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Academics

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.

College-Preparatory Courses

College-Preparatory courses help college bound high school students better meet the more stringent scholastic requirements for entry into colleges and universities. Students taking college-preparatory courses may have an increased quantity of classwork, and expectations to achieve are at a higher level. College-prep courses are particularly appropriate for providing the academic background needed to succeed in a degree program at a college or university.

Honors Courses

For the high-achieving high school students, Bishop McNamara offers a broad selection of honors courses that fulfill basic graduation requirements in English, history, math, and science, while providing a more rigorous curriculum and a more challenging academic environment. Honors courses are offered in English, mathematics, science, modern & classical languages, technology, social studies, and each of the fine arts disciplines.

Advanced Placement Courses

Bishop McNamara Advanced Placement program offers rigorous college-level curricula and assessments to students in high school. 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.

Dual Enrollment Courses

Bishop McNamara has joined with Anne Arundel Community College in the initiative to continue the tradition of quality education at the secondary and post-secondary levels. Anne Arundel 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 3:30-6:30 pm one day a week on the Bishop McNamara campus.

Online Courses

Bishop McNamara High School offers a limited number of students the opportunity for Online Courses through University of Missouri High School. The University of Missouri High School courses provide distance learning courses, through a variety of delivery methods that will complement our traditional high school curricula. The students in these courses will report to a computer lab classroom during a designated block. There will be an educator with them throughout the course, but it is important that students are confident, self-motivated, and determined to meet deadlines, since students in these classrooms may be taking different courses.

The following courses offered online through the University of Missouri High School will count as credit for the school year: AP Computer Science A, Honors German, Honors Japanese I, Honors Latin I, and Honors Latin II.

School Calendar

    • SunFeb14 Winter Break
    • SunFeb14 St. Valentine's Day
    • SunFeb14 Urban Challenge at the Romero Center Other
    • MonFeb15 NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
    • MonFeb15 President's Day
    • TueFeb16 MAROON A
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Bishop McNamara High School
6800 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD 20747
Phone: 301.735.8401
Fax: 301.735.0934
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