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Colorado John Irwin Schools of Excellence Awards

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.org.)

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

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. 

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 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012.

The 2013 award recipients are:

 

DistrictSchool
ACADEMY 20ACADEMY INTERNATIONAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
ACADEMY 20CHINOOK TRAIL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
ACADEMY 20MOUNTAIN VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
ACADEMY 20ROCKRIMMON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
ACADEMY 20TCA COLLEGE PATHWAYS
ACADEMY 20THE CLASSICAL ACADEMY CHARTER
ACADEMY 20THE CLASSICAL ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL
ACADEMY 20THE CLASSICAL ACADEMY MIDDLE SCHOOL
ACADEMY 20WOODMEN-ROBERTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
ADAMS 12 FIVE STAR SCHOOLSHULSTROM OPTIONS K-8 SCHOOL
ADAMS 12 FIVE STAR SCHOOLSMERIDIAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
ADAMS 12 FIVE STAR SCHOOLSSTARGATE CHARTER SCHOOL
ADAMS 12 FIVE STAR SCHOOLSSTEM LAB
ADAMS-ARAPAHOE 28JAURORA QUEST K-8
ARICKAREE R-2ARICKAREE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
ASPEN 1ASPEN HIGH SCHOOL
BOULDER VALLEY RE 2BEAR CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
BOULDER VALLEY RE 2BOULDER COMMUNITY SCHOOL/INTEGRATED STUDIES
BOULDER VALLEY RE 2COAL CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
BOULDER VALLEY RE 2DOUGLASS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
BOULDER VALLEY RE 2ELDORADO K-8 SCHOOL
BOULDER VALLEY RE 2FAIRVIEW HIGH SCHOOL
BOULDER VALLEY RE 2FLATIRONS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
BOULDER VALLEY RE 2FOOTHILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
BOULDER VALLEY RE 2HEATHERWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
BOULDER VALLEY RE 2HIGH PEAKS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
BOULDER VALLEY RE 2HORIZONS K-8 SCHOOL
BOULDER VALLEY RE 2LOUISVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
BOULDER VALLEY RE 2LOUISVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL
BOULDER VALLEY RE 2MESA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
BOULDER VALLEY RE 2NEVIN PLATT MIDDLE SCHOOL
BOULDER VALLEY RE 2PEAK TO PEAK CHARTER SCHOOL
BOULDER VALLEY RE 2SOUTHERN HILLS MIDDLE SCHOOL
BOULDER VALLEY RE 2SUMMIT MIDDLE CHARTER SCHOOL
BOULDER VALLEY RE 2SUPERIOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
CHARTER SCHOOL INSTITUTETHE VANGUARD SCHOOL (HIGH)
CHARTER SCHOOL INSTITUTETHE VANGUARD SCHOOL (MIDDLE)
CHARTER SCHOOL INSTITUTETHOMAS MACLAREN STATE CHARTER SCHOOL
CHERRY CREEK 5BELLEVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
CHERRY CREEK 5CAMPUS MIDDLE SCHOOL
CHERRY CREEK 5CHALLENGE SCHOOL
CHERRY CREEK 5CHERRY CREEK CHARTER ACADEMY
CHERRY CREEK 5CHERRY CREEK HIGH SCHOOL
CHERRY CREEK 5CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
CHERRY CREEK 5COTTONWOOD CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
CHERRY CREEK 5COYOTE HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
CHERRY CREEK 5DRY CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
CHERRY CREEK 5GREENWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
CHERRY CREEK 5HOMESTEAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
CHERRY CREEK 5INDIAN RIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
CHERRY CREEK 5ROLLING HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
CHERRY CREEK 5WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL
CHERRY CREEK 5WILLOW CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN 12BROADMOOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN 12CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN CHARTER ACADEMY
CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN 12CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN 12CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOL
CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN 12CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN 12GOLD CAMP ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN 12PINON VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
COLORADO SPRINGS 11CHIPETA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
COLORADO SPRINGS 11SCOTT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
COLORADO SPRINGS 11STEELE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
DELTA COUNTY 50(J)NORTH FORK MONTESSORI SCHOOL
DENVER COUNTY 1BROMWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
DENVER COUNTY 1CARSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
DENVER COUNTY 1CORY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
DENVER COUNTY 1DENVER SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
DENVER COUNTY 1DSST: STAPLETON HIGH SCHOOL
DENVER COUNTY 1POLARIS AT EBERT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
DENVER COUNTY 1SLAVENS K-8 SCHOOL
DENVER COUNTY 1STECK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
DOUGLAS COUNTY RE 1ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL
DOUGLAS COUNTY RE 1AMERICAN ACADEMY
DOUGLAS COUNTY RE 1BEAR CANYON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
DOUGLAS COUNTY RE 1BUFFALO RIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
DOUGLAS COUNTY RE 1CORE KNOWLEDGE CHARTER SCHOOL
DOUGLAS COUNTY RE 1D C S MONTESSORI CHARTER SCHOOL
DOUGLAS COUNTY RE 1HERITAGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
DOUGLAS COUNTY RE 1HIGHLANDS RANCH HIGH SCHOOL
DOUGLAS COUNTY RE 1MOUNTAIN RIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL
DOUGLAS COUNTY RE 1MOUNTAIN VISTA HIGH SCHOOL
DOUGLAS COUNTY RE 1NORTH STAR ACADEMY
DOUGLAS COUNTY RE 1NORTHRIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
DOUGLAS COUNTY RE 1PINE GROVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
DOUGLAS COUNTY RE 1PLATTE RIVER CHARTER ACADEMY
DOUGLAS COUNTY RE 1REDSTONE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
DOUGLAS COUNTY RE 1ROCK CANYON HIGH SCHOOL
DOUGLAS COUNTY RE 1ROCKY HEIGHTS MIDDLE SCHOOL
DOUGLAS COUNTY RE 1SADDLE RANCH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
DOUGLAS COUNTY RE 1STONE MOUNTAIN ELEMENTARY
DOUGLAS COUNTY RE 1SUMMIT VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
DOUGLAS COUNTY RE 1THUNDERRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL
DOUGLAS COUNTY RE 1TIMBER TRAIL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
DOUGLAS COUNTY RE 1WILDCAT MOUNTAIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EADS RE-1EADS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EAGLE COUNTY RE 50BRUSH CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EAGLE COUNTY RE 50EAGLE COUNTY CHARTER ACADEMY
EDISON 54 JTEDISON JUNIOR-SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
ENGLEWOOD 1ENGLEWOOD LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
HARRISON 2JAMES IRWIN CHARTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
HINSDALE COUNTY RE 1LAKE CITY COMMUNITY SCHOOL
JEFFERSON COUNTY R-1BERGEN VALLEY INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
JEFFERSON COUNTY R-1BRADFORD INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
JEFFERSON COUNTY R-1BRADFORD PRIMARY SCHOOL
JEFFERSON COUNTY R-1CONIFER SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
JEFFERSON COUNTY R-1DEER CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL
JEFFERSON COUNTY R-1DENNISON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
JEFFERSON COUNTY R-1D'EVELYN JUNIOR/SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
JEFFERSON COUNTY R-1DEVINNY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
JEFFERSON COUNTY R-1ELK CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
JEFFERSON COUNTY R-1EVERGREEN HIGH SCHOOL
JEFFERSON COUNTY R-1EVERGREEN MIDDLE SCHOOL
JEFFERSON COUNTY R-1JEFFERSON CHARTER ACADEMY SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
JEFFERSON COUNTY R-1KYFFIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
JEFFERSON COUNTY R-1MANNING OPTIONS SCHOOL
JEFFERSON COUNTY R-1MAPLE GROVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
