Academics

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

  • 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