Bishop McNamara High School

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Bishop McNamara High School, a college preparatory school in the Holy Cross tradition, exists to educate and to form young men and women in the Catholic faith.
The school challenges its students to think with Christ: a thought animated by the gospel, manifested in service, and informed by academic excellence.
Excellent academics, extensive fine arts curriculum, competitive athletic program, spiritual formation and community service are grounded in the belief that "Education is the art of bringing young people to completeness." .

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded 1964

Student Body

Total Students 891 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
65%
State avg.: 34%
Students by Grade Bishop McNamara High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 90 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
60%
Average Class Size 21 students
Number of AP Courses 17 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Programming, AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP European History, AP French Language, AP Music Theory, AP Physics, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language, AP Statistics, AP US History
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(khaki pants, blazers, khaki skirts)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Dec. 15 / Mar. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $13,780
Tuition Notes Tuition 10-month plan offered. Book rental fee $350.
Acceptance Rate
40%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Patricia Garber
Admissions Associate Jeffrey Southworth

Sports

Total Sports Offered 20 sports
Sports Ballet, Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track, WrestlingBalletBaseball,
BasketballCheering,
Cross CountryDance,
DivingEquestrian,
Field HockeyFootball,
GolfLacrosse,
SoccerSoftball,
SwimmingTennis,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Winter TrackWrestling,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 38 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Artisans Guild, Black Cultural Alliance, Bowling Club, Chess Club, Cooking Club, England Exchange, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Filipino American Cultural Enlightenment, Fitness Club, Foreign Language Honor Societies, Frontiers of Justice, Government Internship Program, Intramural Basketball, Irish-American Club, Kodoma (Animation & Film) Club, MG Action Council (Spirit Club), McNamara Book Club, McNamara Yearbook Club, Mock Trial, Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society, National Honor Society, Peace Internship Program, Photography Club, Poetic Justice, Project Earth, Shakespeare Festival, Spain Exchange, Speech and Debate Club, Step Team, Tech Crew, Teens in Action, The Inkwell (student art &creative writing), The Stampede (school newspaper), Tri-M Music Honor Society, Vita Semper (Pro-life), Webmasters Club, Yoga Club, Youth for Christ Artisans Guild, Bowling Club, Chess Club, Cooking Club, Fitness Club, Mock Trial, Poetic Justice, Project Earth, Spain Exchange, Step Team, Tech Crew, Yoga Club, Black Cultural Alliance,
England Exchange,
Fellowship of Christian Athletes,
Filipino American Cultural Enlightenment,
Foreign Language Honor Societies,
Frontiers of Justice,
Government Internship Program,
Intramural Basketball,
Irish-American Club,
Kodoma (Animation & Film) Club,
MG Action Council (Spirit Club),
McNamara Book Club,
McNamara Yearbook Club,
Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society,
National Honor Society,
Peace Internship Program,
Photography Club,
Shakespeare Festival,
Speech and Debate Club,
Teens in Action,
The Inkwell (student art &creative writing),
The Stampede (school newspaper),
Tri-M Music Honor Society,
Vita Semper (Pro-life),
Webmasters Club,
Youth for Christ,

School Notes:

  • Bishop McNamara seeks the development of the whole person through a college-preparatory curriculum and wide ranging activities & athletics. An academically rigorous program offers students a well-rounded pathway to success. With 98-100% of recent graduates attending college, the class of 2015 was awarded over $16 million in scholarships/grants.   AP and Honors classes are available in all academic departments. Average class size is 21. The Fine Arts Diploma Endorsement Program recognizes students’ devotion to the award winning band, choir, dance, theater and visual arts programs. More than 50 clubs, 19 varsity sports teams, and foreign exchange programs enrich student life.  Bishop McNamara offers a web-based program which permits parents to check academic progress online.  Near Joint Base Andrews.

Profile last updated: 09/24/2015

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is From The Heart Christian School (1.8 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Mount Calvary Catholic School (0.1 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Mount Calvary Catholic School (0.1 miles away)
All Schools High Schools Elementary Schools Preschools Public Schools
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  • District Heights
    Grades: PK-8 | 142 students
    0.1 miles
    6704 Marlboro Pike
    District Heights, MD 20747
    (301)735-5262
    0.1PK-8
    142
  • District Heights
    Grades: K-9 | 25 students
    1 miles
    3111 Forestville Rd
    District Heights, MD 20747
    (301)420-5076
    1K-9
    25
  • District Heights
    Children Of Promise Christian Academy
    Daycare / Preschool (Baptist)
    Grades: K-9 | 40 students
    1.1 miles
    7808 Marlboro Pike
    District Heights, MD 20747
    (301)516-3800
    1.1K-9
    40
  • Suitland
    Grades: PK-12 | 235 students
    1.8 miles
    4949 Suitland Rd
    Suitland, MD 20746
    (301)899-2968
    1.8PK-12
    235
  • Suitland
    Grades: PK-12 | 38 students
    2 miles
    4650 Suitland Rd
    Suitland, MD 20746
    (301)568-6200
    2PK-12
    38

School Reviews

Bishop McNamara is a place where young adults from all walks of life can be themselves. When we look at the halls of McNamara we see 100% diversity. This is from color to size, from wealthy families to poor, from solid homes to broken ones, from young adults with high self-esteem to those broken souls in need of repair. It is that 100% diversity which makes this school tick in a different way from any other school we have been involved with. From the ??quirky?" to the future ??quantum physicist?" everyone finds a home in this school. We witness firsthand the love that binds the faculty, students and parents daily. The way a student who will never play a sport but loves them is not left out. That child is woven into an intricate framework as a leader by being a statistician, manager, summer basketball camp commissioner or the president of the spirit club who supports athletics. Niches are not found for young adults here, they are created by the believers in this ??education of life?" by faculty and staff. This goes for all aspects of the school, academics, fine arts and spiritual formation. BMHS is a place for your family to find a purpose to serve and call home.
- Posted by Parent, 10/08/15

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