Incarnate Word Academy

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. The Academy equips our students with an excellent education, focused on our cornerstones of academics, values and spirituality.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked TX School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 354 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $14,150
  • Average class size: 17 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15

Top Rankings

Incarnate Word Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Texas for:

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School Overview

Student Body

Total Students
354 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 40%
Students by Grade
Incarnate Word Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
42 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
17 students
Number of AP Courses
13 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, French Language & Culture, Latin, Psychology, Spanish Language, U.S. Government & Politics, U.S. History
Average SAT score
Average ACT score
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
(Red sweater, plaid skirt)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 15
Yearly Tuition Cost
Admissions Director
Kate O'Brien



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
30 extracurriculars
National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Student Council, Teens 4 Unity Club, Yearbook

Club or Organization:
African American Culture Club, Asian Culture Club, Campus Ministry Team, Chess Club, Falcon Ambassadors, French Club, Girl Break Club, Japanese Club, Junior Statesmen of America, Latin Club, Made for Medicine Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Quiz Bowl Club, Science & Engineering Club, Speech and Debate, Student Ambassadors, Teens 4 Unity, Yoga & Meditation Club, Young Leaders Program

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Studio 609 Club, Choir, Hand Bell Choir, Photography Club, Theatre, Thespian Honor Society

School Notes

  • Incarnate Word Academy, a Catholic college-preparatory high school for young women, is uniquely situated in thriving and diverse downtown Houston surrounded by Minute Maid Park, Discovery Green, the George R. Brown Convention Center, and bustling centers of business and the arts. 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.
  • 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.

  • Incarnate Word Academy is also home to the Young Leaders Program, which empowers young women to lead and serve. 

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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked TX School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 354 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $14,150
  • Average class size: 17 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15

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The average private school tuition in Houston, TX is $13,039 for elementary schools and $15,969 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Houston, TX is 83% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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