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PK-8
Private
Hudson, NH
Students enrolled: 440
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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182 Lowell Rd
Hudson, NH 03051

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(603) 889-6054
(603) 595-9504
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Map of Presentation of Mary Academy address.

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September 24, 2014
The teachers at PMA are WONDERFUL -kind, dedicated and devoted to the kids. Academically, my child who graduated is currently in all honors and AP classes in high school and doing well so no real complaints. The math program could be better-the public middle school offers a program for advanced students that allows them to skip Algebra 1 and Geometry and go straight to Honors Algebra 2. Strong math students from PMA can only go into Honors Geometry. About the principal - As a business woman, she is fantastic. As a spiritual leader and role model - not so much.She plays favorites among the parents (esp. the ones with money) but seems to treat the kids fairly. There is bullying at this school just like at any other. If the teachers are aware they do try their best to intervene. But bullies are usually sneaky so it can still be a problem. The school is small so if your child ends up in a grade that includes not so nice kids or kids he/she doesn't click with, they are kind of stuck. My oldest is happier at the public high school with more kids to choose from but my younger one seems to thrive in the smaller school. Overall a good school but not the utopia some reviews are describing.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2014
My child came home to me one day and told me how Sr. Maria is making him do chores. He said sometimes she even takes me out of class. I sent my child there for Religion thatd the only reason why he was there. I even think that my child is better in the town school then he was in PMA. Good Job Sr.Maria

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2014
Wow, PMA and Sister Maria has outdone themselves. There was an average of about 1 review a year till Feb 2013 and then after 1 negative review Sister Maria got her minions to fill it up with nothing but positive reviews. I concur with the parent of the negative review. This just proves the point for me how the school is run. Enough said.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2014
I can easily say that the leadership qualities of the school's head, Sr. Maria Rosa, are extremely poor. Unfortunately, Sr. Maria is very two-faced. It is typical of her to act in such a way around parents of the school, and further on act in a completely different manner around the students(Rude, degrading, etc.). Although I am a firm believer in structure there is no need for her shallow treatment of even the oldest students at PMA. She has parents of the school fully convinced that students are in an enabling and nurturing environment which is very untrue. Sr Maria has two primary focuses- Fundraising and decorating the interior of the school. She takes little to no interest in the school's academic program whatsoever. Unfortunately, the school, under the power of Sr. Maria, is ran like a business with a main focus on money. If you're looking to keep your child/children at PMA until eighth grade, I would advise you not to. Overall the academic program is solid but standard; PMA is absolutely nothing special.

- submitted by a community member
June 06, 2014
I took my daughter out of hudson public school (5th grade) in October of this year and sent her to PMA. The public school is full of bully kids and drama. She LOVES PMA. The other kids, teachers,and principal were the best helping my daughter through the transition of a new school. My daughter has learned so much this year we can't wait until next year!

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2014
Please read all the comments.... Funny??? Sister Maria's name is mentioned to be so wonderful over and over.... what's the chance of that. Sad to see she writes her own reviews to hide her nonsense, and all on the same date too, not very bright either...Hello parents... Don't waist your time... go elsewhere...your children will not be happy around her....loved school until she came to town:(

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2013
My daughters have been attending school there since pre-kindergarten and are now in third and fourth grade. I am always excited to have my children share their day and learning experiences. This is truly an educational community in the fact that my daughters' pre-K teacher follows up on their learning, grades, and if they have adjusted bad habits, like talking during class. The teachers and administrative staff are continually looking to improve the school academically and through extracurricular activities. I have always been impressed with their handling of situations and their communication with parents is top notch. My family is part of the PMA learning community and I value that each day. Parents are encouraged to get involved appropriately and have never felt that my concerns were unheard or not dealt with properly. I have the utmost respect for the teachers, paraprofessionals, and everyone else who works in the school. Thank you!

