Clubs & Organizations
Students are encouraged to participate in Incarnate Word Academy's thriving student life to pursue areas of interest outside the classroom.
Our many clubs and organizations provide opportunities for students to explore passions, perform service for others, and make new friends. Participation is voluntary, and in early September during Spirit Week a club fair is held for students to meet with student leaders, learn about all the clubs and organizations that IWA offers, and sign up to join. Scroll through the list below and note that new clubs and organizations are created out of student interest each year.
Falcon Theatre puts on two mainstage shows per academic year, a Fall Play and a Spring Musical. Students learn responsibility and the interdependence of all members of the production. They rely on each other not only to learn lines and blocking but also to run the sound board and the lighting, to manage set changes backstage, and to help each other when something goes wrong. In this way, theater teaches creativity not only as self-expression but as resourcefulness as well.
|The mission of the Art Club is to inspire a desire to learn more about the visual arts, to enrich the students’ knowledge of art/artists that have and continue to influence the art world, and to gain a better understanding about art and its impact on our society. Students are given opportunities to share their ideas and communicate them in their own artwork. Students meet monthly in addition to sharing work done independently outside school. The goal of the club is to create an exhibit that is shared during the annual Fine Arts Evening.|
The Photography Club encourages its members to go beyond the "selfie" and capture images of the world around them. Members share images to exhibit themes, display their work, and discuss new photography apps and filters. Photography club is open to all students who wish to capture the spirit of the Incarnate Word through their pictures.
The Chess Club is designed for young women who are interested in learning the game of chess and also for experienced players. The boards are set up, the girls are paired, and the games begin all in a relaxed and congenial atmosphere . Chess is a game that offers great personal satisfaction and opportunities to test emerging skills with other players who are also learning the game. As any chess aficionado will tell you, you are always learning! You will find the gallant knights, the stolid kings, the reckless queens and the poor and oft-sacrificed pawns dancing across red and black squares when chess club meets.
The purpose of the Speech and Debate Club is to prepare students to be confident public speakers, an invaluable skill in the classroom and beyond. Members competing in Speech tournaments select their own material and refine their presentations through practice and feedback from other members. Members competing in Debate thoroughly research their arguments based on the given topic. The Speech and Debate club encourages collaboration, teamwork, and conversation, encouraging the spirit of sisterhood in its members. The Speech and Debate Club schedules meetings around competition season.
Model United Nations is an organization that exists to advance understanding of the issues facing the United Nations today and other contemporary political issues. Model UN prepares its participants to be better global citizens and encourages them to develop skills that will help them throughout life by emphasizing collaboration and cooperative conflict resolution in an educational atmosphere.
The Junior States of America mission is to strengthen American democracy by educating and preparing high school students for life-long involvement and responsible leadership in a democratic society. In the student-run Junior State, and at The Junior State Summer Schools and summer Symposia, participants learn statesmanship as they engage in political discourse. They cultivate democratic leadership skills, challenge one another to think critically, advocate their own opinions, develop respect for opposing views, and learn to rise above self-interest to promote the public good.
In addition, there are opportunities for students to engage with other chapters of the Junior State of America throughout the year including the fall/spring conventions as well as summer programs at Stanford, Georgetown and University of Texas at Austin.
The purpose of the IWA Speech and Debate Club is to prepare students to be confident public speakers, an invaluable skill in the classroom and beyond. Members competing in Speech tournaments select their own material and refine their presentations through practice and feedback from other members. Members competing in Debate thoroughly research their arguments based on the given topic. The Speech and Debate club encourages collaboration, teamwork, and conversation, encouraging the spirit of sisterhood in its members. The Speech and Debate Club aims to send members to one competition per semester and schedules its meetings around those competitions.
The mission of the Incarnate Word Academy Student Council of Houston Texas is to promote a positive working experience that will support the educational growth of students while maintaining Christian values, to promote school spirit through participation in school activities, to promote unity among classes, as well as to strengthen the bonds between faculty and students. In strengthening these educational and Christian values we thereby establish a sense of community and provide a working example for our student body in today’s world.
- National Honor Society
- Mu Alpha Theta
- Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (Spanish National Honor Society)
- Thespian Honor Society
The mission of the National Honor Society is to create enthusiasm for scholarship; to stimulate a desire to render service; to promote leadership; and to develop character in high school students. National Honor Society members serve as role models for the school community in scholarship, leadership, service, and character. They are also responsible for providing tutoring to students in academic subjects and completing service projects throughout the year. Students who meet NHS criteria are invited to apply for membership annually in the spring.
