Love learning at IWA
IWA develops discerning, curious, and empathetic leaders who are prepared to effect positive change in the world. Incarnate Word Academy's innovative curriculum and booming, opportunity-filled downtown environment help this small school nurture big thinkers.
Build a spiritual foundation
Spiritual growth at Incarnate Word Academy reflects the spirituality and the mission of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament who founded our school over 144 years ago. As young Women of the Word, IWA girls become a source of light and goodness in the world.
Get involved in student life
IWA's supportive environment encourages you to explore your talents and interests. Whether it’s through performing arts, athletics, clubs, or simple laughter with friends, IWA girls become sisters because they are welcoming, kind, and know how to have fun.
Support Incarnate Word Academy
Gifts to the Spirit of the Word Annual Fund help our Incarnate Word family continue a 144-year tradition of providing young women in the Houston area the education and values to live for others and Jesus, the Incarnate Word.
Take a photo tour of IWA
The Houston Business Journal featured 13 beautiful photos of the new Academic Building and Young Leaders Conference Center from SBWV Architects .
Campus News:
Falcon Theatre presents Hairspray! ... Purchase tickets
November Lunch Menu is available ... See the menu
The Word Magazine and Annual Report is available online. ... Read the Fall Issue
Raffle Winners Announced! ... Find out who won!
Incarnate Word Academy has been awarded a 2018 Top Workplaces honor by The Houston Chronicle. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. “Becoming a Top Workplace isn’t something organizations can buy,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage. “It’s an achievement that organizations have worked for and a distinction that gives them a competitive advantage. It’s a big deal.” President of Incarnate Word Academy Sister Lauren Beck, C.V.I. added, "It is my belief that people make deliberate choices when seeking out the best workplaces to use their gifts and skills. It is great to see that our employees recognize us as a welcoming, caring and employee supportive environment. It is also an honor to be recognized throughout the city."
2019 All-Region Choir
2019 All-Region Choir
On October 29, 7 members of the IWA Choir submitted entries into the Texas Private Schools Music Educators Association Region 3 All-Region Choir contest. The ladies made recorded auditions which were ranked by panels of 5 judges, competing with dozens of other entries from across southeast Texas. The competition was intense, but we are proud that four of our students were honored by selection into the All-Region Choir. Soprano 1: Sofia Garza '21 Soprano 2: Dominique Nanquil '20 Alto 2: Maria Bello '20 & Elise Potier '22 Their auditions will also advance for competition in the All-State Choir contest. They will perform in the Region Choir Concert held at St. Agnes Academy on January 12, 2019, conducted by Dr. Kurt von Kampen from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. Congratulations to these hard-working young musicians for their accomplishment in being selected for the All-Region Choir!
PwC hosts IWA senior class
PwC hosts IWA senior class
The senior class of Incarnate Word Academy spent Wednesday with twenty female professionals at PricewaterhouseCoopers as part of the organization’s 8th annual Young Women’s Leadership Conference. The conference, held exclusively for IWA students at PwC’s offices at Wells Fargo Plaza in downtown Houston aims to build student confidence, inspire students to take managed risks, and set expectations for working in a professional environment. Houston Office Managing Partner Jodi Probst kicked off the conference with a warm welcome emphasizing that this opportunity to interact with young women on the cusp of their professional lives was “one of the best days of my year.” After the welcome, students broke into small groups lead by female professionals from several PwC departments where they focused on interviewing tips, crafting an “elevator pitch” professional networking, dressing for success, and navigating the workplace.
On my first day of freshman year, I remember going to my locker and inside there was a note that read "I hope your transition is great!" It was such a nice gesture because though the other students did not know me, they cared for me and wanted me to succeed.”
Celeste Collins
Celeste Collins
Class of 2019
"I have always had a fascination with the sciences, and my Biology teacher made class enjoyable and challenging which fostered my love of science even more.”
Grace Michael
Grace Michael
Class of 2020
"Spirituality at IWA is so much more than a daily prayer at the beginning of class. IWA takes it to a whole different level, and there are so many opportunities that will allow you to grow in your faith.”
Sarah Rosales
Sarah Rosales
Class of 2019
"As you peruse this website, I hope you have a smile on your face as I do. I continue to marvel at what our students accomplish for themselves and others."
Sister Lauren Beck, C.V.I.
Sister Lauren Beck, C.V.I.
President of IWA

Upcoming Events

12/11/2018 7:15 am - 8:15 am
Junior Cocoa Fundraiser
12/11/2018 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Junior Cocoa Fundraiser
12/11/2018 6:00 pm - 7:20 pm
ATH: JV Basketball vs. St. Francis Episcopal
A Woman of the Word is eager, curious and recognizes that her days at the Academy are just the beginning of her lifelong journey as a learner. She tries her best, stays positive and shows integrity, even when something is challenging.
A Woman of the Word knows that the real value of her education is found in the critical thinking, collaboration and problem-solving skills that she will use to identify a problem and develop tomorrow’s extraordinary solutions.
A Woman of the Word seeks out diverse ideas, recognizing that understanding perspectives different than her own yields empathy and compassion.
A Woman of the Word graduate is empowered as a bold, authentic servant leader with a first instinct to serve. She looks beyond herself and naturally finds opportunities to be there for others, impacting the community both within and outside IWA.
A Woman of the Word can confidently articulate her story, advocating for herself and leveraging her experiences and strengths. She courageously leans into fear, and when she stumbles, she reflects, adjusts her approach and perseveres.