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Bishop McNamara High School provides a Catholic, college-preparatory education that values academic excellence for all students and a curriculum that informs, forms and transforms our students to reach their God-given potential by educating their hearts and minds while preparing them for life within the context of a global community.  

Ensuring students’ success in college and in life, the school’s curriculum and course offerings are rooted in the Catholic faith and the Holy Cross mission and charism.

To meet the diverse interests, backgrounds,and talents of students, Bishop McNamara High School provides a variety of course offerings to individualize the learning experience. At the same time, we help students meet the requirements for college admission or other types of professional preparation.

Honors courses are offered in English, mathematics, science, modern & classical languages, technology, social studies, and each of the fine arts disciplines. 

Advanced Placement courses are offered in English language, English literature, calculus, statistics, computer programming, psychology, chemistry, biology, physics, French, Spanish, U.S. history and European history.  Advanced Placement courses are also offered in music theory, Latin Vergil, Latin Poetry, and modern & classical language literature when there is sufficient student interest.

Bishop McNamara has joined with Prince George's Community College in the initiative to continue the tradition of quality education at the secondary and post-secondary levels. Prince George's Community College will offer college classes taught at Bishop McNamara High School. This opportunity for obtaining concurrent/dual credit is open to juniors and seniors whose general academic profile meets Prince George's Community College criteria. During the school year, classes will take place as Omega Periods from 3:30-6:30pm one day a week on the Bishop McNamara campus.

 

Related News

Caritas - Celebrating Outstanding Volunteers & Award Winners 2014

 
On May 29, 2014, the Bishop McNamara High School community honored its outstanding volunteers and award winning honorees at the 2014 Caritas Awards Banquet in the Fine Arts & Athletic Center. Congratulations to all our honorees.

Armchair Pilgrimage for Grade 10 Theology Classes

On Friday, May 16, Charles and Elizabeth McClain (father and step-mother of teacher Mr. Justin McClain '00) visited Mr. McClain's three Theology 10 classes to provide his students with a photographic "armchair pilgrimage" to Christian sites in the Holy Land, Italy and the Vatican.  

Spring Break 2014: Italy

Mr. Geoffrey Molchan (Social Studies), along with Modern & Classical Language Chair Señora Georgina Gomez-Bozzo, Associate Principal & Dean of Students Mr. Reginald Brady, Associate Principal & Academic Dean Mrs. Mindi Imes de Duclos and 20 students from Bishop McNamara High School ventured to Italy over the 2014 Easter Break. 

Our students experienced the great historical wonders of Florence, Venice, Assisi, Rome, and ancient Pompeii.

Bishop McNamara: All in the Family for Graduating Senior

Anthony Diehlmann '14 is the 43rd member of his family, which includes the Diehlmanns, Rohans, Mammanos, Ayres, Pickerings, and other branches, to graduate from Bishop McNamara High School or from our sister school, La Reine High School.  Anthony, his family, and his family at Bishop McNamara were featured in an article in the Catholic Standard on May 22, 2014 by Editor Mark Zimmermann.

Two BMHS Sophomores Receive Full Scholarships to AdCamp

Sophomores Brieanna Bowman and Alonzo Farley have been accepted to AdCamp of the American Advertising Federation, a summer enrichment program that teaches students about an advertising college major, careers in advertising and what it takes to market different products and services to consumers. Both students received full scholarships to this competitive, unique and exciting program.

According to the American Advertising Federation, AdCamp is more than just classroom lectures:

Science Classes Learn Mammal Anatomy by Fetal Pig Dissection

The fetal pig dissection lab is the final lab representing the cumulative material learned in the Honors and College Prep Anatomy and Physiology classes. The students, under the direction of Science Department chair and teacher, Ms. Denise Kazimer, previously dissected a sheep brain, a cow eye, and a sheep heart.

Five Students Receive ACE Scholarships

Five Bishop McNamara Seniors were awarded with $1,500 scholarships through their participation with the ACE Mentoring Club.  Congratulations go to John-Elias Baldwin '14, Anthony Diehlmann '14, Gabrielle Enguillado '14, Si Eun Jung '14, and Alexander Scott '14.  The students were presented with their checks at a scholarship breakfast at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC.  
 
Mr. Philip Artin, father of David '08 and Daniel '10, and Mr. Dwayne Somerville '84 were also in attendance still supporting that Mustang Pride!
 

Fine Arts Students Receive Awards for Excellence at Kennedy Center

Several Bishop McNamara High School students were selected in recognition of artistic excellence by The National Society of Arts and Letters Excellence in the Arts Program: Z'ane Davis-Smith '15, Ceandria Mars '15, Kevin Glotfelty '15, and Rochell Ann Yacat '15.  They were honored and received their awards and certificates on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at a ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  Our congratulations to them all!

2014 National Society of Arts and Letters, Washington DC Chapter Award for Excellence in the Arts

BMHS Students Sweep Rotary Young American Scholarships

Bishop McNamara High School students of the Class of 2014, Kimberly Weaver, Elizabeth Jolly and Ashleigh Williams, were honored as Rotary Club Young American Scholarship award winners at the Rotary Club of Upper Marlboro, Lake Presidential Golf Club, Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

St. Joseph's Program Receives Funds from CBN

Congratulations to Bishop McNamara High School St. Joseph Program, the Catholic Business Network (CBN) Grant Recipient for April. On hand to accept the check for $1,500 was Program Director, Elaine Greene. From left to right, Mr. John Kincaid, CBN President; Mr. Marco Clark '85, President/CEO of Bishop McNamara; Mayra Fernandez-Martinez '16; Mrs. Elaine Greene, St. Joseph Program Director; and Dr. Robert Van der Waag, Principal of BMHS. The funds will be used for technology to benefit the St. Joseph Program.