Award Year: 2013

Incarnate Word Academy

6620 Pearl Road
Parma Heights, OH, 44130-3808

(440) 842-6818

Janette Cicerchi, Principal at time of Nomination

Diocese of Cleveland

School Website


A community of learners filled with the Spirit of the Word-Made-Flesh, Incarnate Word Academy is committed to living the gospel values and inspiring academic excellence.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 81%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 3%
  • Asian: 11%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Incarnate Word Academy (IWA) was founded in 1935 by the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament. It is at IWA that children grow to learn, love and serve.

IWA’s community of learners is 74 percent Catholic, from a range of ethnic and faith traditions, creating a learning environment of cultural diversity. The tradition of academic excellence is the primary reason parents choose IWA. In fact, IWA is recognized as a STEM school of excellence.

IWA students understand that they must do their very best. The curriculum supports college and career readiness through integration of 21st century learning skills. IWA encourages students to take responsibility for their learning, and to explore avenues not typically found in most elementary schools. Blended learning combines instruction with iPads and laptop computers. Students explore the inner-workings of a computer and use innovative programs such as; AR, Dreambox Learning, Math XL and Lego Wedo kits. The Learning Garden provides an environment to expand discovery in science, art, religion, and writing.

Commitment to living Gospel values is of equal importance for IWA students. They are determined to serve, following the example of Jesus, and they understand that they are charged with making a positive impact on the lives of others. Students worship together and the teachers use the many sacred spaces on the campus to the students’ benefit, with prayer experiences in the Incarnate Word Chapel, Queen of the Holy Rosary Shrine, Labyrinth Path of Blessings, and the Outdoor Stations of the Cross.

IWA is an environment which challenges, motivates and drives students to achieve, because developing one’s potential is the appropriate response to God’s sacred gift of life.