About Us

About IWHS

List of 3 items.

  • Our History

    Incarnate Word High School was founded by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in 1881. The school had its beginning as a co-ed grade school located at the corner of Crosby and Willow St.

    In 1900, the Sisters moved to their new Motherhouse on grounds which they had purchased from Col. Brackenridge. The grade school was housed there and eventually evolved into the high school for girls.
    As Enrollment grew, University of Incarnate Word, then called Incarnate Word College, was founded, with many students from the high school enrolling. The growth of the college was swift, and it was deemed necessary to provide separate facilities for both institutions. 

    On September 12, 1950 the doors of the current Incarnate Word High School were opened. The San Antonio papers called it “The million-dollar school with a million-dollar view”.  Today it is one of the few all-girls’ schools in San Antonio and proudly boasts of its success in preparing young girls for university and for life.
  • Our Mission

    Incarnate Word High School prepares confident young women dedicated to academic excellence, Christian service and social justice.
  • Our Vision

    Incarnate Word High School will be the high school of choice for young women in our local and global community who are seeking a challenging, Catholic learning experience that exceeds her potential.

Welcome Letter from Dr. Downey

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Incarnate Word High School, home of the Shamrocks! Established in 1881, by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, IWHS has served as a home of learning and spiritual growth for generations of young women from every walk of life.

We believe in a holistic process where students, parents, faculty, staff, sisters, alumni, and administration all work together to ensure academic success, a growth mindset and a belief in continual school improvement.

As a community, we know we need to prepare our young women for jobs that may not currently exist, using technology that is still being invented, to solve problems that have yet to be discovered. We can do this all by creating authentic, meaningful, and relevant learning experiences rooted in our Catholic upbringing.

At IWHS, it is our goal to create an atmosphere where knowledge is best experienced through self-discovery and self-directed learning. Our dedicated faculty are here to grow and learn with our students on their educational paths, developing the foundation for life-long learners. The college-based multi-modal scheduling used here allows learning to occur at a higher level with constant engagement and attention to individual learning styles. The faith-based education we provide at Incarnate Word High School is a unique vehicle that allows us to honor the needs of all learners at every grade level.

Incarnate Word High School is a place where tradition grounds us in the spirit of community and learning happens at the speed of light. Together, we are building a better future for our students, our community, and our world. Generations have called this home and we are glad you have as well.

Praised be the Incarnate Word!


Dr. Anna Downey
Principal & CEO