History

Presentation of Mary Academy is a private co-educational Catholic school founded and owned by the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary. The Academy dates back to 1926 when a group of sisters left Canada to establish an all-girls elementary and boarding high school in Hudson, New Hampshire. They purchased the present 90 acres of land to build one of the most prestigious elementary and secondary schools in southern New Hampshire. After several years of growth, these pioneering educators expanded their mission and founded their first college, today known as the highly esteemed Rivier University. The University began at Presentation of Mary Academy, and after three years moved to their present Nashua campus location. In 1990, the high school closed to accommodate the spatial requirements of an expanding elementary school.

Today, Presentation of Mary Academy continues its tradition of growth and educational excellence. In 2009, Presentation of Mary expanded its educational system to include programs for three and four-year-old children. In 2011, with the rapid growth of the Junior High, the academy built a state-of-the-art 1.5 million dollar multi-functional athletic field.

Presentation of Mary is currently building a 36,000 square foot gymnasium and arts center on its campus named The Thompson Center for Athletics and Performing Arts. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2017. School enrollment presently stands at over 500 students, and continues to grow through the commitment of an outstanding faculty and staff, and a dedicated partnership with parents, alumni and benefactors.

Faculty and Administration

The Academy’s tone and mission is set by an award-winning leader recognized for “extraordinary excellence”* in education leadership, business, philanthropy, and community service.

  • Thirty-three full-time educators
  • Thirty part-time teachers and aides
  • Sixteen faculty members with higher level college degrees
  • Full-time school nurse on duty five days a week
  • Athletic Director

*The Telegraph’s “Greater Nashua’s 25 Extraordinary Women” Selection 

Enrollment

With over 500 students, Presentation of Mary Academy is the largest private Catholic school in the Diocese of New Hampshire.

  • 127 students in the Preschool Program—3 year-old, 4 year-old, and Kindergarten students
  • 246 students enrolled in Grades 1 through 5
  • 128 students enrolled in the Junior High (Grades 6–8)

Class Size: Elementary and Junior High

  • Maximum class size – 25 students
  • Average class size – 22 students
  • Two classes per grade (three classes for Kindergarten and Grade 5)

Preschool and Kindergarten

  • Full-day Preschool and Kindergarten programs
  • Teachers’ aides in all Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms

Security

  • The facility is equipped with a state-of-the-art security system. All entries into the building are locked and monitored on video surveillance. Each visitor is required to buzz in at the main entrance and speak to the front office before entering. While inside, all visitors must wear a badge identifying themselves. The students and staff regularly practice fire drills and lock down procedures in the event of an emergency.

Outdoor Campus and Facilities

  • The Academy is situated on 90 acres of private land with one mile of cross-country trails in its woodland areas.
  • A community fruit and vegetable garden created and maintained by PMA Girl Scout troops.
  • An in-ground outdoor swimming pool available to our summer camps
  • Marian Garden for peace, beauty and spiritual reflection
  • Nature Trails
  • Two Outdoor Basketball Courts
  • State-of-the-Art Artificial Turf Field
  • A multi-age playground on two acres of land

Indoor Campus and Facilities 

  • Art room, fully-equipped
  • Auditorium, mid-size
  • Cafeteria with healthy entrees, salads, milk and water
  • Gymnasium, mid-size: Soon to be the amazing Thompson Center for Athletics and Performing Arts
  • Library
  • Music and choir room
  • Science laboratory, fully equipped for biology, chemistry and physics
  • Study Hall classrooms (for after school programs)

Technology 

  • Two Desktop Computer Lab Rooms – 50 PC’s
  • Laptop Computers and iPads for all teaching staff
  • Wireless Internet Access throughout the building
  • Smartboards® in all Pre-K through Junior High Classrooms
  • Technology integrated across the curriculum
  • iPad station equipped with 30 iPads
  • Text Books available online

Supplemental Classes/Resources

  • Library contains more than 25,000 books labeled by reading level
  • Integrated Curriculum: Teachers work together to integrate subjects, relating themes and concepts over all grade levels
  • Special Classes: Art, Drama, Music, Technology, Library, Physical Education
  • Modern Language: Pre-K through 8th grade Spanish
  • Junior High Student Leadership Opportunities: Tour guides, Buddies, Yearbook, Service Volunteers, Team Sports, House Leaders and Captains
  • Two full-time resource teachers
  • One part-time Title One resource teacher for reading and math, Grades K-5

