609 Crawford Street | (713) 227-3637

Incarnate Word Academy (IWA) is located Downtown. It is a private, Catholic, school for young women. The oldest Catholic high school in Houston, Incarnate Word was founded in 1873. IWA is affiliated with the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and operated by the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament. The school moved into a new building Downtown in 2017. IWA offers a college preparatory curriculum as well as an optional concentration in leadership, through the Young Leaders Program, or business with Leading in Business, a partnership with the Wharton School of Business. In addition to academic requirements, students are required to complete 75 Service Learning Hours. 

Key Facts

Grade Levels
9 to 12
Student-Teacher Ratio
Average Class Size

School Year Details

School Start Date Aug. 15, 2018
School End Date May 31, 2019
Start Time 7:55 AM
End Time 3:25 PM


Race & Ethnicity

Asian Pacific
African American
American Indian

Special Programs


College Preparatory
Religious Studies
Single Gender

After School Programs


Tuition and Fees

$14,150 annually


Application Deadline Jan. 15, 2019

Link to Application


ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) or HSPT (High School Placement Test)


September 20, 2018 1:51 AM

Kaitlyn Wilkes

I am currently a senior at IWA, I could not have been happier with my choice in a high school. IWA has some of the best, and most supportive teachers I’ve ever had. They are dedicated to the students bettering themselves and are always willing to help out in any way they can. The students are welcoming and genuinely nice. Even the students who aren’t in your immediate friend group are still willing to hang out and talk with you in the morning, at lunch etc. The environment is amazing, the way it’s structured allows the students to explore their interests and encourages them to find leadership positions. This is a great school with lots of diversity in people, talents, interests and organizations.

October 19, 2018 1:41 PM

Amber Caver

My daughter is currently at Senior at Incarnate Word Academy and the school has been a fabulous fit for her. I was initially hesitant about a small single gender school, but the positive school culture, strong academics and commitment to empower young women to lead and serve won me over. I have watched her learn to think critically with teachers that have challenged her and encouraged her every step of the way. The Young Leaders Program curriculum has given her the tools to work with others and confidence to take on significant leadership roles in her extra curricular activities.

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