Academics

2017-2018 School Profile
CEEB Code: 443-330

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Leadership 

Sister Lauren Beck, C.V.I.
President
Mary Aamodt, Ed.D.
Principal

Contact Information 

Alexandra El-Lahham
Academic Dean & College Counseling Contact Person
Natasha Jesudason 
Registrar
Charles Kafoglis 
Director of Character & Leadership

 

Mission

Incarnate Word Academy provides young women with a Catholic college preparatory education helping them grow in their relationship with Jesus, the Incarnate Word, and live according to His values.

 

Accreditation

Texas Catholic Conference Education Department under aegis of the Texas Education Agency; AdvancEd.

 

Professional Affiliations

National Catholic Education Association, Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, Houston Area Independent Schools, Texas Association for College Admissions Counseling, National Association for College Admissions Counseling, College Board, Greater Houston Partnership

 

Honor Societies

National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, International Thespian Society

 

School Community

Incarnate Word Academy, a Catholic college-preparatory high school for young women, is uniquely situated in thriving and diverse downtown Houston surrounded by Minute Maid Park, Discovery Green, the George R. Brown Convention Center, and bustling centers of business and the arts. The oldest Catholic high school in Houston, Incarnate Word Academy is owned and operated by the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament and is celebrating 144 years since its inception in 1873. Today, the student body represents fifty-one Catholic parishes and 101 zip codes across the metropolitan area, yet remains a friendly, intimate community of 348 young women. IWA opened a new $15 million, 18,500 square foot academic building in the spring of 2017 to provided additional space for classes, collaboration, student life and fine arts. Incarnate Word Academy is also home to the Young Leaders Program, which empowers young women to lead and serve. 

 

Young Leaders Program

The Young Leaders Program provides IWA students and opportuity to develop in-demand leadership skills built upon a foundation of strong personal character. The program combines collegiate-level curriculum and experiential opportunities to empower students to take on leadership roles in their communities.

The program consists of a 4-course curriculum, known as the Young Leaders Concentration, that provides an in-depth exposure to the leadership discipline. These courses leverage nationally recognized materials from institutions such as Santa Clara University and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. The program also provides out-of-class experiences for each grade classification. For freshmen and sophomores, the focus is on character – challenging each student to be virtuous by doing the right things, the right way, and, thus, becoming a role model. Juniors and seniors focus on leadership by applying learned leadership skills into action in a variety of service projects, student-run businesses, and in school organizations. IWA also teams up with corporate partners and national orgainzations, such as PwC, Halliburton, and Chick-fil-A to bring classroom lessons out in the real world. Graduating from IWA with a concentration in Leadership makes our students uniquely prepared to significantly impact their communities.

 

IWA at a Glance

Total enrollment (9-12) 348 Student Demographics  
12th-grade enrollment 80 African American/Black 9%
    Asian or Pacific Islander 8%
Faculty (full-time and part-time) 39 Hispanic 24%
Faculty with master’s degrees 69% Multi-Racial 11%
Faculty with Ph.D. or Ed.D. 13% All Other Ethnicities 48%
Average class size 16 Catholic 81%
Student to faculty ratio 9:1 Non-Catholic 19%

 

College Preparatory Curriculum

IWA’s college preparatory curriculum exceeds the TEA’s recommended program, and allows students to expand upon their strengths and interests with diverse academic electives such as Contemporary US Women’s History, Leading with Service, and Leading with Business, a course in partnership with the Wharton School of Business. In addition to the academic requirements, students are required to complete 75 Service Learning Hours, 60 of which are with a single agency. 

 

28 credits are required for graduation:

Theology 4 Foreign Language (same language) 3
English 4 Physical Education 1
Mathematics 4 Health Education .5
Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) 4 Speech .5
Social Studies 3 Technology .5
Government .5 Fine Arts 1
Economics .5 Leading with Character .5
    Elective 1

 

GPA and Class Rank

GPA is determined using a 4.0 scale with an additional weight of 1.0 for honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. The GPA is weighted and cumulative from 9th grade. Incarnate Word Academy does not rank students. The GPA is weighted and cumulative from 9th grade. Transfer grades are not calculated into GPA. 

  Grade On-Level Honors/AP
A 90-100 4.0 5.0
B 80-89 3.0 4.0
C 75-79 2.0 3.0
D 70-74 1.0 2.0
F Below 70 0 0

 

Modified Block Schedule & Flex Time 

IWA uses a modified block schedule.  Students attend all eight classes on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, four of their classes on Tuesdays and the other four on Wednesdays. This allows more time for experiential learning and reflection and decreases the homework load two nights per week. Students can learn time-mangement and prioritzation skills theough Flex Time, 40 minutes at the end of each school day that is used at the student's discretion. Flex Time provides opportunites for students to engage in tutoring, collaborate in groups, plan for the week or participate in enrichment activites like speakers or stress mangement workshops.

 

Honors and Advanced Placement Courses

IWA offers 16 honors courses and 12 AP courses. Each department determines it's enrollment standards for academic performance, participation and faculty recommendation. There is no limit to the number of honors/AP courses a student may take, and each course is given a one point weight in the student’s GPA. All students enrolled in an AP course must sit for the AP exam.

