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. Blessed Anne Marie Rivier founded the Religious Congregation in France in 1796 during the French Revolution. The apostolic thrust is “To spread the fire of God’s love and the knowledge of Jesus Christ everywhere.” (Anne Marie Rivier). 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. The Thompson Center for Athletics and Performing Arts which is a 36,000 square foot gymnasium and arts center was completed in 2018. 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.