After School Sports Programs

Fall

Instructional Soccer – Co-ed, Grades Pre-K & Kindergarten
Hatchling Soccer – Co-ed, Grades 1 & 2
Flag Football – Co-ed, Grades 3 – 8
Jr. Griffin Girls Soccer – Grades 3 – 5
Jr. Griffin Boys Soccer – Grades 3 – 5
Sr. Griffin Girls Soccer Team – Grades 6 – 8; (5th graders by Try Out)
Sr. Griffin Boys Soccer Team – Grades 6 – 8; (5th graders by Try Out)
Cross Country – Co-ed, Grades 4 – 8

Winter

Instructional Basketball – Co-ed, Grades Pre-K – 2
Competition Cheerleading – Grades 6 – 8; (5th graders by Try Out)IMG_7902-2
Mites Cheerleading – Grades 3 – 5
Jr. Cheer Exhibition Squad – Grades 1 – 2
CYO Basketball for Boys & Girls – Grades 3 – 8; (2nd graders by Try Out)

Spring

Diamond Skills (baseball & softball) – Co-ed, Grades Pre-K – 2
Lacrosse Skills & Drills – Co-ed, Pre-K and K
Jr. Griffin Lacrosse – Boys, Grades 1 – 6
Jr. Griffin Softball – Girls, Grades 3 – 5
Sr. Griffin Softball Team – Girls, Grades 6 – 8; (5th graders by Try Out)
Golf Team – Co-ed, Grades 5 – 8

The Arts

  • Art Lessons
  • Junior and Senior Choir
  • Drama Club
  • Band Lessons for flute, trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, bells, drums, violin
  • Piano Lessons

Academics

  • Battle of the Books
  • Geography Bee
  • Private Tutoring After School
  • Spelling Bee
  • State and National Contests
  • Science Fairs for Junior High

Special Programs and Events

  • Art Fair
  • Book Fair
  • Community Outreach Programs
  • Educational Field Trips for All Classes
  • Monthly Mass where each class has an opportunity to host
  • Recycle Projects, Kindergarten
  • Animal Science Fair, Grade 1
  • Fairy Tale Day, Grade 2
  • Grandparents Breakfast
  • Junior High Dances
  • Nature’s Classroom for Students in Grade 5
  • Overnight Retreat for Grade 8
  • Patriotic and Prayer Assemblies
  • Washington DC trip for Students in Grade 8
  • Step-up days for all grades

School Hours

  • 7:35 am– 2:35 pm (staggered times)
  • Extended Day Care: 6:30am to 8:15am and 1:50pm to 6:00pm

Summer Camps 

  • There are four, one-week sessions from mid-June through July for ages three to fourteen.

Tuition Assistance

  • Tuition assistance is available. The Academy has a commitment to economic diversity—20% of students receive financial assistance.

Transportation

Bus transportation is available for students living in Hudson, New Hampshire. Please contact First Bus at (603) 883-0251 for information regarding schedule. Pre-Kindergarten students are not eligible for bus transportation.

Presentation of Mary Academy is located in Hudson, New Hampshire and draws students from thirty towns and cities. From PMA,
— the distance to Nashua, NH 2 miles
— the distance to Hollis, NH 8 miles
— the distance to Manchester, NH 20 miles
— the distance to Dracut MA 6 miles
— the distance to Lowell MA 8 miles
— the distance to Boston, MA 45 miles

PMA Graduates

By 8th grade, students have gained a strong sense of self. Searching for a high school serves as an opportunity to reflect on who they are and which schools best fit their strengths and interests. PMA graduates are spiritually, academically, socially, and emotionally prepared to begin the next chapter in their lives, and they continue their education in a diversity of excellent Catholic, private, independent, boarding, and public schools in the New England area. Several high schools visit the eight grade throughout the first half of the year.

Memberships

Presentation of Mary Academy is a member of

  • National Catholic Education Association (NCEA)
  • The National Association of Elementary School (NAES)