Elementary Level - Montessori Academics
The IWA Elementary Level - Montessori program encourages a child's natural curiosity and instills a life-long love of learning. It provides an environment that teaches respect, compassion, and responsibility for each other and for the environment.
Continuing the Tradition
- Founded in 1871
- Under the direction of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament
- Age three to fifth grade
Reinforcing Religious Values
- Daily classroom prayer
- Weekly Mass
- Pray the Angelus and grace before meals daily
- Music Ministry
- Altar Servers
- Opportunities to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Advent and Lent
- Stations of the Cross during Lent
- Rosary prayed especially during October and May
- Advent wreath and prayer during Advent
- May Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary
- Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program
- Integrating Gospel values into the the curriculum
- Fifth grade level retreat
Excelling in Academics
- Enrichment instructors in the areas of music, Spanish, and technology
- Subject areas include: the arts, English, health, language arts, math, music, phonics, physical education, reading, religion, science, and social studies
- Accelerated Reading in grades 1-5
- An attractive, fully-equipped library media resource center with 31 computers, access to academic databases, online encyclopedias, and nearly 16,000 library books
- Use of SMART Boards, computers, and digital imaging cameras and microscopes campus-wide, integrating technology within the curriculum
- Participation in the Diocesan Science Fair, the Regional Spelling Bee, National Handwriting Contest, Private Schools Interscholastic Association Academic Competition, and other academic competitions
- An array of stimulating learning materials fostering creative thinking and progress
- Students in grades 1-5 will participate in STEAM classes. STEAM classes integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math through hands-on lessons designed to teach critical thinking and reasoning skills. These types of lessons enhance student collaboration, creativity, and communication skills while empowering our students for the future.
- Attractive, well-equipped and well-maintained playground
- Noted guest speaker presentations given throughout the year
- Extra-Curricular activities enhance the educational program
- Sports available: Baseball, Basketball, Running Club, Swimming, Track, Volleyball
Clubs and organizations: Chess Club, Marian Club, Science Discovery Club, Spanish Club, and Student Council, and Garden Club
Fostering Community Service
IWA teaches students generosity, tolerance, service to the community, and respect for all
- St. Jude Cancer Research Math-a-thon
- Gifts for needy families
- Thanksgiving food baskets for Catholic Charities
- Toys for students
As a leading college preparatory school in South Texas, IWA starts as elementary level in preparing for rigorous academic expectations.
- Accredited by TCCED (Texas Catholic Conference Education Department)
- Certified teachers
- Thirty-one percent of faculty hold a Master's Degree
- Top finalists in the National Veteran's Day Poster and Essay Contest
- Winners of Daughters of the American Revolution city-wide essay contest
- Grand National and State level winners in the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest
- Winners of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Essay Contest
Ages 3 - 5:
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Grades 1, 2, & 3:
8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Grades 4 & 5:
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
After School Program
The YMCA provides after school care for any student for a monthly fee. Parents may register their child in the YMCA After School Program during registration.
After school care is provided from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the IWA Alameda Complex, which is located at Alameda and Chamberlain.
After school care is provided by the YMCA. Spaces are limited and managed through that organization. For additional information regarding the after school care program, please contact Audrey Dumes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 361-882-1741.