Incarnate Word Academy (Houston)
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|Incarnate Word Academy|
609 Crawford Street
|Motto||Praised be the Incarnate Word|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Founder||Mother Mary Gabriel Dillon|
|Locale||St. Thomas' Episcopal School|
|President||Sister Lauren Beck, C.V.I.|
|Average class size||16|
|Student to teacher ratio||9:1|
|Color(s)||Red and white|
|Athletics conference||TAPPS 5A|
|Accreditation||Southern Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Publication||The Word Magazine|
Incarnate Word Academy serves grades 9 through 12 and is owned and operated by the Congregation of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament. IWA opened a new $15 million, 18,500 square feet (1,720 m2) academic building in the Spring of 2017 to provide additional space for classes, collaboration, student life, and fine arts.
The student body represents fifty-one Catholic parishes and 101 zip codes across the Houston metropolitan area and is a community of 348 young women. As of the 2017–2018 school year, school's racial percentages are as follows:
In 1873, Mother Mary Gabriel Dillion and two other sisters of the religious order of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament arrived at the corner of Jackson and Crawford with a historic mission in mind. The sisters were invited by Bishop John Odin to establish a school for young women.
The sisters arrived in Houston from Lyon, France by way of Brownsville, Texas on April 25, 1873. They took up their residence in a large building, once a Franciscan Monastery, across the street from St. Vincent's Church on Franklin Street. A chapel was prepared and on May 5, 1873 Mass was celebrated there. The student body marks this day each on Foundation Day.
These women of early Texas founded the first permanent school in Houston, and called it Incarnate Word Academy for Young Ladies.
The curriculum is primarily intended to prepare students for higher education and to this end students take core, college-preparatory courses and electives based on their individual interests.
Advanced Placement Program
The school has an Advanced Placement (AP) program with 30 honors and AP classes, wherein students take classes that closely parallel university-level courses in the same subject. These classes follow a strict syllabus and are graded more rigorously than non-AP courses. They culminate in a standardized, comprehensive exam each spring, a passing score on which may earn the student college credit.