Honors Courses  AP Courses 
Algebra I Geometry Biology Latin
Algebra II Latin III Calculus AB United States History
Biology Physics  Calculus BC Spanish Language & Culture
Chemistry Physics II Chemistry Statistics
Economics Pre-Calculus English Language & Composition U.S. Government & Politics
English I Spanish III English Literature & Composition  
English II World Geography French Language & Culture  
French III World History   *New for 2016-2017

 

Standardized Testing

SAT Scores* Middle 50%

Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015
Students Tested 28 58 60
Crit. Reading 500-630 500-630 510-600
Math 500-620 500-590 460-590
Writing 530-650 520-620 500-630
    *All scores prior to SAT redesign   

 

SAT Scores* Middle 50%

Class of 2017
Students Tested 29
EBRW 610-680
Math 560-660
   *All scores after the SAT redesign

 

ACT Scores Middle 50%

Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015
Students Tested  55 67 42
English  23-30 21-28 20-27
Math   20-26 18-25 18-26
Reading   23-31  20-30 23-30
Science Reasoning  22-26 22-25 19-24
Composite  23-30 21-27 20-26

 

AP Scores

  2017 2016 2015
11th/12th students taking at least one exam 68% 69% 71%
Total Exams 252 213 239
Students with scores 3+ 80% 86% 84%

 

National Recognition

2017 Advanced Placement Recognition  Students Recognized in National Merit Scholarship Program 
AP Scholars 19 Class of 2018 4
AP Scholars with Honor 1 Class of 2017 3
AP Scholars with Distinction 4 Class of 2016 3
National AP Scholar 1 Class of 2015 2
    Class of 2014 1
    Class of 2013

 

Cumulative GPA Distribution (Six Semesters)

  4.0 3.75-3.99 3.5-3.74 3.25-3.49 3.0-3.24 Below 3.0
Class of 2018 36% 5% 8% 13% 10% 28%
Class of 2017 38% 15% 10% 10% 14% 13%
Class of 2016 38% 20% 9% 13% 10% 10%
Class of 2015 43% 13% 11% 8% 8% 17%

 

 

College Matriculation

  2017 2016 2015
Size of graduating class 70 69 64
4 year universities 99% 97% 97%
Out-of-state 23% 22% 22%
Private 43% 49% 38%
Public 57% 51% 62%

 

College Matriculation: Class of 2017

Baylor University (3) Stephen F. Austin State University (3) University of Minnesota
Benedectine Univsersity Texas A&M University (5) University of North Texas
Covenant College Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi University of St. Thomas (3)
Hendrix College (2) Texas A&M University-Galveston (3) University of The Incarnate Word (5)
Hofstra University Texas State University (2) University of Virginia 
Houston Baptist University Texas Tech University (2)  
Lee University The University of Texas at Austin (6)  
Loyola University Maryland The University of Texas at Dallas (2)  
Oklahoma State University Trinity University  
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Tulane University  
Southwestern University (3) University of Arkansas (3)  
St. Edward's University (2) University of Dallas (2)  
 St. John's University University of Houston (9)   

College Acceptances: Classes of 2013-2017

Agnes Scott College Loyola University Chicago Trinity University
Allegheny College Loyola University Maryland Tulane University
American University Loyola University New Orleans University of Arkansas
Arcadia University Marquette University University of Alabama
Arizona State University McGill University  University of Arizona
Assumption College Millsaps College  University of British Columbia
Auburn University Mississippi State University University of Colorado
Austin College Mount Carmel College of Nursing University of Dallas
Ave Maria University Mount St. Mary's University University of Houston
Bates College New York University University of Kansas
Baylor University Northeastern University University of Kentucky
Belmont University Northwestern University University of Louisiana
Boston University Ohio State University University of Mary-Hardin Baylor
Brigham Young University Oklahoma City University University of Miami
Brown University Oklahoma State University University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Catholic University of America Our Lady of the Lake University University of Mississippi
Chatham University Pennsylvania State University University of Missouri 
Clemson University Pepperdine University University of Nebraska
College of the Holy Cross Prairie View A&M University University of North Texas
College of William & Mary Purdue University University of Notre Dame
Colorado School of Mines Regis University University of Oklahoma
Colorado State University Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute University of Portland
Columbia University Rice University  University of San Diego
Concordia Univserity Saint Louis University University of San Francisco
Cornell College Saint Mary's College of California University of South Carolina
Covenant College Sam Houston State University University of Southern Mississippi
Creighton University San Diego State University University of St. Andrews
Dartmouth College Santa Clara University University of St. Thomas
DeSales University Savannah College of Art and Design University of Tennessee
Drexel University Seattle University University of Texas
Duke University Seton Hill University University of Texas at Arlington
Duquesne University Southern Methodist University University of Texas at Dallas
Eckerd College Southwestern University University of Texas at San Antonio
Emory University Spelman College University of the Incarnate Word
Fairfield University Spring Hill College University of Toronto
Florida State University St. Edward's University University of Vermont
Fordham University St. Gregory's University University of Waterloo
Franciscan University St. John's University Valparaiso University
George Mason University St. Mary's University of San Antonio Vanderbilt University
Georgia Institue of Technology Stanford University Villanova University
Goucher College Stephen F. Austin State University Virginia Commonwealth University
Hampton University Stephens College University of Virginia
Hawaii Pacific University Syracuse University Warner Pacific College
Hendrix College Temple University University of Washingtion
Hofstra University Texas A&M University Washington State University
Hollins University Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi West Texas A&M University
Houston Baptist University Texas A&M University-Galveston West Virginia University
Howard Payne University Texas Christian University Westminister College
Johns Hopkins University Texas Lutheran University William Jewel College
Kansas State University Texas Southern University Xavier University of Louisiana
Lone Star College Texas State University  
Louisiana State University Texas Tech University  
Loyola Marymount University Texas Women's University