Incarnate Word High School

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Incarnate Word High School
727 East Hildebrand Avenue
San Antonio, Texas, (Bexar County) 78212
United States
Coordinates 29°27′59″N 98°28′33″W / 29.46639°N 98.47583°W / 29.46639; -98.47583Coordinates: 29°27′59″N 98°28′33″W / 29.46639°N 98.47583°W / 29.46639; -98.47583
Type Private, All-Girls
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic, Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word
Established 1881
Principal Jennifer Salazar
Grades 912
Gender Female
Student to teacher ratio 12:1
Color(s) Green and White         
Athletics conference TAPPS 6A
Mascot Shamrock
Nickname IWHS
Team name Shamrocks
Rival Antonian, Providence High School
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Newspaper The Star
Enrollment Director Annette Zahirniak
Athletic Director April Fricke

Incarnate Word High School, established in 1881, is a private, Roman Catholic, all-girls high school in Midtown San Antonio, Texas, USA. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio. It is a division of the University of the Incarnate Word.[2]


The school was originally chartered by the State of Texas as Incarnate Word Academy in 1881. In 1897, it purchased 283 acres (1.15 km2) from George Washington Brackenridge. It awarded diplomas to its first two high school graduates in 1903. In 1922, it opened the first five-story school building for students, first grade through college. In 1970, it evolved to incorporate modular scheduling and erect its science facility. It became part of the "Brainpower Connection" with Incarnate Word College (now the University of the Incarnate Word) in 1989.

Modular Schedule[edit]

Classes run on a modular schedule. Each day is broken down into 17 time-periods called "mods." Mods are 20 minutes long, except the lunch mods, which are 26 minutes. The schedule is on a two-week cycle. There are no bells between mods, and students are responsible for arriving to classes on time. Students and faculty also have mods without classes, called open labs, which are to be used as "study" periods. This schedule encourages personal responsibility and aids in preparation for a college schedule.[3]

Brainpower Connection[edit]

The schools in the Brainpower Connection are University of the Incarnate Word; St. Anthony Catholic High School; Incarnate Word High School, for young women; St. Anthony Elementary School, and its developmental pre-school, the Katherine Ryan Program; and St. Peter Prince of Apostles Elementary School. The two high schools of the Brainpower Connection are under the management of University of the Incarnate Word.[4]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ SACS-CASI. "SACS-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  2. ^ IWHS. "School History". Retrieved 2007-05-11. 
  3. ^ IWHS. "Features of the Modular Schedule" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-06-19. 
  4. ^ IWHS. "Admissions". Retrieved 2007-06-19. 

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