Bishop McNamara High School

  • 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. Students in grades 9-12 come from an hour radius of the school, including Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. 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.".

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
Association of Independent Maryland And DC Schools (JAIMS)
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDiagnosed Learning Differences (St Joseph Program), Developmental Delays (St Andre Program)
Year Founded1964
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students880 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 32%
Students by Grade Bishop McNamara High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers91 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size21 students
Number of AP Courses17 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP 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. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(khaki pants, blazers, khaki skirts)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 15 / Mar. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$15,000
Tuition NotesTuition 10-month plans offered.
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorVincent Harrington
Admissions AssociateDeanna Warnock


Total Sports Offered20 sports
SportsBallet, Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track, WrestlingBalletBaseball,
Cross CountryDance,
DivingField Hockey,
LacrosseRock Climbing,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Winter TrackWrestling,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.33 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
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, McNamara Yearbook Club, Mock Trial, Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society, National Honor Society, Photography Club, Poetic Justice, Project Earth, Spain Exchange, Speech and Debate Club, Step Team, Teens in Action, The Stampede (school newspaper), Vita Semper (Pro-life), Webmasters Club, Yoga Club, Youth for Christ

Arts and Music Programs:
Artisans Guild, Intramural Basketball, Shakespeare Festival, Tech Crew, The Inkwell (student art &creative writing), Tri-M Music Honor Society

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 2017 was awarded over $22 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.
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  • Bladensburg
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    All-girls (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: 9-12 | 590 students
    6.6 miles
    5715 Emerson Street
    Bladensburg, MD 20710
    (301) 864-4532
    6.6 9-12
  • Hyattsville
    Dematha Catholic High School
    All-boys (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: 9-12 | 865 students
    7.9 miles
    4313 Madison St
    Hyattsville, MD 20781
    (240) 764-2200
    7.9 9-12
  • Clinton
    Grades: PK-12 | 495 students
    6.6 miles
    6501 Surratts Road
    Clinton, MD 20735
    (301) 868-1600
    6.6 PK-12
  • Laurel
    Grades: 9-12 | 441 students
    16.7 miles
    113 St Mary's Place
    Laurel, MD 20707
    (301) 725-3228
    16.7 9-12
  • Upper Marlboro
    Grades: PK-12 | 243 students
    4.8 miles
    6707 Woodyard Road
    Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
    (301) 599-9600
    4.8 PK-12

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.
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The average private school tuition in Maryland is $10,545 for elementary schools and $16,328 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Maryland is 80% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).