Academics

IWA’s academic advising team is available to students from the time of acceptance through graduation and beyond. With a focus on the developing each student’s unique strengths and talents, IWA’s academic advisors work closely with students and their families to build personally-challenging schedules, develop effective study and organization skills, and smoothly navigate the high school years so each student is prepared to attend the college of her choice. 

The school counselors may be contacted by phone at (713) 227-3637 or by e-mail:

 

Four-Year Guidance

Freshman Year | Sophomore Year | Junior Year | Senior Year

Freshman Year

  • Academic advisors meet with students and families to empower students to create personally-challenging schedules that are working toward meeting all graduation requirements.

  • Freshmen meet with the counselor in small groups in the fall to ease the transition to high school.

  • Freshmen participate in a formal study skills program during the first semester focusing on learning styles, test taking strategies and organizational skills.

  • Freshmen participate in the Choices Prevention program, a proactive partnership with the Council on Recovery Houston to educate students about making healthy choices to avoid high risk behaviors.

  • Students and families attend the Catholic High School College Night at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in October.

  • Students consider careers through annual Career Day.

  • Students may choose to participate in stress management and semester exam preparation workshops.

 

Sophomore Year

  • Academic advisors meet with students and families to empower students to create personally-challenging schedules that are working toward meeting all graduation requirements.

  • Sophomores take the PSAT in the fall and participate in a workshop with their parents about interpreting the results.

  • Sophomores participate in the Choices Prevention program, a proactive partnership with the Council on Recovery Houston to educate students about making healthy choices to avoid high risk behaviors.

  • Student and family attend the Catholic High School College Night at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in October.

  • Students consider careers through annual Career Day.

  • Students may choose to participate in stress management and semester exam preparation workshops.

 

Junior Year

  • Academic advisors meet with students and families to empower students to create personally-challenging schedules that are working toward meeting all graduation requirements.

  • Many juniors take the SAT/ACT test prep elective course during the fall semester including a diagnostic exam to determine which exam is best suited for each student.

  • Some juniors will participate in PSAT/NMSQT preparation.

  • Juniors take the PSAT/NMSQT in the fall and participate in a workshop with their parents about interpreting the results.

  • Juniors begin working proactively with Naviance to develop a college application list.

  • Students meet with college admissions representatives on IWA’s campus.

  • Students and families attend the Catholic High School College Night at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in October.

  • Students and families attend a FAFSA workshop led by a university financial aid office.

  • Counselors offer a series of college workshops in the spring about creating a college list, visiting colleges, creating a polished resume, utilizing Naviance, writing college essays, etc.

  • Students consider careers through annual Career Day

  • Students may choose to participate in stress management and semester exam preparation workshops.

  • Juniors in AP courses sit for AP exams in May.

  • Juniors are encouraged to take the SAT and ACT in the spring of junior year and again in the summer or fall of senior year.

 

Senior Year

  • The academic advisor and student review senior schedule and transcript to ensure all graduation requirements are met or in progress.

  • Before school starts in August, students come to campus for a college application workshop to begin-- or even complete-- applications before school starts.

  • Continually throughout the year, seniors meet individually with the college counselor to finalize application list, fill out Apply Texas and/or Common Application, determine who will write teacher recommendations, review resume and essays, apply for financial aid, select a college, etc.

  • Students meet with college admissions representatives on IWA’s campus.

  • Students and families attend the Catholic High School College Night at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in October.

  • Students and families attend a FAFSA workshop led by a university financial aid office.

  • Students consider careers through annual Career Day