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2013
I am quite shocked to see negative comments regarding PMA. My daughter has been going since second grade (we transferred her from public school), she is currently in the fourth grade and is truly prospering from the wonderful education. Although demanding, it is fair and the kids excel based on this . If you are looking for a school with an excellent academic program as well as a sense of family and community, you can not go wrong here. We love PMA and my son will be joining the PMA family next year in kindergarten.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2013
I myself graduated from Presentation of Mary and feel very blessed to be able to send my two children to PMA. I have two daughters who have been at PMA since they started Kindergarten..now one is in 5th grade and one in 3rd. I believe the academic program is challenging while at the same time my children are learning values that with the proper education will promote them to be strong women. My youngest daughter has had some issues with 3rd grade math and I must say her teacher was AMAZING at communicating with me and helping my daughter learn in the various ways she needed to excel. Sometimes you don't realize a great school or a great teacher until something goes wrong. My daughters will graduate from PMA and I am proud to say I did too!

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2013
PMA is a great school with a strong focus on academics. Their demonstrated commitment to academics is why we send both of our children there. Most other schools just talk about it. PMA teachers are top notch and really foster strong parental involvement in all aspects of the school activities. We love that our kids have homework and actually bring their books home to study. Discipline is a core theme interwoven into all aspects of education for each student. Self-discipline, accountability, and focus are just some of the traits PMA teaches and nurtures. The school administration is top notch. Sister Maria is tireless in her dedication to PMA. The campus is beautiful with easy access to Rt 3. The new field and planned new gym are nice additions but the core focus is still on academics. Tuition for two children is a challenge but we consider it the best money spent as we are investing in our children s future. Fundraising is near constant and parking is a bit rough but these are trivialities when evaluating what is important. We feel confident we are preparing our children to excel in high school, college, and in a globally competitive world.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2013
My kids transferred to PMA in the middle of the school year from another local catholic school a few years ago... Our family was IMMEDIATELY welcomed with open arms....the academics at PMA are VERY rigorous and the teachers are always revising their curriculum to reflect new information, teaching methods, and technology. Administration from local Catholic High Schools has told me that children from PMA are VERY well prepared for High School and have the study skills and organizational skills to help ease their transition to High School..... PMA promotes activities that teach students to take personal responsibility and to give back to those in need. PMA expectations are high because they strive for excellent character and academic development of all their students. The faint of heart need not apply! And I mean that as a compliment !!

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2013
My daughter is a kindergarten student at PMA. I had researched many private schools in the area and during that time I read some of the negative posts. I was skeptical at first, so I began questioning mothers in the grocery store that had children with the school uniform on. I NEVER heard a bad comment. My husband and I made a appointment to tour the school and were very impressed with the condition/cleanliness of the school. My daughter had a very hard time for the first few months (separation anxiety) and the school (especially her teacher) could not of been more positive and kind. Even through her anxiety my daughter has amazed me by how far she has come academically. I volunteer often and have gotten to know Sr. Maria and I can say that from everything I see, the bad reviews are completely wrong. She expects respectful and responsible students but does so with love and even a bit of humor. Other than a great education ( both academically and in religion) isn't this why we enroll our children into private school? My husband and I are extremely pleased with PMA and are proud to tell people we are part of this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2013
I have found nothing but excellent education and love at PMA. My daughter has been there from kinder all the way through middle school, and I now have another child starting her education there as well. My children has received the utmost excellent education from experienced teachers and I would not have it any other way for my children. Sister Maria is kind and does get things done, but like I read before, I doubt as well, that there would not be an athletic field and beautiful playground if it wasn't for Sister Maria. She has helped our family in many ways, and we will continue to recommend PMA to other families.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2013
We love PMA! Originally we were just going to use the school for full day kindergarten for our oldest but once we were members of the PMA family we couldn't imagine any of our 3 children going anywhere else. It is such a loving and nurturing environment yet the children are held accountable for their actions and taught to be caring, responsible, socially conscience members of society. PMA has very high academic standards but the wonderful teachers are there every step of the way to help and encourage the children to reach higher and achieve more. And I cannot say enough wonderful things about the principal, Sister Maria. My children just adore her, as do I. She is so involved in every aspect of the school....she's there to greet the kids in carline, to pick up the mess with the kids after lunch, to set up tirelessly for every school event, dance, fundraiser, etc., or just to give a child a hug in the hallway as they run up to fling their little bodies at her legs! PMA just wouldn't be the same without her! I can say with unwavering confidence that my 3 children are getting the best education, both academically and spiritually, in Southern NH. Thank you PMA!

