Presentation High School stands out from its competitors by combining four important characteristics:
We are a school for girls.
High school is a sensitive time for adolescents, but the single-sex environment instills in young women courage, confidence and a sense of empowerment. Just think: The best calculus student at Presentation is a young woman. The top debater and fastest runner are young women. The robotics team, the film and media club, the Math and Science Academy – all are driven by talented young women who see no limits when it comes to education and personal accomplishment.
Research verifies – and our experience affirms – that when compared with their
co-ed counterparts, girls who attend schools like Presentation:
- show higher academic achievement and achieve better test scores
- become more involved in school activities
- develop measurably higher levels of self-esteem
- earn more advanced degrees in college
- assume more leadership positions and are more politically active throughout their lifetime
We are committed to academic excellence.
Presentation High School offers coursework that is second-to-none in getting our students into college and preparing them to be successful when they get there. Our course offerings include upper and lower divisions of required disciplines like English, math, science, foreign language and the arts. But we don’t just stick to the basics – classes like Women and Money, Bioethics and Death in Literature are incredibly popular with our students.
Presentation uses a block schedule, which allows for more productivity in the classroom. Classes are 85 minutes long and include lectures, activities for large and small groups, technology, board work and visual aids.
Our students consistently score well above the national average in math and verbal scores on the SAT, and we are proud that 99.5 percent of our graduates go on to college. Presentation alumnae frequently report that they felt very prepared for rigorous college work, especially in the areas of writing and study skills.
We are the right size.
Like larger high schools, Presentation offers a wide variety of classes, clubs and organizations, a competitive athletic program, and a beautiful campus with state-of-the-art facilities.
And yet Presentation has retained a small-school feel. Teachers, counselors and administrators know students by name – nobody gets lost in the crowd. Also, our gym can hold our entire student body, which fosters a sense of community and school pride at assemblies and liturgies.
We are a Catholic high school.
Presentation welcomes students of all faiths, but the Catholic tradition permeates all we do. We firmly believe that faith and spiritual development is crucial to nurturing the whole person. Every student attends liturgical celebrations, and prayer is a part of our daily life. Presentation is a faith community in which we experience God’s love through others. Our school motto, “Not words, but deeds,” helps us put our faith into action, tackling social justice and human rights issues with service to our school, community and the world.