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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.

 

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It's off to Italy for members of the faculty and students of Bishop McNamara. Mr. Geoffrey Molchan of the Social Studies department, along with Senora Bozzo (department chair of Modern & Classical Language department), Mr. Brady, Mrs.

John Czajkowski '83 named Harvard Medical School Executive Dean for Administration

John Czajkowski '83 will be the new executive dean for administration at Harvard Medical School. "I have been greatly impressed by John's belief in our mission, and I am confident that he possesses the strategic and management skills necessary to help navigate the School through the opportunities and challenges ahead,"  remarked Jeffrey Flier, Dean of Faculty at Harvard Medical School.
 

Alisha Peek '14 Awarded Scholarship to Alvin Ailey School Professional Division

Alisha Peek ‘14 has been awarded a scholarship for the third consecutive year by the Ailey School Professional Division in New York.  She is again the recipient of the Special D.C.

Sierra Armstrong '14 Speaks to Members of U.S. House & Senate

On Wednesday, March 12 at the U.S. Capitol, senior Sierra Armstrong '14, accompanied by her parent's, Operation Understanding DC moderator Aaron Jenkins, and Principal Dr. Robert Van der Waag, gave an original speech to members of the Jewish and African-American Caucuses in the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.  Following Ms.

Four BMHS Juniors Present at ADW 3rd Annual Academic Symposium

On March 11, 2014, at the Third Annual Archdiocese of Washington HSPA Academic Symposium, four of our juniors presented papers they had written previously to fellow high schoolers. Josephine Kalshoven ‘15, Rachel Leader ‘15, Andrew Maduakor ‘15, and Cathryn Tsu ‘15, were nominated by a faculty member for exemplary work on a research paper or project.

BMHS Student Dancers perform in UTZ Promotion Baltimore Harbor

Students from the BMHS Dance Program, alumni John Koroma '13, Samantha Bowie '15, Gabbi Grant '16 and Shae-Lynn Warren '16 were among 50 area dancers chosen to perform in a flash mob at the Baltimore National Harbor for a National Chip Day promotion March 14, 2014.  The event was directed and choreographed by McNamara alumnus Joseph Webb '96 (American Embassy of Dance Director).  It was also co-choreographed by Crishon Landers and Coordinated by Baredu Ahmed.  The students put on an amazing performance in front of a very large crowd with only four rehearsals to prepare for the event. 

Attending a School of a Different Faith

In the recent special publication, produced by Gazette Newspapers, Theology Department Chair Adam Greer as well as BMHS Parents, Rosie Allen-Herring and Allan Herring, were featured in an article entitled Attending a School of a Different Faith: Religious Schools Welcome Students of Different Faiths written by Karen Finucan Clarkson.  

Moreau Fellowship Program for Alumni

Bishop McNamara High School is pleased to announce the 2nd year of the Moreau Fellowship Program. This ten-month position is for a Bishop McNamara graduate upon completion of his/her college experience who is dedicated to service and community life. The Moreau Fellow works as a full-time employee. Possible responsibilities include serving as a substitute, coach, club moderator, chaperon, proctor, etc., and in some cases (depending on an individual's degree work and the school's needs), working with a Master teacher to assist with a specific class. 

Cultures Merge: Spain-USA exchange for BMHS

In early September of 2014 the Paz de Ziganda Ikastola (Basque school) in Pamplona (Navarra), Spain students and their teachers would like to come for about two weeks. As in years past, we anticipate needing some 30 families to host students.  During that time, they will live with BMHS families who will act as their hosts. Indeed, during that time they are a part of your family.

Keeping up with Corey Briscoe

Senior Corey Briscoe recently reflected on his internship this past summer at the National Zoo and his future plans.  Corey was really excited about the internship through the YES! Program where he worked for several weeks as a keeper’s aid.