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2013
I switched my child from a public school to PMA last year and have not looked back. My child was welcomed with open arms and we feel that PMA has a rigorous academic environment that is very broad-based. My daughter brings home her textbooks to study and we can actually see what she is learning. She loves her teacher and although my child is shy, she is starting to make many friends and loves learning Spanish. We have found the administration and prinicipal, Sr. Maria Rosa, to be wonderful, caring and very involved positively with the school. She has been nothing but kind and loving to my child and we love that she is learning about all subjects, including religion. I believe that you have to find the right fit for your child and sometimes that means you have to look to a private school, as we did, and we do not regret our decision. We love PMA!

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2013
We LOVE PMA and highly recommend this school for its high standards in academic excellence and for its wonderful sense of community among the children, teachers, parents and staff. Our children have attended PMA for almost 4 years and we know its the best decision we have made for both of them. The teachers all genuinely care for each student and raise them to high standards not only academically but also socially and morally. Sr Maria Rosa is our wonderful principal who has done so much for our students. Her main priority is for the well being of each student. She strives to make sure the school is always progressing forward in all aspects and has raised funds to install Smartboards in each classroom, build a new playground and added a top notch athletic field to help grow our athletic program. Above all we LOVE the community at PMA. Parent involvement is often encouraged and we've gotten to know many wonderful families whom we know call friends through volunteering and participating in the many school events. If you want a school that expects the best from your child but also offers the best then PMA is for you!

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2013
Our family chose PMA as our school nearly 10 years ago and we are still going strong there with 3 children. It's not financially easy for us to have 3 tuitions to budget for, but I know without a doubt that we have made the right decision to give our children the gift of education at PMA. They are excited to tell me about their days when I pick them up from school. They are earning excellent grades and are eager to learn thanks to the wonderful and well-qualified teachers. They are happy, safe and well-cared for during their school day. Most importantly, the focus on faith as the center and purpose of everything they do has helped nurture my kids into spiritually and socially responsible individuals. Sr Maria has boundless energy -she does indeed care about the students. She has sat down with each one of my children at report card time to review their grades and to give them feedback and encouragement. As our oldest prepares for graduation this year, we look back on the years and ask ourselves, "was it worth it?" And our answer is always, "yes, definitely!" I could say much more, but in short, PMA is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2013
I just read the negative reviews on PMA on this website and I feel like they are talking about a different school. I currently have two children at PMA and one that graduated last year. My oldest son is thriving in a very competitive high school and carrying honors level classes. He was very well prepared. I feel that the academic rigors and strong Christian based education have made him the well rounded person he is today. He readily admits that the background he received at PMA made the transition to high school easy. When people ask me about PMA I always say that it has worked for each of my children in different ways. Sister Maria has always been there for us with sound advice, forward thinking direction and much needed hugs. No school is perfect, however, there are so many positives at PMA they completely outweigh the negatives. If you are considering a private school I recommend you visit the school and feel the excitement and joy that I feel every time I walk through the halls.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2013
We LOVE PMA. We transferred to PMA from another Catholic School after a very bad experience. My children were welcomed with open arms, and both have blossomed at the school. Sister Maria is a wonderful principal who cares about each student. I find the teachers to be involved, engaged and keep us well-informed. I don't regret for a second our decision to move my children to this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2013
We love PMA! It was an easy decision to send our children there after touring the school and meeting Sr. Maria and the staff. The quality of the education and the passion of the faculty and sister Maria to nurture and develop the students is amazing and inspiring. We look forward to many years of being part of the PMA family/community!

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2013
I have had 3 children attend PMA over the last few years and it was the best decision I could have made. The education that my children have received has been top notch. The language and specialist classes offered by the school included in the tuition has been beneficial to all 3 children. My 4 year old is coming home each week and teaching us all her new spanish words and songs that she has learned in Pre K. It is amazing how the staff and other PMA families have treated us. It is wonderful to see how these kids all get along so well in and out of class. I would recommend PMA to anyone who is looking for a great school that strives to provide educational excellence!

