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2018-2019 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 

Gina Galassi
Academic Dean 
Lorien Cuneo
College Counseling Contact Person
Casey Scott 
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 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 145 years since its inception in 1873. Today, the student body represents 51 Catholic parishes and 108 zip codes across the metropolitan area, yet remains a friendly, intimate community of 358 young women. IWA opened a $15 million, 18,500 square foot academic building in the spring of 2017 to provide additional space for classes, collaboration, student life and fine arts.

 

Young Leaders Program

The Young Leaders Program provides IWA students with the opportunity 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.

YLP consists of a 4-course curriculum, known as the Young Leaders Concentration, that provides an in-depth exposure to the leadership discipline. The four courses are: Leading with Character, Leading with Business, Leading with Service, and Leading with Personal Finance 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 community service projects, student-run businesses and in school organizations. IWA also teams up with corporate partners and national organizations such as PwC and Chick-Fil-A to provide nationally recognized real-world leadership lessons to our students. Students are eligible to apply to graduate as a Distinguished Leader if they complete the Young Leaders Concentration curriculum and fulfill the co-curricular and community leadership requirements.

 

IWA at a Glance

Total enrollment (9-12) 358 Student Demographics  
12th-grade enrollment 78 African American/Black 7%
 Faculty (full-time and part-time)  42 Asian or Pacific Islander 10%
Faculty with master’s degrees 62% Hispanic 29%
Faculty with Ph.D. or Ed.D. 12% Multi-Racial 3%
Average class size 17 All Other Ethnicities 21%
Student to faculty ratio 9:1 Catholic 83%
    Non-Catholic 17%

 

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 Honors Engineering Design, 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 World Languages (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-management and prioritization skills through Flex Time, 40 minutes at the end of each school day that is used at the student's discretion. Flex Time provides opportunities for students to engage in tutoring, collaborate in groups, plan for the week or participate in enrichment activities like speakers or stress management workshops.

 

Honors and Advanced Placement Courses

IWA offers 17 honors courses and 13 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.

*New for 2018-2019

Honors Courses  AP Courses 
Algebra I Geometry Biology French Language & Culture
Algebra II Latin III Calculus AB Latin
Biology Physics  Calculus BC United State History
Chemistry Physics II Chemistry Spanish Language & Culture
Economics Pre-Calculus Computer Science* Statistics
English I Spanish III English Language & Composition  U.S. Government & Politics
English II World Geography English Literature & Composition  
Engineering Design* World History    
French III      

 

Standardized Testing

SAT Scores* Middle 50%

*All scores prior to SAT redesign

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

 

SAT Scores* Middle 50%

*All scores after SAT redesign

Class of 2018 Class of 2017
Students Tested 58 29
EBRW 570-670 610-680
Math 510-630 560-660

 

ACT Scores Middle 50%

Class of 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016
Students Tested 58  55 67
English 22-26  23-30 21-28
Math  18-25  20-26 18-25
Reading  22-30  23-31  20-30
Science Reasoning 21-25  22-26 22-25
Composite 21-25  23-30 21-27

 

AP Scores

  2018 2017 2016
11th/12th students taking at least one exam 65% 68% 69%
Total Exams 243 252 213
Students with scores 3+ 74% 80% 86%

 

National Recognition

2018 Advanced Placement Recognition  Students Recognized in National Merit Scholarship Program 
    Class of 2019 2
AP Scholars 17 Class of 2018 4
AP Scholars with Honor 8 Class of 2017 3
AP Scholars with Distinction 10 Class of 2016 3
    Class of 2015 2
    Class of 2014 1

 

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 2019 37% 7% 7% 15% 7% 27%
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%

 

 

College Matriculation

  2018
Size of graduating class 80
Post Grad Placement 79
4-year colleges & universities 99%
Out-of-state 58%
Private 63%
Public 37%

 

College Acceptances: Classes of 2015-2018

*Bold Indicates Class of 2018 Matriculation

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