For 149 years, Incarnate Word Academy has offered young women a Catholic,
college-preparatory high school education, based on Academics, Values and Spirituality. 

How to Apply to the
Freshman Class

How to Apply as a Transfer or International Student


Vivian Bains

Vivian Bains

Assistant Director of Admissions
B.A., University of Houston Honors College
Christina Cao

Christina Cao

Director of Admissions
B. A., St. Catherine University St. Paul
M. Ed., University of St. Thomas

Frequently Asked Questions

What percentage of IWA students are accepted into college?
Each year, 100 percent of our seniors receive multiple college acceptances to competitive colleges in the United States and abroad.

Is IWA academically competitive?
The statistics speak for themselves. Our AP test scores (3-5 percentages) rank with the best Houston high schools and exceed Texas’ averages. More than 75% of our students who take AP placement tests score a 3-5.
We offer 22 AP classes and 5 Dual Credit classes in collaboration with Lone Star College. Anecdotally, our students reach out to IWA teachers when they are in college to report that they are well-prepared and confident in their academic abilities.

What value does the Young Leaders Program offer in student success in college and beyond? 
For students to be successful in a rapidly changing world, they need to be confident communicators and collaborators. Our Young Leaders Program empowers each student at IWA to become adaptive, authentic servant leaders. The program combines innovative, project-based classes with co-curricular opportunities that allow students to practice and develop a variety of leadership skills. Throughout the four year program, students study and embrace the character and skills necessary to be a true leader, practice these skills by organizing and executing service projects out in the community, launching a small business, and planning for their financial futures.

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IWA Hosts Open School Day on January 5

Join us for Open School Day on January 5. Tour IWA’s campus and learn more about our academic offerings, athletics, fine arts, and one-of-a-kind leadership program. Meet our students and faculty and enjoy lunch at IWA.

College Counselors Expect Another Banner Year at IWA

Last May, the Class of 2023 closed out the year with a school record $14 million in scholarships for 75 students. Dr. Talia Pennington-Dorsey, the director of College Counseling, predicts a successful year for the Class of 2024 as well.

Foundation Day Brings Community Together

Incarnate Word Academy celebrated the school's 150th Foundation Day on Friday, April 28. The morning began with the traditional crowning of the Blessed Mother and Mass. After Mass, the community walked to the 609 for the Jeanne de Matel Award presentation, lunch, and games.

The Mission of the Trip is Caring and Connection

Over Spring Break, ten students flew to Santo Domingo for a mission trip sponsored by IWA's Teens4Unity. As part of the service mission, the students taught English classes to young children at a local school called Cafe Con Leche.

iLunch Brings Community Together

A favorite tradition of students at Incarnate Word Academy is the annual International Lunch, or iLunch. Students and parents bring food specialties from their culture to share with the community. After lunch, a joyful assembly kicks off where students perform cultural dances, model fashions, and celebrate.

Career Day Inspires Students' Dreams for Tomorrow

January's Career Day kicked off with a keynote speech from alumna Manuelita “PJ” Barnett ‘02. Manuelita, a funeral home director, emphasized three qualities for students to develop: composure, resilience, and focus. These qualities have enabled her to help and counsel her clients, overcome personal hardships, and persevere to complete a college degree. Following the keynote, more than 40 professionals from fields ranging from fine arts to engineering shared their career advice and experience with the students.

Alumnae Share Tips for College Success

More than 20 alumnae from the classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022 returned to campus on Thursday, January 5, to participate in panel discussions about life after IWA.

On Pitch: Choir Members Earn Prestigious Honors

Everyone who attends school Mass at IWA knows that the IWA Choir, directed by Joshua Wilson, is a talented bunch. Recently they earned regional and state awards from Texas Private School Music Educators.

Incarnate Word Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.