JEFFERSON COUNTY R-1MARSHDALE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
JEFFERSON COUNTY R-1MEIKLEJOHN ELEMENTARY
JEFFERSON COUNTY R-1MITCHELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
JEFFERSON COUNTY R-1NORMANDY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
JEFFERSON COUNTY R-1PARMALEE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
JEFFERSON COUNTY R-1RALSTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
JEFFERSON COUNTY R-1RALSTON VALLEY SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
JEFFERSON COUNTY R-1RED ROCKS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
JEFFERSON COUNTY R-1ROCKY MOUNTAIN ACADEMY OF EVERGREEN
JEFFERSON COUNTY R-1SHAFFER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
JEFFERSON COUNTY R-1SIERRA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
JEFFERSON COUNTY R-1UTE MEADOWS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
JEFFERSON COUNTY R-1WEST JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
JEFFERSON COUNTY R-1WEST JEFFERSON MIDDLE SCHOOL
JEFFERSON COUNTY R-1WEST WOODS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
JEFFERSON COUNTY R-1WILMOT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
KIOWA C-2KIOWA HIGH SCHOOL
LEWIS-PALMER 38LEWIS-PALMER HIGH SCHOOL
LEWIS-PALMER 38LEWIS-PALMER MIDDLE SCHOOL
LEWIS-PALMER 38MONUMENT CHARTER ACADEMY
LEWIS-PALMER 38PRAIRIE WINDS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
LEWIS-PALMER 38RAY E KILMER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
LITTLETON 6ARAPAHOE HIGH SCHOOL
LITTLETON 6HERITAGE HIGH SCHOOL
LITTLETON 6JOHN WESLEY POWELL MIDDLE SCHOOL
LITTLETON 6LITTLETON ACADEMY
LITTLETON 6LOIS LENSKI ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
LITTLETON 6RUNYON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
LITTLETON 6SANDBURG ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
LITTLETON 6WILDER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
MESA COUNTY VALLEY 51NEW EMERSON SCHOOL AT COLUMBUS
POUDRE R-1BENNETT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
POUDRE R-1BETHKE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
POUDRE R-1FOSSIL RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL
POUDRE R-1KINARD CORE KNOWLEDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL
POUDRE R-1KRUSE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
POUDRE R-1LIBERTY COMMON CHARTER SCHOOL
POUDRE R-1LIVERMORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
POUDRE R-1MCGRAW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
POUDRE R-1PRESTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
POUDRE R-1TRAUT CORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
POUDRE R-1WERNER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
POUDRE R-1ZACH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
PUEBLO CITY 60CORWIN INTERNATIONAL MAGNET SCHOOL
PUEBLO CITY 60FOUNTAIN INTERNATIONAL MAGNET SCHOOL
PUEBLO COUNTY 70THE CONNECT CHARTER SCHOOL
RIDGWAY R-2RIDGWAY HIGH SCHOOL
SARGENT RE-33JSARGENT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
ST VRAIN VALLEY RE 1JALTONA MIDDLE SCHOOL
ST VRAIN VALLEY RE 1JBLACK ROCK ELEMENTARY
ST VRAIN VALLEY RE 1JBLUE MOUNTAIN ELEMENTARY
ST VRAIN VALLEY RE 1JNIWOT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
ST VRAIN VALLEY RE 1JNIWOT HIGH SCHOOL
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS RE-2STEAMBOAT SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS RE-2STEAMBOAT SPRINGS MIDDLE SCHOOL
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS RE-2STRAWBERRY PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
SWINK 33SWINK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
TELLURIDE R-1TELLURIDE HIGH SCHOOL
THOMPSON R2-JBERTHOUD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
THOMPSON R2-JCOYOTE RIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
WALSH RE-1WALSH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Contact Information:

Lynn Bamberry
Director, Competitive Grants & Awards
bamberry_l@cde.state.co.us
303-866-6813

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