Why IWA?

For more than 145 years, Incarnate Word Academy has been a leader in girls’ education and recognized as one of Houston’s leading college-preparatory schools for young women.

At Incarnate Word Academy, girls receive an education that develops the whole person. By rooting everything we do in our school cornerstones of Academics, Values, and Spirituality, IWA nourishes the total spiritual, intellectual, cultural, and social potential of our students.

At IWA, we believe in the power of young women finding their voice in the classroom and beyond. Around the world, young women who attend girls' schools report being able to express themselves freely and frequently in an environment of support with teaching methods tailored to their needs.

Think about it: 100% of all student leadership positions at IWA are held by girls. 100% of all positions on the athletic field are played by girls. 100% of all questions asked and answered in classrooms are by girls. 

A rigorous, college-preparatory education

IWA's rigorous college-preparatory curriculum features many honors and Advanced Placement options and complementary electives

Incarnate Word Academy has designed its curriculum to prepare IWA students for a lifetime of learning.  

The curriculum of Incarnate Word Academy is centered on the core subject areas: English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Theology, and World Language.  IWA's rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, with numerous honors and Advanced Placement options, is complemented with wide-ranging electives that challenge students to leverage their strengths and confidently articulate their unique stories. 

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Programs that empower young women to lead and serve

The Young Leaders Program empowers young women to lead and serve.

A Woman of the Word graduate is empowered as a bold, authentic servant leader with a first instinct to serve. 

Incarnate Word Academy offers a unique Young Leaders Program to fill the demand for virtuous, female leaders to have a seat at the leadership table.  We use formal curriculum and extra-curricular activities to reveal within each IWA graduate her potential to lead, empower her with methods and practices, and inspire her to embrace a future life of personal and professional leadership.

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A Catholic education

Students pray at Annunciation Church.

Students grow in their relationship with Jesus, the Incarnate Word, through study, prayer and service. 

In building this relationship, our students come to an understanding of their own dignity and self-worth, as well as develop a moral sense for loving others and a call to serve.  As young Women of the Word, they become a source of Christ’s light and goodness for the world.

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Dedicated faculty and staff

The Young Leaders Program empowers young women to lead and serve.

At the heart of our academic program is our greatest resource: our talented and compassionate teachers who facilitate critical thinking and problem solving skills, which inspire students to love learning. 

When recent IWA graduates return to campus, they frequently note that their academic preparedness surpassed their college classmates, and they enthusiastically attribute this to the qualified, dedicated and passionate faculty and staff.

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Support of the whole person

Incarnate Word Academy is a private, all-girls Catholic college preparatory in the heart of downtown Houston.

By rooting everything we do in our school cornerstones of Academics, Values, and Spirituality, we nourish the total spiritual, intellectual, and social, potential of our students.

 IWA’s counseling department 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 encouraging each student to try her best, stay positive and show integrity, even when something is challenging.

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A supportive, all-girls community

Incarnate Word Academy is a private, all-girls Catholic college preparatory in the heart of downtown Houston.

As a school for young women, Incarnate Word Academy creates an environment where girls take center stage

Girls hold every student leadership role, every position on the athletic fields, and answer every question in class.  Incarnate Word Academy girls are encouraged to be engaged in their academic studies, feel comfortable taking risks and exploring interests, and most importantly, learn to love God.  

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Why All-Girls?

By the numbers

Incarnate Word Academy's all-girl environment breeds a culture of confidence where remarkable intellect is of great importance, and the development of each girl’s unique potential is essential.  The national numbers* for girls who attend all-girls schools speak for themselves:

*Data taken from Women Graduates of Single-Sex and Coeducational High Schools: Difference in their Characteristics and the Transition to College" by Linda J. Sax, Ph. D. of UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies


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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.