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Colorado John Irwin Schools of Excellence Awards

Award Criteria

The John Irwin awards are given to schools that demonstrate excellent academic achievement. On the three-year school performance framework that is used by the state to evaluate schools, these schools “exceed” expectations on the academic achievement indicator. (For more information on the School Performance Framework, please see SchoolView.)

The Excellence Awards are named for a true friend and visionary of education, former Colorado State Representative, John J. Irwin.

John Irwin Biography

John Irwin was born in Kansas in 1926 and went on to earn a chemical engineering degree from the University of Kansas. He continued his education at Harvard where he earned an MBA. In 1971, the Irwin family moved to Colorado where John continued his career at Kodak's new plant in Windsor.

After a long and successful career at Kodak, he retired and successfully ran for a seat in the Colorado House of Representatives, serving three terms. John Irwin served on the state accountability committee, the House Education committee and was the 1992 co-sponsor of a charter school bill, with then Senator Bill Owens, that did not at that time become law. After the untimely death of John Irwin, the bill was carried with bi-partisan support the following year by then-Senator Bill Owens and Representative Peggy Kerns. John Irwin was a true charter school visionary and pioneer, as the law when finally adopted, was only the third such law in the nation. Irwin believed strongly in parental involvement in education and empowering self-governing schools. Irwin loved learning and believed reading was the basis of a solid education. Having benefited from a solid education himself, John worked tirelessly to make sure every child in every part of this state received a high-quality education.

During all of the years Rep. Irwin served Colorado in the legislature, education was his passion. In his final year, in addition to co-sponsoring the precursor to the Charter School Act, John Irwin also sponsored legislation creating the Excellent Schools Program, which through subsequent legislation evolved into the Colorado John Irwin Schools of Excellence Awards program.

John Irwin

Previous Award Recipients

The John Irwin awards recognize the academic excellence that John J. Irwin believed in and supported as a citizen, a father, and a legislator.

Click on the following dates to see award recipients from prior years.


Notice Regarding 2014-2015 Awards

Due to the assessment transition, CDE is uncertain whether it will be possible to make award determinations for the 2014-15 school year. CDE will provide further updates on the 2014-15 awards once all assessment results are available.


2014 Award Recipients

The 2014 award recipients are:

District Name

School Name

Academy 20 Academy International Elementary School
Academy 20 Air Academy High School
Academy 20 Challenger Middle School
Academy 20 Chinook Trail Elementary School
Academy 20 Mountain View Elementary School
Academy 20 Pine Creek High School
Academy 20 Rockrimmon Elementary School
Academy 20 TCA College Pathways
Academy 20 The Classical Academy Charter
Academy 20 The Classical Academy High School
Academy 20 The Classical Academy Middle School
Adams 12 Five Star Schools Hulstrom Options K-8 School
Adams 12 Five Star Schools Stargate Charter School
Adams-Arapahoe 28J Aurora Quest K-8
Aspen 1 Aspen High School
Boulder Valley Re 2 Bear Creek Elementary School
Boulder Valley Re 2 Boulder Community School/integrated Studies
Boulder Valley Re 2 Coal Creek Elementary School
Boulder Valley Re 2 Douglass Elementary School
Boulder Valley Re 2 Eldorado K-8 School
Boulder Valley Re 2 Fairview High School
Boulder Valley Re 2 Flatirons Elementary School
Boulder Valley Re 2 Foothill Elementary School
Boulder Valley Re 2 Heatherwood Elementary School
Boulder Valley Re 2 High Peaks Elementary School
Boulder Valley Re 2 Horizons K-8 School
Boulder Valley Re 2 Jamestown Elementary School
Boulder Valley Re 2 Louisville Middle School
Boulder Valley Re 2 Mesa Elementary School
Boulder Valley Re 2 Nevin Platt Middle School
Boulder Valley Re 2 Southern Hills Middle School
Boulder Valley Re 2 Summit Middle Charter School
Boulder Valley Re 2 Superior Elementary School
Charter School Institute Thomas Maclaren State Charter School
Cherry Creek 5 Belleview Elementary School
Cherry Creek 5 Campus Middle School
Cherry Creek 5 Challenge School
Cherry Creek 5 Cherry Creek Charter Academy
Cherry Creek 5 Cherry Creek High School
Cherry Creek 5 Cherry Hills Village Elementary School
Cherry Creek 5 Cottonwood Creek Elementary School
Cherry Creek 5 Coyote Hills Elementary School
Cherry Creek 5 Dry Creek Elementary School
Cherry Creek 5 Greenwood Elementary School
Cherry Creek 5 Homestead Elementary School
Cherry Creek 5 Rolling Hills Elementary School
Cherry Creek 5 West Middle School
Cherry Creek 5 Willow Creek Elementary School
Cheyenne Mountain 12 Broadmoor Elementary School
Cheyenne Mountain 12 Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy
Cheyenne Mountain 12 Cheyenne Mountain Elementary School
Cheyenne Mountain 12 Cheyenne Mountain High School
Cheyenne Mountain 12 Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School
Cheyenne Mountain 12 Gold Camp Elementary School
Cheyenne Mountain 12 Pinon Valley Elementary School
Cheyenne Mountain 12 The Vanguard School (high)
Cheyenne Mountain 12 The Vanguard School (middle)
Colorado Springs 11 Chipeta Elementary School
Colorado Springs 11 Steele Elementary School
Denver County 1 Bromwell Elementary School
Denver County 1 Carson Elementary School
Denver County 1 Cory Elementary School
Denver County 1 Denver School Of The Arts
Denver County 1 DSST: Stapleton High School
Denver County 1 Polaris At Ebert Elementary School
Denver County 1 Slavens K-8 School
Denver County 1 Steck Elementary School
Douglas County Re 1 Academy Charter School
Douglas County Re 1 American Academy
Douglas County Re 1 Buffalo Ridge Elementary School
Douglas County Re 1 Dc Montessori Charter School
Douglas County Re 1 Heritage Elementary School
Douglas County Re 1 Mountain Ridge Middle School
Douglas County Re 1 Mountain Vista High School
Douglas County Re 1 North Star Academy
Douglas County Re 1 Northridge Elementary School
Douglas County Re 1 Parker Core Knowledge Charter School
Douglas County Re 1 Pine Grove Elementary School
Douglas County Re 1 Platte River Charter Academy
Douglas County Re 1 Redstone Elementary School
Douglas County Re 1 Rock Canyon High School
Douglas County Re 1 Rocky Heights Middle School
Douglas County Re 1 Saddle Ranch Elementary School
Douglas County Re 1 Stem Middle & High School
Douglas County Re 1 Stone Mountain Elementary
Douglas County Re 1 Timber Trail Elementary School
Douglas County Re 1 Wildcat Mountain Elementary School
Eads Re-1 Eads Elementary School
Edison 54JT Edison Jr/sr High School
Englewood 1 Englewood Leadership Academy
Harrison 2 James Irwin Charter Elementary School
Harrison 2 James Irwin Charter High School
Jefferson County R-1 Bergen Valley Intermediate School
Jefferson County R-1 Bradford Intermediate School
Jefferson County R-1 Bradford Primary School
Jefferson County R-1 Conifer Senior High School
Jefferson County R-1 Deer Creek Middle School
Jefferson County R-1 Dennison Elementary School
Jefferson County R-1 D'evelyn Junior/senior High School
Jefferson County R-1 Devinny Elementary School
Jefferson County R-1 Elk Creek Elementary School
Jefferson County R-1 Evergreen High School
Jefferson County R-1 Evergreen Middle School
Jefferson County R-1 Jefferson Charter Academy Senior High School
Jefferson County R-1 Kyffin Elementary School
Jefferson County R-1 Manning Options School
Jefferson County R-1 Meiklejohn Elementary
Jefferson County R-1 Mount Carbon Elementary School
Jefferson County R-1 Normandy Elementary School
Jefferson County R-1 Parmalee Elementary School
Jefferson County R-1 Ralston Elementary School
Jefferson County R-1 Ralston Valley Senior High School
Jefferson County R-1 Red Rocks Elementary School
Jefferson County R-1 Rocky Mountain Academy Of Evergreen
Jefferson County R-1 Shaffer Elementary School
Jefferson County R-1 Ute Meadows Elementary School
Jefferson County R-1 West Woods Elementary School
Jefferson County R-1 Wilmot Elementary School
Kim Reorganized 88 Kim Elementary School
Lewis-Palmer 38 Lewis-Palmer High School
Lewis-Palmer 38 Monument Charter Academy
Lewis-Palmer 38 Palmer Ridge High School
Lewis-Palmer 38 Prairie Winds Elementary School
Littleton 6 Arapahoe High School
Littleton 6 Franklin Elementary School
Littleton 6 John Wesley Powell Middle School
Littleton 6 Littleton Academy
Littleton 6 Lois Lenski Elementary School
Littleton 6 Sandburg Elementary School
Littleton 6 Wilder Elementary School
Mesa County Valley 51 New Emerson School At Columbus
Ouray R-1 Ouray Middle School
Poudre R-1 Bennett Elementary School
Poudre R-1 Bethke Elementary School
Poudre R-1 Fossil Ridge High School
Poudre R-1 Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School
Poudre R-1 Kruse Elementary School
Poudre R-1 Liberty Common Charter School
Poudre R-1 Preston Middle School
Poudre R-1 Red Feather Lakes Elementary School
Poudre R-1 Stove Prairie Elementary School
Poudre R-1 Traut Core Elementary School
Poudre R-1 Werner Elementary School
Poudre R-1 Zach Elementary School
Pueblo City 60 Fountain International Magnet School
Pueblo County 70 The Connect Charter School
Ridgway R-2 Ridgway High School
Salida R-32 Crest Academy
Sargent Re-33J Sargent Senior High School
St Vrain Valley Re 1J Altona Middle School
St Vrain Valley Re 1J Black Rock Elementary
St Vrain Valley Re 1J Blue Mountain Elementary
St Vrain Valley Re 1J Niwot Elementary School
St Vrain Valley Re 1J Niwot High School
Steamboat Springs Re-2 Steamboat Springs High School
Steamboat Springs Re-2 Steamboat Springs Middle School
Steamboat Springs Re-2 Strawberry Park Elementary School
Swink 33 Swink Elementary School
Thompson R2-J Berthoud Elementary School
Thompson R2-J Coyote Ridge Elementary School
Walsh Re-1 Walsh Elementary School

Contact Information:
Lynn Bamberry
Director, Competitive Grants and Awards
Bamberry_L@cde.state.co.us
303-866-6813

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