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Colorado John Irwin Schools of Excellence Awards

Award Criteria

The John Irwin awards are given to schools that demonstrate exceptional academic achievement over time. These schools received an Exceeds Expectations rating on the Academic Achievement indicator of the School Performance Frameworks reflecting exceptional performance in Math, English Language Arts, and Science. (View more information on the School Performance Framework in 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. Note, awards for 2015 were not determined due to lack of assessment data.

2017 Recipients

Academy 20

  • Academy International Elementary
  • Chinook Trail Elementary School
  • Mountain View Elementary School
  • TCA College Pathways
  • The Classical Academy High School
  • Woodmen-Roberts Elementary School

Adams 12 Five Star Schools

  • Coyote Ridge Elementary School
  • Hulstrom Options K-8 School
  • Meridian Elementary School
  • Stargate Charter School
  • STEM Lab

Adams-Arapahoe 28J

  • Aurora Quest K-8

Big Sandy 100J

  • Silma Elementary School

Boulder Valley RE-2

  • Bear Creek Elementary School
  • Boulder Community School of Integrated Studies
  • Boulder Universal
  • Douglass Elementary School
  • Eisenhower Elementary School
  • Fairview High School
  • Fireside Elementary School
  • High Peaks Elementary School
  • Mesa Elementary School
  • Southern Hills Middle School
  • Summit Middle Charter School
  • Superior Elementary School

Charter School Institute

  • Colorado Early Colleges: Parker
  • Colorado Springs Early Colleges
  • Thomas Maclaren State Charter School
  • Victory Preparatory Academy High State Charter School

Cherry Creek 5

  • Aspen Crossing Elementary School
  • Belleview Elementary School
  • Campus Middle School
  • Challenge School
  • Cherry Creek Charter Academy
  • Cherry Creek High School
  • Cherry Hills Village Elementary School
  • Cottonwood Creek Elementary School
  • Dry Creek Elementary School
  • Greenwood Elementary School
  • Heritage Elementary School
  • Homestead Elementary School
  • Indian Ridge Elementary School
  • Rolling Hills Elementary School
  • Willow Creek Elementary School

Cheyenne Mountain 12

  • Broadmoor Elementary School
  • Cheyenne Mountain Elementary School
  • Cheyenne Mountain High School
  • Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School
  • Gold Camp Elementary School
  • The Vanguard School (Elementary)
  • The Vanguard School (High)

Clear Creek RE-1

  • Georgetown Community School
  • King-Murphy Elementary School

Colorado Springs 11

  • Academy For Advanced And Creative Learning
  • Chipeta Elementary School

Denver Public Schools

  • Bromwell Elementary School
  • Cory Elementary School
  • Creativity Challenge Community
  • Denver School of The Arts
  • DSST: Byers Middle School
  • DSST: Byers High School
  • DSST: Stapleton High School
  • Lincoln Elementary School
  • McAuliffe International School
  • Polaris at Ebert Elementary School
  • Slavens K-8 School
  • Southmoor Elementary School
  • Steck Elementary School
  • Steele Elementary School
  • Swigert International School
  • University Park Elementary School
  • Westerly Creek Elementary School
  • William (Bill) Roberts K-8 School

Douglas County RE-1

  • Academy Charter School
  • Challenge to Excellence Charter School
  • Mountain Vista High School
  • Northridge Elementary School
  • Parker Core Knowledge Charter School
  • Platte River Charter Academy
  • Redstone Elementary School
  • STEM School
  • Stone Mountain Elementary
  • Summit View Elementary School
  • Wildcat Mountain Elementary School

Eads RE-1

  • Eads Elementary School

Eagle County RE-50

  • Eagle County Charter Academy

East Grand 2

  • East Grand Middle School
  • Fraser Valley Elementary School

Edison 54JT

  • Edison Elementary School
  • Edison Junior-Senior High School

Englewood 1

  • Englewood Leadership Academy

Gilpin County RE-1

  • Gilpin County Elementary School

Harrison 2

  • Soaring Eagles Elementary School

Jefferson County R-1

  • Bergen Valley Intermediate School
  • Bradford Intermediate School
  • Bradford Primary School
  • Coal Creek Canyon K-8 Elementary School
  • Conifer Senior High School
  • Deer Creek Middle School
  • Dennison Elementary School
  • D'Evelyn Junior-Senior High School
  • Devinny Elementary School
  • Elk Creek Elementary School
  • Evergreen High School
  • Evergreen Middle School
  • Fairmount Elementary School
  • Jefferson Academy
  • Jefferson Academy High School
  • Manning Options School
  • Marshdale Elementary School
  • Meiklejohn Elementary
  • Mitchell Elementary School
  • Mount Carbon Elementary School
  • Parmalee Elementary School
  • Ralston Elementary School
  • Ralston Valley Senior High School
  • Red Rocks Elementary School
  • Ute Meadows Elementary School
  • West Woods Elementary School
  • Westridge Elementary School

Kim Reorganized 88

  • Kim Elementary School
  • Kim Undivided High School

Lewis-Palmer 38

  • Lewis-Palmer High School
  • Prairie Winds Elementary School
  • Ray E Kilmer Elementary School

Littleton 6

  • Arapahoe High School
  • Franklin Elementary School
  • Highland Elementary School
  • Hopkins Elementary School
  • John Wesley Powell Middle School
  • Littleton Academy
  • Lois Lenski Elementary School
  • Runyon Elementary School
  • Sandburg Elementary School
  • Wilder Elementary School

Mesa County Valley 51

  • New Emerson School at Columbus

North Conejos RE-1J

  • Manassa Elementary School

Ouray R-1

  • Ouray Middle School
  • Ouray Senior High School

Platte Conyon 1

  • Fitzsimmons Middle School

Poudre R-1

  • Bacon Elementary School
  • Bennett Elementary School
  • Bethke Elementary School
  • Dunn Elementary School
  • Fort Collins Montessori School
  • Fossil Ridge High School
  • Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School
  • Kruse Elementary School
  • Liberty Common Charter School
  • Livermore Elementary School
  • McGraw Elementary School
  • Red Feather Lakes Elementary School
  • Traut Core Elementary School
  • Werner Elementary School
  • Zach Elementary School

Pueblo City 60

  • Fountain International Magnet School

Pueblo County 70

  • The Connect Charter School

Ridgway R-2

  • Ridgway Middle School
  • Ridgway High School

School District 27J

  • Brantner Elementary School 

South Routt RE 3

  • Soroco High School

St. Vrain Valley RE-1J

  • Altona Middle School
  • Black Rock Elementary
  • Blue Mountain Elementary
  • Lyons Elementary School

Steamboat Springs RE-2

  • North Routt Charter School
  • Soda Creek Elementary School
  • Steamboat Springs Middle School
  • Strawberry Park Elementary School

Summit RE-1

  • Frisco Elementary School

Swink 33

  • Swink Elementary School

Telluride R-1

  • Telluride Middle School

Thompson R2-J

  • Berthoud Elementary School
  • Big Thompson Elementary School
  • Coyote Ridge Elementary School
  • Ivy Stockwell Elementary School

Weld County RE-8

  • Quest Academy at Dacono

Windsor RE-4

  • Windsor Charter Academy Elementary School

Contact Information:
Kim Burnham
Competitive Grants and Awards
(303) 866-6916

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