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:
The Word Magazine and Annual Report is available online. ... Read the Fall Issue
Norma Ferrel '19 named Semifinalist by National Merit Scholarship Program ... Read More
2019 National Merit Semifinalist
2019 National Merit Semifinalist
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced that IWA senior, Norma Ferrel, is a Semifinalist in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. As a Semifinalist, Norma has the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships that will be offered next spring. Congratulations Norma!
IWA at the U.S. Senate
IWA at the U.S. Senate
Alyssa Caver '19 was one of two students chosen from the state of Texas to participate in the prestigious U.S. Senate Page Program in Washington, D.C. Appointed and sponsored by U.S. Senator John Cornyn, Alyssa performed summer page duties including delivering legislative materials within the Congressional complex and preparing the chamber for Senate sessions. We caught up with her before school started again to hear about this once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Commissioner's Trophy at IWA!
Commissioner's Trophy at IWA!
IWA Spirit Week 2018 kicked off with a visit from the ultimate spirit item–the MLB Commissioner's Trophy! A pep rally celebrating our Cross Country and Volleyball teams culminated with a surprise announcement that the Commissioner's Trophy brought home by the Astros' World Series victory was in our very hallways. Each classification got a chance to see the trophy up close and pose for photos in the Young Leaders Program Conference Center.
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

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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.