Academics

Academics Overview

Our Curriculum

A Shamrock’s journey begins with our strong foundation, faith-based curriculum and mission to cultivate strong, intelligent, independent, informed and devout women.

As a college preparatory school, we focus on academic excellence and rigorous, competitive curriculum, including on-level, Pre-Advanced Placement and Advancement Placement courses.

Students Will Master:

List of 4 items.

  • Advance Placement Courses

    Designed to challenge college-bound students, the Incarnate Word High School curriculum offers on-level, and/or 12 Pre – Advanced Placement, and 12 Advanced Placement courses.

    AP Biology
    AP Calculus AB
    AP Calculus BC
    AP Chemistry
    AP English Language and Composition
    AP English Literature and Composition
    AP Latin: Vergil
    AP Spanish Language
    AP U.S. Government
    AP Comparative Government
    AP Macroeconomics
    AP United States History
  • Modular System

    Withstanding the test of time, the unique modular master schedule at Incarnate Word High School continues to facilitate the delivery of a strong, college preparatory instructional program and allows for innovative teaching and student-directed learning.  Recent graduates and alumnae, who now send their daughters to Incarnate Word, extoll the merits of this unique system.  Alumnae voice a debt of gratitude for learning the life values of self-discipline, short and long-term goal setting, self-reliance, and the sense of independence and control over their learning that the schedule fosters.  These very precise attributes are those specifically required for success in a university setting and life beyond.

    The modular schedule is composed of seventeen twenty-minute modules per day. It is designed to allow students to experience a quasi-college-style schedule and permits students to schedule their personal “open lab” time for library research, visitation with faculty, testing, and laboratory activities between scheduled classes. Students quickly adapt to the schedule and appreciate the opportunity for interaction with faculty, as well as time for research and class work during the regular school day.

    Sample Modular Schedule
    Modular Schedule Explained
  • UIW College Connection

    All IWHS courses are considered college-preparatory and are designed to challenge all students. Some courses are designated Pre-AP and AP to meet the needs of those students demonstrating advanced ability. 

    College Connection
    In addition to on-campus college-level courses, IWHS also partners with the University of the Incarnate Word for the Senior Connection Program. This program enables driven IWHS students the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school by attending classes at the university. These credits apply toward high school graduation requirements and towards a degree at the University of the Incarnate Word or may transfer to another accredited college or university.

    Benefits Include:
    • Selected juniors and seniors may earn 3-9 hours of college credit per semester
    • 50% discount off dual credit courses PLUS reduced high school tuition
    • College-level courses challenge the student intellectually and allow experiences relevant to the student’s future.
    • Register for courses with dual credit such as pre-calculus, calculus, government, economics, psychology, sociology, and fine arts - just to name a few.
    • Students receive priority registration and reduced fees.
    • Senior Connection courses are taught by the University of the Incarnate Word faculty with the same syllabus, textbook, and rigor as any other section taught at UIW.
    • As with all Dual Credit courses, grades are weighted an additional 10 points per semester for GPA calculation.
  • Northeast Lakeview College Dual Credit Partnership

    Our students enroll in a college course at IWHS and receives simultaneous academic credit for the course from both the college and high school (Texas Administrative Code [TAC], Title 19,
    Part I, Chapter 4, Subchapter D, Rule 4.83).