The School and Philosophy
PMA, founded in 1958 by the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, is a Catholic, co-ed, college preparatory high school for students grades 9-12.
We are located in historic Methuen, Massachusetts, just a short drive to the seacoasts of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the White Mountains and only 30 miles from Boston.
Situated on what was once the Edward Searles Estate, the wooded, picturesque campus is populated by an eclectic mix of learning facilities in an atmosphere of breathtaking natural and architectural beauty.
PMA’s student body represents 30 local communities throughout Massachusetts, Southern New Hampshire and Maine. Our international population represents 8 countries. PMA students represent a variety of ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds. Admission to the Academy is competitive.
Offering a student teacher ratio of 12:1 and a typical class size of 18 students, PMA allows a more personal level of faculty involvement than larger schools. Students receive more focused attention where they need it most.
PMA provides a quality education that seeks to integrate Catholic beliefs and values with academic excellence, empowering students to assume roles of leadership and service. Admission to PMA is competitive and is based on a student’s past academic record, performance on the High School Placement Exam, and teacher and administrator recommendations. PMA offers the unique opportunity of high quality academic programs, which cultivate the intellectual, emotional, creative, spiritual, physical, and aesthetic faculties of its students. Encouraging positive self-image, self-discipline, leadership, and academic excellence are worthy goals that lead to the service of God and the betterment of humankind.