem before the running begins. This school is big on American history and values and character. I could not ask for a better school or for more dedicated teachers. Thanks to the wonderful staff at James Irwin. Close Quote


by a parent
Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Open Quote I feel compelled to write a review of this school as it seems the other reviewers have an axe to grind. First regarding "money hungry" - yes, this school does A LOT of fundraisers. WHY? Because JICS are charter schools - charter schools DO NOT get any money from property taxes collected from the district. Also, JICS is located in one of the most economic disadvantaged school districts in Colorado Springs, if not the entire state. The majority of the students do not come from a family who can write a ceck for $100.00 to cover extra expenses.

Two, this school expects mastery of subject matter. I find it very difficult to believe you were notified on short-notice there was an issue. An education is like building a foundation under a house; you have to have the first layer laid correctly to build the next. If a child doesn't have mastery in 2nd grade, DO NOT send them to 3rd grade.

JICS is not for everyone. There are high standards, no excuses. It not a school for parents who want a "hands off" approach ("Let the teacher handle it") - no, every parent needs to be involved. Close Quote


by a parent
Friday, April 6, 2012

Open Quote I would NOT recommend this school to anyone!!! Shortly after receiving my daughter report card that had all A's (she had one 2) I received a phone call telling me that she would most likely have to repeat the 2nd grade. I tried to talk to the teacher and she kept telling me it was the schools policy not to promote socially, I just wanted her to get the extra help she needed in reading, the only subject she struggles with! I then tried to contact the principal and was never allowed to speak with her. After several more calls I got to talk to the VP which is like talking to a wall. She speaks to parents as if they are in Kindergarten not adults who may have valid concerns about their child’s education as well as their emotional well being. I was told I could PAY one of their teachers by the hour to get my daughter the help she needed. I believe that the school saw that my daughter was having difficulty and instead of helping her they just wanted to make sure she stayed in 2nd grade in order to keep the CTAP scores high. This school is more concerned with how they look on paper then the children they are teaching. I feel as though I failed as a parent when I chose this school. We chose to pull her our of this school and she is now excelling in reading at her new school and all it took was a bit of help and encouragement from her teacher Close Quote


by a parent
Sunday, August 21, 2011

Open Quote Money Hungry School Close Quote


Enrollment information for James Irwin Charter Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2006 234 39 12 46 12 n/a n/a 0 343
2007 236 53 22 65 8 n/a n/a 0 384
2008 237 53 23 75 4 n/a n/a 0 392
2009 244 56 30 99 4 n/a n/a 0 433
2010 244 74 29 127 4 n/a n/a 0 478
2011 259 57 28 152 4 0 15 0 515
2012 284 31 30 173 5 4 9 0 536
2013 292 22 28 189 8 3 7 0 549
2014 248 30 23 202 3 13 29 0 548
2015 206 25 16 222 4 7 39 0 519
2016 211 26 9 234 5 6 49 0 540

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity
For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at James Irwin Charter Elementary School

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2006 343 18.0 19.1 4.1
2007 384 20.1 19.1 30.5
2008 392 17.6 22.3 26.3
2009 433 20.6 21.0 39.3
2010 478 22.8 20.9 37.0
2011 515 20.7 24.8 38.8
2012 536 23.8 22.4 41.2
2013 549 23.7 23.0 43.0
2014 548 23.8 22.9 46.2
2015 519 21.0 24.7 46.6
2016 540 19.0 28.4 39.1

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
For information about the National School Lunch Program, see the USDA Website

Student/Teacher Ratio James Irwin Charter Elementary School

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2006 343 18.0 19.1 4.1
2007 384 20.1 19.1 30.5
2008 392 17.6 22.3 26.3
2009 433 20.6 21.0 39.3
2010 478 22.8 20.9 37.0
2011 515 20.7 24.8 38.8
2012 536 23.8 22.4 41.2
2013 549 23.7 23.0 43.0
2014 548 23.8 22.9 46.2
2015 519 21.0 24.7 46.6
2016 540 19.0 28.4 39.1

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio
Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.




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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Colorado Department of Education.

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