About Us

Best School of Prince George's County
Bishop McNamara High School continues to be a beacon of faith-based, intellectual development by joining academic excellence with Catholic faith formation. For 50 years, Bishop McNamara High School has borne convincing testimony to the importance of Catholic education.  
His Eminence, Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington


Academic Excellence

Bishop McNamara High School offers our students a 21st century renaissance education, which includes:

  • Relevant and rigorous college-preparatory curriculum
  • 163 courses
  • STEM initiatives along with the Arts (STEAM)
  • 17 Advanced Placement Courses
  • 50 Honors Courses
  • 8 different Modern and Classical Languages
  • Online Classroom with Learning Management Systems
  • iPad 1:1 program and technology integration
  • Distance Learning
  • Online Courses
  • Dual Enrollment Program for college credit


A Holy Cross education encourages students to deepen their spiritual lives through education, worship, and service. Daily theology classes, spiritual retreats, and authentic prayer build understanding and relationships. Meaningful liturgical celebrations affirm our Christian identity and Catholic heritage.

The Fine Arts Program

The Fine Arts Department at Bishop McNamara High School offers one of the most extensive arts programs in the Washington, D.C. area. Classroom instruction is offered in music, dance, art and theater. Students also have a spectrum of performance options, including jazz, orchestra, and band ensembles, dance recitals, theatrical productions and student art exhibits.

The Holy Cross Service Program

The Holy Cross Service Program is an integral part of student life at Bishop McNamara. As a school community we look to our students to live as Christ did, “feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, offering hospitality to the homeless, caring for the sick and visiting the imprisoned.” Students experience service as a formative process, not simply as a requirement to be met. Depending on grade level, students work within a particular focus area such as children, the elderly or the economic poor. This ensures our students have had a diverse service experience when they graduate. The Holy Cross Service Program at Bishop McNamara High School is guided by love of neighbor and the work of social justice. Students are encouraged to move out of their comfort zones as they help those in need. As graduates, they continue to seek out those in need and to serve the communities around them, convinced that service is essential to Christian life.

Fine Arts Diploma Endorsement (FADE)

This program serves to refine students’ talent and skill, cultivate a community of respect, appreciation and understanding of the arts, and acknowledge students’ dedication to the Fine Arts throughout their high school career. Students who graduate with the Fine Arts Diploma Endorsement receive a notation on their transcripts and a special honor certificate at graduation.

Campus Ministry

The Campus Ministry Department strives to carry out the vision of Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C. “to make God known, loved, and served.” The five areas of focus are Retreats, Peer Ministry, Liturgy, Service, and Mission. The retreat program is responsible for assisting our community in coming to know Jesus Christ. Through school-wide Liturgies and other forms of prayer, Campus Ministry helps students to come to know God. To serve the most in need, Campus Ministry provides opportunities for students to love and serve the Lord by helping the poor and marginalized. In making God “known, loved, and served” the Campus Ministry Department fosters the spiritual formation and transformation of the entire Bishop McNamara community.

The Peer Ministry Program

A senior Theology Studies course that enables students to build self-awareness, become a mentor for ninth grade students, develop a spirituality based on contemplation and action, and investigate, both spiritually and academically, the roles of service and leadership in Christianity and Catholicism. Students serve as retreat leaders and peer mentors to the entire community.

Athletic Program

Bishop McNamara competes in the highly competitive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference at the Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Freshman levels. We strive to maintain a proud tradition in athletics. We expect our athletes, coaches, and fans to represent the student body and the Bishop McNamara community by displaying the highest standards of sportsmanship and self-discipline. The Athletic Department at Bishop McNamara seeks to educate the whole person, not just the athlete. As an extension of the classroom, athletics at Bishop McNamara seeks to instill Christian values on the playing field, in the classroom, and in the community.

Counseling Program

The Counseling Center offers a comprehensive, developmental program that meets the personal, social, emotional, academic, college, and career development needs of each 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 life long 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. Personal, college, and career counseling provides students with the tools necessary to grow spiritually and personally while preparing for life after high school.

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Education is the art of bringing young people to completeness. Blessed Basil Anthony Moreau, Founder, Congregation of Holy Cross

Bishop McNamara High School
6800 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD 20747
Phone: 301.735.8401
Fax: 301.735.0934
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