Academic Support

IWA’s academic advising team is comprised of three parts: Academic Advising, College Counseling, and Student Wellness.  

Available to students from the time of acceptance through graduation and beyond, the student support team is dedicated to developing each student’s unique strengths and talents. IWA’s academic advisors work closely with students and their families to build personally-challenging schedules, develop effective study and organization skills, and smoothly navigate the high school years so each student is prepared to attend the college of her choice.   

"IWA will help you in any way that they can.  Whether it's here or outside of the school, they want to see you succeed in life and make sure you have the resources you need."

Academic Advising by Classification

Freshmen Year

Your high school story has just begun!  Freshmen year is all about the adjustment to a high school environment and our Academic Advising team is dedicated to helping freshmen thrive in a more academically challenging environment.  

  • Academic Advising: Our counselors meet with students after registration to empower students to create personally-challenging schedules that are working toward meeting all graduation requirements.

  • Freshmen Flex: Freshmen are required to attend "Freshmen Flex", a formal study skills program during Flex Time each Monday throughout the year.  Freshmen Flex focuses on learning styles, test-taking strategies, organizational study skills, and health and wellness best practices.

  • Freshmen Parent Night: Freshmen parents are invited to attend the Freshman Parent night to learn how to help their daughters navigate the IWA academic journey. 

  • PSAT 8/9: All freshmen take the PSAT 8/9 at IWA in October. The PSAT 8/9 tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT and PSAT/NMSQT in a way that makes sense for 8th & 9th graders. It measures what you're already learning, gives you practice for the PSAT, and lets you know where you might need to improve.  Check out our standardized testing page to learn more about standardized tests.

  • Freshmen Lunches: Students sign up for a day to have lunch (desserts provided!) and play some card games to get to know some of their classmates and our school counselor a little bit better! 

Sophomore Year

Your story continues!  Our Academic Advising team is here to support your overall academic, social and emotional health. Sophomore year is your chance to really get involved in the IWA community and embrace the IWA sisterhood. Here are some of the resources and events that you can expect your second year: 

  • Academic Advising: Our counselors meet with students and parents/guardians in the spring semester to empower students to create personally-challenging schedules that are working toward meeting all graduation requirements.
  • Sophomore Seminars: Sophomores attend quarterly seminars during Flex Time designed to build community and provide social support for students. With an emphasis on cultivating sisterhood, each seminar highlights one of IWA’s three cultural ideals–Be Positive, Be United and Be There for one another.
  • PSAT: All Sophomores take the PSAT at IWA in October. This gives students the opportunity to practice taking standardized tests and prepare for the PSAT/NMSQT.  Check out our standardized testing page to learn more about standardized tests.
  • Sophomore & Junior Parent Night: Sophomore and Junior parents are invited to the Sophomore and Junior Parent Night to learn more about interpreting PSAT, SAT and ACT scores as well as how to help their daughters navigate the college application process.
  • Formal Enrichment Programs: Students are encouraged to attend  enrichment programs, such as Urban Plan, LYS and Oxbridge Study Abroad, to stretch your thinking, social skills, and leadership abilities.   

Junior Year

With AP exams, standardized tests and the college application process in the near future, IWA’s Academic Advising team works closely with you to ensure your academic success. Junior year is your time leverage your academic experiences and unique strengths as a bold authentic, servant leader. Here are some of the resources and events that you can expect your third year: 

  • Academic Advising: Our counselors meet with students  in the Spring Semester to empower students to create personally-challenging schedules that are working toward meeting all graduation requirements.
  • Standardized Testing: All Juniors take the PSAT/NMSQT at IWA in October which serves as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Many juniors participate in SAT/ACT test prep during the fall semester including a diagnostic exam to determine which exam is best suited for each student. Juniors are encouraged to take the SAT and ACT in the spring of junior year and again in the summer or fall of senior year. During the Spring Semester, IWA offers the SAT on-site during a school day. To learn more about standardized tests and how to register, check out our standardized testing page.
  • AP Exams: Juniors in AP courses sit for AP exams in May.
  • Sophomore & Junior Parent Night: Sophomore and Junior parents are invited to the Sophomore and Junior Parent Night to learn more about interpreting PSAT, SAT and ACT scores as well as how to help their daughters navigate the college application process.
  • College Counseling:  Our College Counseling department offers a series of college workshops throughout the school year about creating a college list, visiting colleges, creating a polished resume, utilizing Naviance, writing college essays, etc. Additionally, juniors are invited to attend IWA’s Texas College Tour in the Fall and the Spring. 

Senior Year

With college in the not too distant future, your last year at IWA is all about equipping you with the tools you need to confidently articulate your story. Our Academic Advisors and College Counselor work closely with you as you navigate the college application process. Here are some of the resources and events that you can expect your final year: 

  • Academic and College Advising: The college counselor meets with students in the Fall to review their senior schedule and transcript to ensure all graduation requirements are met or in progress. Students prepare and submit college applications through Naviance.
  • Senior Parent Night:  IWA offers an evening for senior parents on the college application process, including Financial Aid 101.
  • AP Exams: Seniors in AP courses sit for AP exams in May.
  • Senior Launch: IWA hosts a "Senior Launch" for seniors and their parents. This event will be educational and helpful in preparing senior students and their parents for the changes that come with transitioning from high school to college. There is also a roundtable discussion with conversation about launching into young adulthood. 

Additional Academic Resources

Library Resources

The Incarnate Word Academy Library Program responds to our rapidly changing world of information–the many available options, the skills required to evaluate them, and the importance of using them responsibly.  Through a wide variety of projects and experiences, an IWA student is well prepared for college-level research. 

See our library resources

Modified Block

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IWA utilizes a modified block schedule which allows teachers and students extended time in each class once per week for an experiential activity, a lab, a longer AP-style test, or time for supported practice. 

See our bell schedule

Flex Time

Students learn time-management and prioritization skills through Flex Time, 40 minutes at the end of each school day that is used at the student's discretion. Flex Time provides opportunities for students to engage in tutoring, collaborate in groups, plan for the week or participate in enrichment activities like speakers or stress management workshops.

Accommodations

Those students who have psycho-educational evaluations on file with the school and currently receive accommodations in the regular classroom may qualify for accommodations.  Please contact counselor Emma Thompson by e-mail or call 713.227.3637 ext. 113 for more information.

Accommodations at IWA

Guidelines for Learning Disabilities

Guidelines for Psychiatric Disorders

My Homework

All students at IWA are required to download the app "myHomework" to their iPad.This app serves as a digital planner for students to track homework assignments, tests, quizzes, and other major assignments. It serves as a central communication tool for teachers to send out quick announcements and allows students to take ownership of their organization.  myHomework syncs across devices so students can easily access classes and assignments anytime and anywhere.

Parents may also create myHomework accounts and "join" their daughters classes to track all upcoming assignments, tests, and major due dates. Parents will provide the school's name and search for teachers and "join" their class. 

Click here for myHomework Parent Information

Netclassroom

NetClassroom is a tool that allows both students and parents/guardians access such information as grades and report cards. Each family is asked to set up a personal account at the beginning of freshman year.   

Access Netclassroom

Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences

Parents/guardians are welcome to confer as needed with teachers, the counselor or the administration at any time during the year by appointment. Parents are requested to confer in person with teachers of any class in which the student makes below a 70 for any nine week grading period. Additionally, Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences are held twice per year in October and February.

Formal Enrichment Programs

Students are encouraged to attend  enrichment programs, such as Urban Plan, LYS and Oxbridge Study Abroad, to stretch your thinking, social skills, and leadership abilities.