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2013
My son transferred to PMA a couple of years ago and it has been great. Yes it is expensive but you know you are getting a great school. My son had problems in the public schools and because the school denied the problems he ended up missing 40 days of school in one year. Since he has been in PMA he has only missed school when he has been extremely sick, which is under 10 days. He gets up and wants to go to school be he loves the school. I have the best mornings now because I know that he is in a great school and with great people. We both have felt welcomed by eveyone. It is a catholic school so yes there is a religion class and they do go to church but there is a big focus on the rest of the academics as well. They focus on everything so the children have a well rounded education. My son loves learning spanish too. Sr. Maria is involved with the children, she is at most events and she knows what is going on at all times. Sr. Maria and the rest of the staff are all wonderfull and they make you feel very welcomed. It was the first school I looked at and the only school I looked at for my son because I had know kids that had gone there when I was younger. I also am a proud parent!

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2013
My three boys have attended PMA. My eldest son is now attending Bishop Guertin, doing wonderfully because of the academic preparation he received at PMA. We send our children to school to learn and have the knowledge they need to go out in the world and succeed. My healthy, eleven year old son unexpectedly passed away in his sleep less than three years ago. One of the few things I recall from that morning is Sister Maria being at my door. She knows each child by name. Sister offered my eldest son a place to sit and cry when he was having hard days missing his brother. Sister Maria made certain that every staff member was AED/CPR certified when we found out my youngest son, had the same unknown genetic condition that my middle child passed from, She did that to protect my child. When we send our children to school for the day or anywhere for that matter, we want to know they are safe and protected. My son told my husband and I that school is his safe" place. Education is important but don t we want our children to not only learn math and english but also compassion, kindness, and gratitude? In addition to the academics, our children learn values that help shape their character.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2013
My three kids started at PMA 4 1/2 years ago. Not once have we worried what teacher our kids would get because we have been happy with each and every one of them. The teachers and administrators are invested in each and every child there whether they are in their class or not. Yes the academics are rigorous and the kids are very well prepared, but I feel it is the tight knit family and supportive atmosphere that makes PMA the best.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2013
LOVE PMA!!! My daughter has been at the school since Pre-K and is now in 2nd grade and my son is in K. The teachers are wonderful!! My daughter is a bright girl and she is constantly challenged at school. I hear what my friend's children are learning in public school and she is learning a lot more. Sister Maria is so wonderful!!! She has the students best interest at all times. Ii also love the diversity of the school. I think my kids experience way more cultures at this school than they would at public school. Can't say enough positive things about PMA.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2013
We pulled our three children out of the public school system, and placed them in PMA. We could not be happier with the principle or teachers. Our children are thriving! The school is spotless. The education is excellent. Go see for your selves, do not go by what you read on the internet, it doesn't do the school any justice. The harsh reviews don't make any sense, they actually sound ridiculous. My children ADORE Sister Maria, the nurse, and all the teachers. It's like one big family. This school is a hidden gem!

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2013
I absolutely love PMA. My daughter is in the Pre-K class and I couldn't be any happier with how much she has excelled going to this school. Her teacher is wonderful and always in contact should she have a question or just wants to let me know about something that had happened during the day. I wanted to have my daughter try this out before we decided to send her to Kindergarten at PMA so we have and our only choice is going to PMA for Kindergarten. She is so excited and she loves her teacher, friends and this school. It really is amazing how much she has learned and how much more she knows than some 6 year olds and she is only 4! Amazing, amazing, amazing is all I can say. If you are looking for a great school and education for your child I would recommend PMA over and over again.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2013
I have been involved at PMA for 10 years now and LOVE everything about the school. My daughter attended from Kindergarten and graduated last year and went on to Bishop Guertin High School where she is and honor student and feels PMA has prepared her well for BG. My son has attended PMA since he was 4 and is currently in the 4th grade and all his teachers have been caring and nurturing to him and have helped him in so many wonderful ways! I as a parent have been very involved with PMA for many years and will continue to be. I was here when Sr. Maria came to PMA and to me she has been a wonderful principal and has done so much for the school and for the students. I'm very satisfied and so glad my children have and do attend PMA I feel they have received and excellent education and have become well rounded individuals. People are always telling me what polite caring children I have and some comes from home but I do believe a lot comes from PMA and the wonderful teachers and staff. Thank you PMA I am a proud parent!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2013
This is our 4th year at PMA. This is a wonderful school. Our children have received an exceptional education. The teachers are all educated and caring, and Sister Maria, the principal, is wonderful. I have never seen a school where children "want" to see the principal. My children give her hugs every time they see her. PMA instills values and manners that children need (and do not always get these days). The school itself is beautiful, and also has a new playground and turf athletic field. We could not have picked a better school for our children.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2013
This is the worst school for academic learning. My child learned more after switching to the town school than he did at PMA. If you want you kid to focus and excel more on the Catholic education then this might be the best school for you. The School focus is more on Catholic education than Math/Science/Reading. They would skip teaching you other subjects on any given day but would never skip the Religion class. Unproven and inexperienced Teachers are given a classroom who are learning as they go. The school is very filthy and kids are sick most of the time. Principal Maria is the most egoistic and rude person I have met. She treats the children as her own personal cleaners.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2012
BEST Thing we have done for our KIDS! LOVE the School and Have had ONLY GREAT Experiences with Sr. Maria the Principal. Teachers are caring and AWESOME!!!! This is our 5th year and we are so HAPPY to have made PMA our School!

