James Irwin Charter High School
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Fill the Truck! posted May 2, 2013
Need to do some Spring Cleaning? Bring your gently used furniture, household items and clothes to James Irwin Charter High School from 8am to 4pm Wednesday, May 1st to Wednesday May 8th (weekend included). JICHS will raise $1600 if we fill a 45-foot trailer of donated goods. All proceeds will go towards our all school retreat to Frontier Ranch in the fall. Call 302-9000 ext. 4260 for more information or to schedule a pick-up. Here is a list of items ARC will NOT accept.
James Irwin Charter High School wins Gold Medal distinction in US News & World Report posted April 25, 2013
James Irwin Charter High School earned Gold Medal distinction, ranking 491 out of over 22,000 high schools in the United States, according to their evaluation criteria. This places James Irwin 15th in the State of Colorado as well. These rankings better last year’s, when JICHS was 644 out of nearly 22,000 high schools nationally (a Silver Medal), and 22 out 374 high schools in the State.
Enrollment interest is high. To place your student on the waiting list, call the office and ask for a Letter of Intent. Once the Letter of Intent is on file, you will be notified when there is an opening. The enrollment policy favors students who enroll early.
James Irwin Charter High School believes in the importance of an athletic program to promote character and enhance academic success. As an associate member of Tri-Peaks League and a member (as of 2002) of CHSAA, we offer competitive programs for young men and women in volleyball, soccer, basketball, track and field and cross country.
James Irwin Charter High School uses a traditional, liberal arts college preparatory curriculum emphasizing the great ideas of Western Civilization, and provides an academically rigorous program. We require 48 semester hours for graduation in such core classes as English, mathematics, science, history and world languages. We offer advanced placement (AP) classes in English, history and science, and provide classes in art, music, foreign language and computer applications. Because studies have shown that the size of a school is a major factor in determining the academic achievement of students, we limit our enrollment to 400 students. Maximum class size is equally important, and we limit academic classes to 26 students.
As part of our Character and Ethics Education program we mentor students through an academic advisee program. Faculty mentor approximately 15 students each year, meeting with them as a group and individually to monitor academic and character progress. The character and ethics classes are patterned after the Center for Character Development at the United States
Air Force Academy and organized around three divisions: honor, human relations, and character and ethics.
James Irwin Charter High School is a member of the National Honor Society and nominates students yearly to that prestigious group. Yearly, a ceremony attended by the entire student body inducts new members, and a twice-yearly award ceremony rewards academic and athletic progress. Additionally, an award for character is given yearly and is the highlight of our spring awards banquet.
James Irwin Charter High School offers students who meet academic standards the opportunity to participate in student government. To foster cooperation and enhance interest in school activities, we offer a number of clubs that meet on a weekly basis. French Club, Spanish Club, Dance Club, Drama Club, Mountaineering, Forensics, Destiny Student Association, Math and Science Club, History Club, and Literary Club are well attended by the student body.
We strive to reinforce the values parents teach, including responsibility, honesty and integrity. As a result, parents have significant involvement at JICHS. Your talents and contributions are actively solicited. Parents make up the majority of the school’s Board of Directors.
Conduct and Discipline Code
Students and parents agree to uphold the school Conduct and Discipline Code. This code spells out the standards of conduct that ensure a safe and active learning environment.
Because James Irwin Charter High School is a public school of choice and part of Harrison District 2, we do not charge tuition.