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James Irwin Charter Schools is named for Apollo 15 astronaut James Benson Irwin, who lived in Colorado Springs until his death in 1991. The mission of James Irwin Charter Schools is to help guide students in the development of their character and academic potential through academically rigorous, content-rich educational programs.

Our schools have been recognized nationally, statewide and locally for academic excellence and achievement.  Beginning with our academic “College Kindergarten” and culminating in our rigorous, college-preparatory high school, the schools’ mission and passion are to provide the highest quality education while developing the character of its students.

James Irwin Charter Schools opened its fifth school, Power Technical Early College in the fall of 2106. This grades 6-14 trade school is for students interested in construction or manufacturing.  Through a partnership with Pikes Peak Community College, El Paso County School District 49, the Housing and Building Association and multiple manufacturers, Power Technical Early College will pay for its students to earn an Associate’s Degree in a skilled trade.
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