Bishop Mcnamara High School

6800 Marlboro Pike,
District Heights, MD, 20747-0207
Tel: (301)735-8401
Grades: 9 - 12 | 891 students
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.

School Overview

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 70%
State avg.: 30%
Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 81 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 11:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 40%
Average Class Size 21 students
Number of AP Courses 17 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  
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(khaki pants, blazers, khaki skirts)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Dec. 15 / Mar. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $12,000
Tuition Notes Tuition 10-month plan offered. Book rental fee $350.
Acceptance Rate 40%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Patricia Garber
Admissions Associate Michael Jones


Total Sports Offered 20 sports
Sports BalletBaseballBasketballCheeringCross Country
DanceDivingEquestrianField HockeyFootball
TennisTrack and FieldVolleyballWinter TrackWrestling
Cross CountryDance,
Field HockeyFootball,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Winter TrackWrestling,


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 2012 was awarded over $18.2 million in scholarships/grants.  The 14-acre campus includes newly built Moreau Chapel, renovated Holy Cross Hall, Fine Arts and Athletic Center, and new sport turf athletic field. AP and Honors classes are available in all academic departments. Average class size is 22. 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 through PCR Educator which permits parents to check academic progress online.  Near Joint Base Andrews.

  • Profile last updated: 08/31/2012

Nearby 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 God's Church International Higher Learning (2 miles away)
 All Schools  |High Schools High Schools  |Elementary Schools Elementary Schools  |Preschools Preschools  |Public Schools Public Schools 
Show me:
  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • District Heights Mount Calvary Catholic School
    (Roman Catholic)
    6704 Marlboro Pike
    District Heights , MD , 20747
    (Roman Catholic)
    0.1  mi  |  200  students  |  Gr.  NS-8
  • District Heights
    Our Savior's School
    3111 Forestville Rd
    District Heights , MD , 20747
    1  mi  |  25  students  |  Gr.  K-9
  • District Heights
    Children Of Promise Christian Academy
    7808 Marlboro Pike
    District Heights , MD , 20747
    1.1  mi  |  40  students  |  Gr.  K-9
  • District Heights
    New Horizon Cdc Summit
    5570 Silver Hill Rd
    District Heights , MD , 20747
    1.2  mi  |  25  students  |  Gr.  K-3
  • Suitland From The Heart Christian School
    4949 Suitland Rd
    Suitland , MD , 20746
    1.8  mi  |  197  students  |  Gr.  1-12

School Reviews

Reviews should be a few sentences in length. Please include any comments on:

  • Quality of academic programs, teachers, and facilities
  • Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities
  • Academic or athletic awards

I am a:

Email: (we will not reveal your email)

Your review:

Would you recommend this school?         Add School Reviews - Recommended Yes    

 I give permission to post this review online for other visitors to read.

Area Statistics

Recent Articles
Choosing a School: 10 Things Which Matter To Parents
Choosing a School: 10 Things Which Matter To Parents
Never lose sight of why you are planning to send your child to private school. This list of ten considerations will help you focus on the things which matter.
3 Tips for an Effective Private School Job Search
Use these tips to tweak your job search strategies as you seek employment in a private school.
5 Financial Aid DOs and DONTs
Part of the private school selection process is financial aid. We point out five issues about which you should be aware.
Request Information
I am a: Parent   Student  
Parent or guardian name:
First name:
Middle name:
Last name:
Student date of birth:
Student is:
Male   Female  
Currently grade:
Seeking entry grade:
Target start date:
Name of current school:
School type:
Public   Private   Parochial  
Applying for financial aid?:
Yes   No   Don't Know  

Please describe academic, athletic, and extracurricular interests of the student.


(enter "N/A" if not applicable)

Allow other schools to send me information. Share your information with all schools on our site and let them send you brochures.

Save this data and create your user profile. Create your own user account so you don't have to re-type your user data each time you request information.You'll also be able to track your information requests, get reminded of application dates, and more!