Incarnate Word Academy
- Private, Catholic, All-Girls
- HOUSTON, TX
Incarnate Word Academy Reviews
Rating 4.36 out of 5 165 reviews
IWA was my first choice for high school and I absolutely do not regret it! I absolutely love the girls in my class. Our classes and teachers are absolutely incredible. The girls all bond quickly together and the sisterhood is unlike any other. A bond you won’t get at any other high school! I am and always will be grateful for Incarnate Word Academy!
Incarnate Word Academy is a fantastic school in the heart of downtown Houston. Attending here offers a great city experience, plenty of one-on-one student teacher interaction, and many resources to prepare you for college.
Good community, academics are challenging but good, teachers are nice. The community makes this school all the students and factuality are helpful and kind. Teachers are always available for a meeting or tutoring if you feel that you are struggling. Watch out for the freshman english teacher no on likes her.
Incarnate Word Academy is an all girls high school in the heart of downtown Houston. Due to its small environment, you really have an opportunity to get to know your teachers. This is also the kind of school that allows you to know each and every one of the girls in your class, each by name.
IWA has changed so much over the past few years, and not for the better. The faculty / staff turnover is insane. There have been 3 different principals in the past 5 years as well as 3 different Deans of Students and 3 different Academic Deans. Several beloved teachers have left IWA to teach at other Houston area schools. Enrollment is down, which will inevitably mean that corners will get cut. Class sizes go up while school pride goes down. So many people in the school community are disappointed and upset, yet nothing changes because Sr Lauren Beck refuses to relinquish control.
My experience at IWA has been wonderful. Although I was the only one out of my core group middle school friends to attend IWA, I soon found a new community. The teachers are knowledgeable and really push the students. It is located in downtown Houston and our next-door neighbors are the Houston Astros - how great is that.
Overall, it is a great place for a well-rounded academic experience. Every student and teacher are incredibly supportive and friendly. When they say that Incarnate Word Academy feels like a family, it is the truth.
While I went to the school it was good, the teachers made you want to learn, however many of the good teachers have left.
IWA is a small school that offers students multiple opportunities. The faculty are really caring, and the school's size means its students can easily find ways to stand out.
IWA is in a prime location downtown that allows the school community to explore the city of Houston.
I enjoy the overall atmosphere and collectiveness but there is quite a sliver of diversity when it comes to different things. Some teachers are better than others. Some circular activities or events do not intertwine well with peoples schedule.
I like that IWA is inclusive and welcoming. It has a very positive atmosphere and everyone supports everyone. No one is ever left out and everyone surrounding you is very nice. The school is located in downtown Houston, which means you are always in close proximity to a lot of great resources and places. One example is Minute Maid Park which is the home of the Astros, and during playoff season we get to be dismissed early and go to the games. Another excellent resource is Discovery Green, which basically acts as an outdoor classroom, and also allows us to help the environment by cleaning up trash there. IWA is also a really small school so everyone knows everyone, and it is easy to form very strong, long lasting relationships. There are a lot of positives about the school but there is one thing that could make the school even better. The school is by itself downtown, which gives us many fewer opportunities to interact with people from other schools. But overall, IWA is a great school.
Incarnate Word is a solid college preparatory school. The school offers a great leadership program in conjunction with the traditional college prep curriculum. They are committed to mind, body and spirit with several off site retreats. We have 2 girls attending and would definitely recommend.
I enjoy the sisterhood and the strong relationships I have with teachers. I feel they need to work on listening to the concerns of the student body and providing more resources to reduce the stress of students.
My experience at Incarnate Word Academy has been one that I would never ever forget. First walking in, I was scared and I didn’t know what to expect for my high school experience. Now, as a senior, I have learned how to be myself and how to use my skills from school in the real world like independence and confidence.
Incarnate Word Academy has a very connected and generally amiable student body. It also provides a great support system in the forms of the student and college councilors, both of whom have established high levels of trust amongst the student body. The classes provided are headed by wonderful teachers, such as the U.S. History classes and the computer classes, that consistently do their bests to help the students as far as the student will communicate their need for help. I will admit, the only downside is the lack of outdoors and the stringent regulations, of which many students tend to feel a tad stifled sometimes.
Dress code trumps everything here. Dean has walked in on multiple of my classes daily, which is distracting and unnecessary. Also, Administration and student communication is poor, if you reach out with an issue you will likely never get any help or even response. Head nun Beck fails to allow any sort of comfortable environment and often puts her strict dress code enforcement over anything, including academics. Also, on the subject of academics, some classes are simply not effective in teaching and do not adapt to different learning styles. However does prepare you for college and some classes are actually good.
I like the downtown aspect of IWA as it allows many opportunities to be able to explore and experience city life. IWA's sisterhood is also an aspect I've really enjoyed. You always know someone has your back. There are many events hosted for the entire school to bond or smaller events that allows grades to bond. One example is Foundation Day, where we celebrate the founding. It's only one day but it is such a great opportunity to just relax and have fun with friends. As for the faculty, I truly feel like the teachers care about you and want you to succeed. Being a smaller school provides the opportunity to connect not only with your peers but also with teachers on a deeper, more personal level.
I transferred to Incarnate Word Academy my Junior year in high school for a better education and to have more guidance for College. My college counselor really helped me prepare for college, my applications, and scholarships. The school, overall, gave many resources for students wanting to go into college. Junior year, our English teacher had use begin our college essay's and by Senior year our teacher would revise the essay and help us better it any small and big ways. The teachers were sure to create relationships with the students so students would feel more comfortable in the classroom and if they needed any outside of school help.
This school is an awesome place. The community is welcoming, i have made amazing friends, academics are top notch.