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.".

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked MD School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 880 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $15,000
  • Acceptance rate: 40%
  • Average class size: 21 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 15 / Mar. 15 / rolling

Top Rankings

Bishop McNamara High School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Maryland for:

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Diagnosed Learning Differences (St Joseph Program), Developmental Delays (St Andre Program)
Year Founded
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
880 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 37%
Students by Grade
Bishop McNamara High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

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

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Dec. 15 / Mar. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition 10-month plans offered.
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Vincent Harrington
Admissions Associate
Deanna Warnock



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
33 extracurriculars
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.

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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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked MD School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 880 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $15,000
  • Acceptance rate: 40%
  • Average class size: 21 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 15 / Mar. 15 / rolling

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