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2010
This school has the best teachers and the best learning in the state of New Hampshire! Also their princepal: Sister Maria Rosa is the best ever! She never yells at you!

- submitted by a student
January 09, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2009
My son has been at PMA for the past 4 years and will never send him back there again after this year. The principal doesn't see a need for a guidance counselor, doesn't have a full-time nurse (the one who was there left because of the new administration) and the classes are overcrowded. The principal is not very hands on and doesn't appear to take much stock in the opinions of the parents and children. If you are in the Nashua area and you are looking for a private school you are better off with Infant Jesus. I'm disappointed that I even have to give the school a negative rating, but I think people have the right to know. I can't endorse a school that fires a guidance counselor and hires a fundraiser.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2009
A great environment for a child! Love it ! The faculty and the principal are very helpful and caring ! Keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2008
The school is wonderful and the teachers are great. Years ago, I would have highly recomend it to anyone. But not now. The administration has lost it's focus on education. It is not a nurturing environment.

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August 25, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2008
I'm a graduate of Presentation of Mary Academy and can say without a doubt that the education I learned opened so many wonderful doors in my life. Anyone who asks me where would I send my child, I tell them Presentation of Mary Academy.

- submitted by a community member
October 10, 2007
This is a great school with a very caring and attentive faculty that really go above and beyond the call of duty in many ways. The Sisters really add a friendly and distinguished atmosphere to the beautiful campus. I have 2 children in 2nd and 3rd grade and they look forward to going to school everyday. The academics and curriculum are challenging, the after school care and activities are great. Library, gym, music, art during school. The school is culturally diverse which is important in fostering tolerance and understanding of different cultures. Be aware you will need to spend time everyday to help your young child manage their education, this is the best part overall as far as I am concerned. Be involved and keep them positive about their work!

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2005
My daughter attended PMA for Kindergarten and is now in the 1st Grade. We are very happy with the quality of the academics. My daughter seems to be learning things that are taught in the 2nd grade in the public school. The teachers seem to really care about getting to know the kids as individuals and we feel like our daughter is in a very safe, nurturing environment.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2005
My children came from public ed. What my 1st grader is learning is what my duaghter learned in nashua school system in the first part of 2nd grade. The education is top notch, the teachers, and faculty are very warm caring and nurturing. All students k-8 can participate in school wide activities. Very innovated, up beat, ahead of its time.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
For 75 years Presentation of Mary has been educating children. The students are challenged and nurtured while building lifelong friendship during their nine years at PMA. My children are blessed to have attended.

- submitted by a parent
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Presentation of Mary Academy has been a pillar of Academic Excellence in the greater Nashua area for almost 100 years. It is presently the largest private Catholic elementary school in the Diocese of Manchester, NH. The commitment to Academic Excellence and the Spirtual development of each child remain its strongest characteristics. The school continues to improve its technology programs each year, as well as its sports programs with the addition of an artificial surf field on its 75 acres.

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Presentation of Mary Academy
182 Lowell Rd, Hudson, NH  03051
(603) 889-6054
Last modified Presentation of Mary Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Presentation of Mary Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top