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.
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UrbanPlan at IWA
UrbanPlan at IWA
Incarnate Word Academy continued its partnership with the Urban Land Institute to offer two summer sessions of UrbanPlan, an exciting educational initiative designed to teach students about urban growth and development. After taking a crash course in the workings of local government, land development, and public-private partnerships, the 30 participating students tackled a request for proposal for the revitalization of a hypothetical community. Students formed into development teams and assumed one of five roles: finance director, marketing director, city liaison, neighborhood liaison, or site planner. By responding to the different constituent requests in the proposal and working together representing different aspects of the team, students gained an appreciation for the various forces that affect the land-development process.
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!
Gold Star Girl Scout!
Gold Star Girl Scout!
This summer, Grace Michael '20 earned the Girl Scout Gold Award–the highest honor in Girl Scouting! This award recognizes girls in freshman through senior year who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Grace's Gold Award journey began while taking the Leading with Service class at IWA. It was through this incredible class that her volunteer work with The Summerhouse began.
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.