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.
- A rigorous, college-preparatory education
- Programs that empower young women to lead and serve
- A Catholic education
- Dedicated faculty and staff
- Support of the whole person
- A supportive, all-girls community
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“We have always wanted Catholic, single-gender education for our kids, but we also wanted them to have a good sense of the rest of the world. IWA brings the best of both ideas together.”
Katy & Todd Theroux // Parents of Mary Kate '17, Claire '19, Dana '21