Since its introduction to the campus in 1969, the Flexible Modular Schedule has become a way of life, a hallmark of Incarnate Word Academy. In the IWA modular schedule, students have “built-in” time to make decisions regarding their educational needs. Through the support and guidance of the faculty and administration, these decisions determine where students report during their independent instructional time (known as “open labs”). The flexible modular schedule creates an environment that facilitates good study habits and develops interpersonal skills in order to prepare the IWA student for successful post-secondary experiences.
Admission is based on the following factors; standardized test scores, academic performance, school attendance/tardies, student involvement in community service and extracurricular activities in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. Application is made through Catholic elementary schools or PSR programs. Students in public school or non-Catholic private schools may obtain an application by calling the school at 314-725-5850, extension 149.
At IWA, our commitment to spiritual development is evident in daily life. We challenge ourselves to raise the consciousness of our school community, to respect and celebrate cultural diversity, to work for peace and justice, and to respond to those in need. All students make a commitment to community service, and most exceed the requirement of 120 service hours. As part of our nine-day Junior Service program, juniors are matched to a volunteer site and model the Incarnate Word in a ‘real world’ setting.
Students and staff join the Campus Minister and Director of Mission Integration on a faith journey that includes: daily prayer (morning, beginning of every class period, lunch and before afternoon dismissal), class level retreats, Kairos retreats, mission trips, monthly all school liturgies, and weekly communion services. Reconciliation and Eucharistic Adoration are celebrated twice per semester.
IWA student athletes are challenged to reach their God-given potential throughout their athletic endeavors. We believe that interscholastic athletics are an integral aspect of the total school curriculum. IWA sports include: Cross Country, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Golf, Cheerleading, Dance Team, Basketball, Track & Field, Swimming/Diving and Soccer. A plethora of clubs and organizations are available including: Campus Ministry, Mission Committee, Student Council, Respect Life Club, Girls In Faith Together, National Honor Society, Thespians, French & Spanish Clubs, Yearbook, Photography, Nature Club, Leadership Advisory Council and Ultimate Frisbee.
The wide variety of offerings in our thriving Fine Arts Department allows students to find their voice and to reach their God-given potential. Our music program has three levels of vocal performance as well as an instrumental group known as the Chamber Ensemble. In addition, piano, guitar, and non-performance classes are offered. Dance classes are offered as a fine art or physical education elective. They include Tap, Broadway, Technique and Aerobics. The Drama Department delivers three productions each year, including a spring musical. Students may also showcase their talents “behind the scenes” in the areas of set design lighting, costumes, make-up and stage crew. Art classes provide yet another opportunity for students to express creativity in the areas of drawing, painting, ceramics, 3-dimensional art and other media.
Students who qualify may enroll in Honors courses. IWA offers 18 Advanced College Credit courses and 3 Advanced Placement courses. College Credit courses are offered through St. Louis University’s 1-8-1-8 Program and the University of Missouri-St. Louis, along with an Advanced Placement Program for college.
Theology – 4
Business Education – 1 ***
English – 4
Fine Arts – 2.5
Mathematics – 3 **
Physical Education - 2
Foreign Language – 2
Social Studies – 3
Counseling - .5
Science – 3 *
Speech Communication - .5 ****
Electives – 2
Personal Finance - .5
TOTAL – 28
* 2.0 credits of Lab Science are required.
** The University of Missouri system requires 4.0 credits of Mathematics for admission;
therefore, 4.0 credits of Mathematics is highly recommended.