Fostering Spiritual Growth in the Catholic Tradition

ChristmasConcert1Presentation of Mary Academy fosters an understanding of Catholic truths and values which enable the child to live a meaningful life, consistent with the Gospel values of peace, justice, love, and freedom. In a Christian atmosphere, children at Presentation of Mary Academy participate in the observance of religious holidays and attend regularly scheduled liturgies and prayer services consistent with our Catholic beliefs and values. The Academy encourages faith in God and belief in a Judeo-Christian system of values, including respect for God, for others, for other faith traditions, and for the self; the importance of showing compassion and caring for others; a commitment towards community; and a responsibility to develop and share those gifts that make each person unique. These teachings are interwoven throughout the curriculum and the daily life of the school, and more generally articulated in the Academy’s core values

  • Compassion and service
  • Concern for human dignity
  • Global awareness and responsibility
  • Personal and educational excellence
  • Spiritual growth and development.

Presentation of Mary Academy works to nurture each child’s sense of self and to promote a love of learning, so that its graduates can enrich their communities and the world. A small private Catholic co-educational elementary school, PMA is a place where childhood and children come first. Recognizing that children learn and grow best in a supportive and engaging school environment, we strive to maintain just such an atmosphere as a caring and mutually supportive school community. We believe that the education of children is a partnership between a school and its families, and that both children and adults deserve to be in a safe and comfortable setting — one in which they are known and appreciated as individuals.

Embracing Diversity

Presentation of Mary Academy embraces all individuals in a manner consistent with our core values, and admits students of any race, color, creed, and national or ethnic origin. We believe that diverse perspectives enrich both the educational experience and the school community. Because we are all children of God, we strive to honor and love one another, to respect and celebrate those qualities that define us as humans and distinguish us as individuals. As a community, we foster an enriching and diverse educational environment in all dimensions of the school experience so that we may explore, understand, and value our differences. As life-long learners, we strive to continue to deepen our appreciation of our pluralistic world.

Promoting Self-Esteem

As an elementary school, the process of learning receives as much attention as the content. We understand that children learn in different ways and at different speeds, and we work to address the differences in how children learn. To the extent possible, we strive to tailor pedagogical approaches to the needs of students. PMA fosters the capacity for learning and growth and focuses on the development of each student’s sense of self-esteem and confidence as an essential outcome of this approach. We believe that enthusiastic and caring teachers are essential to both curricular and non-curricular lessons; thus we seek to maintain an environment where our educators are content, engaged, and continuously learning. PMA promotes education as a way of life for all of its community members and strives to create learning opportunities for all constituencies.

Educating the Whole Child

Presentation of Mary Academy affirms a traditional emphasis on middle and secondary school preparation and on the development of personal and intellectual disciplines. We are committed to remaining a fresh, relevant, and dynamic institution that also honors and remains true to its Catholic heritage and traditions. Our educational program is a balanced one that focuses on establishing competencies in the core areas of reading, writing, and mathematics, while recognizing the importance of providing a rich array of different educational experiences that enables students to pursue their own individual interests, to understand various perspectives, to engage their own creative voices, and to tap their individual aptitudes and talents. Accordingly, the program at PMA places a strong emphasis on music and art and is further strengthened through offerings in religion, social studies, foreign language, science, technology, library science and physical education. We also believe that learning does not stop at the classroom door and so provide many after school enrichment and interscholastic athletic opportunities to complete our program. We seek to ensure that we offer a well-rounded and rich experience, one that lays a sound spiritual, intellectual, personal, physical, and emotional foundation on which children can build.