Mu Alpha Theta is a Mathematics Honor Society founded in 1957 by Dr. and Mrs. Richard Andree at the University of Oklahoma. Mu Alpha Theta has had over 103,000 student members in over 2100 chapters in the United States and in 17 foreign countries. It is dedicated to inspiring a keen in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in the subject and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics in high school.
Students at the IWA Thespian Society Troupe 7855 have already demonstrated great commitment to theatre both on and off stage. As such, they are the core of the leadership within Falcon Theatre and all members support each play performed. Thespian Society members mentor new students to Falcon Theatre, brainstorm ideas for upcoming seasons, and represent the school at the annual Texas Thespian Festival.
The Teens for Unity Club of IWA is part of a worldwide network present in 182 countries. These teens around the world are united by one goal: to make universal brotherhood a reality by involving many other teenagers in the world in this project. We believe that only love can change the world. We want the Golden Rule to become a reality among all the people in the world. Beginning with our cities and the environments in which we live, we try in every way to break down barriers and divisions with the certainty that a united world will become a reality among all people in the world. The club meets weekly, organizes the annual IWA Talent Show and travels abroad for mission trips.
The mission of the Big Sister Club is for our IWA students to give back to a school that is providing a Christian education to students. Currently, our club partners with San Francisco Nativity Academy to create long lasting student bonds by providing weekly enrichment in their elementary after school program.
From planning retreats to coordinating mission trips, prayer services and all-school events, students in the Campus Ministry Team are in the driver’s seat in living out their faith. IWA’s student-led Campus Ministry Team is guided by our Campus Minister, but the responsibility and leadership come straight from the students. Ultimately, we aim to witness the love of Jesus, the Incarnate Word, through their leadership in programs that enhance the worship, service, and community life of IWA.
YLP's mission is to empower young women to lead and serve. The program exists to prepare IWA graduates for a life of personal and professional leadership. We aim to develop bold, authentic, servant leaders - role models who intentionally lead as a way of life and serve the needs of others. The world today is desperate for female voices who live the principles of bold, authentic leadership and we aim to do our part to fill this extreme need.
Made For Medicine is a club designed for those interested in pursuing a career in medicine. Members of this club will gain insight into the field of medicine and experience the many opportunities that it can offer. Students may also participate in school wide activities related to student health and wellness.
The Science and Engineering Club at IWA is open to all students. The club participates in various on-campus and off-campus activities throughout the year. The club is run by the president and the members can choose which activities they would like to participate in. An example of the mix of events the club has enjoyed include:
- attending STEM programs throughout Houston
- visits to science museums
- fun experiments including making ice cream, tie dye club tee-shirts
- conservation activities including volunteer clean up and Earth day activities
- notification of many available STEM camps, initiatives, and scholarships
FemTech is all about learning how to be confident with technology knowledge in this digital age. We work hard, play with tech, and learn code. All levels of skill are welcome! We strive to empower our community in the use and awareness of technology in its concepts and integration into our community. Members regularly complete activities including, but not limited to
- using CAD and design software
The Asian Culture Club's objective is to introduce and expose IWA students to multiple Asian cultures, such as Japan, South Korea, China, and India in different ways. We look at media, games, food, crafts, traditions and other fun activities through the lens of our particular interests. Throughout the year, students are also invited to multiple Asian festivals, which celebrate each country's special culture, and to participate in the dragon dance during the international luncheon. The Asian Culture Club seeks to expand IWA's awareness and knowledge of different and unique cultures, traditions, and languages.
"Veni, Vedi, Vici" Latin Club is a great way to meet new people and learn about Ancient Roman life and culture. If you are taking a Latin class, this is the club for you! Members will dress up in togas, have Roman parties, learn more about their own interests in Latin culture and of course, the Latin language itself. The Latin Club also helps organize the i-Lunch, IWA's annual international school lunch. Salve!
The mission of the Spanish Club is to strengthen cultural awareness by bringing students together to enrich our sisterhood and expand our knowledge of a variety of Hispanic countries. Spanish Club members meet monthly to actively participate in different themes including hispanic art and artists, national holidays and cuisine from different Spanish-speaking cultures. The club learns about Spanish culture through immersing themselves in activities, songs, and food!