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Mr. Richard Middleton, Freshman Counselor, works with students on academic goals and class selection.
BMHS Alumni students visit campus with college spirit wear


The Counseling Center provides a comprehensive, developmental program that meets the personal, social, emotional, academic, college and career development needs of each individual student. Our professional counselors provide support in a warm, inviting and safe environment where students are always welcome and important. We provide services to maximize students' potential and achievement while fostering the independence and self-expression required for lifelong learning.

In partnership with teachers, administrators, parents and guardians, school counselors assist students as they learn to be effective problem solvers, responsible decision-makers, and critical thinkers who will become independent, productive members of society.

Bishop McNamara is an official SAT test site.  Students should use the BMHS test center code, 21291, when registering to take the test at Bishop McNamara. Students must also enter Bishop McNamara's CEEP Code, 210532, when registering for the SAT in order to have test results reported to Bishop McNamara High School, even if they are taking the exam at another location.

Exam Study Guide - 2ndSemester 2012_13 

Above is a link to the Semester Exam Study Guide Grid. Teachers will issue study guides to help you prepare for your exams. Make sure you have completed and submitted all special assignments and projects on time. Please meet with your counselor if you feel you need help preparing for your semester exams.

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Course Registration for 2014-2015 School Year Underway

The Course Registration process for the 2014-2015 school year will begin next week, when guidance counselors visit the students' classrooms to distribute the 2014-2015 Course Bulletin booklets and Course Selection sheets.  Important dates to keep in mind during the course registration process:

2nd Semester Schedule Changes

The second semester of the 2013-2014 school year will begin on Friday, January 24.  Please review your child’s second semester class schedule with him or her to ensure that any open periods have been filled with a class or study hall.  Students should see their counselors by Wednesday, January 15, to make any changes to their second semester schedules.  Instructions for accessing your child’s schedule in the Parent Portal are available on the Counseling Page of our website.  If you have any problems accessing the portal please e-mail

Mid-Term Exam Study Techniques Workshop

“Today’s preparation determines tomorrow’s achievement.” (Anonymous).   With this in mind, the Bishop McNamara Counseling Center will host two workshops aimed at helping our students prepare for mid-term examinations.  The first is scheduled for December 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and the second will take place on December 12 from 3:15 p.m.

Exam Study Guide for First Semester

Studying for mid-term exams can be a daunting challenge for students, but the BMHS Counseling Center team has created a study guide that breaks the process down into manageable chunks.

Sophomore Parent Information Night Recap

The Counseling Center was pleased to host a large turnout of our sophomore parents on Thursday, October 24 for our Sophomore Parent Information night.  Ms. Kristian Owens, our sophomore counselor, spoke to the parents regarding the challenges that our sophomore students typically face,  the recent standardized testing, and our Naviance suite of college and career planning software.  Below is a brief recap for those parents who were unable to attend.
Helpful Parenting Tips for a Successful Sophomore Year:

BMHS Faculty HSPA Award Winners

For the 2013-2014 school year, Bishop McNamara High School has named Counselor, Jennifer Auchmoody, and Visual Arts teacher, Kate Heneghan, as its Archdiocese of Washington High School Principals Association (HPSA) New and Veteran Teachers of the Year. Jennifer and Kate were both nominated and selected by their peers and will be honored with other schools’ HPSA winners at a ceremony on Oct. 25.