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 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 3:30-6:30 pm one day a week on the Bishop McNamara campus.

Online Courses

Bishop McNamara High School offers a limited number of students in the 2014-2015 school year 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 2014-2015 school year: AP Computer Science A, Honors German, Honors Japanese I, Honors Latin I, and Honors Latin II.

School Calendar

    • FriOct31 Halloween
    • FriOct31 HSPA/Professional Development
    • FriOct31 NO SCHOOL
    • SatNov01 Fall Gala
    • SunNov02 Daylight Savings Time Ends (set clock back)
    • MonNov03 GOLD B

BMHS News

​On Friday, October 24, Mr. Shane Scott, Founder & CEO of Impruv ED, along with two of his former students Ms. Areeg Hawa and Mr. Leith Jaber, who now attend school and work in the United States, came to Bishop McNamara to speak about the Palestinian/Israeli conflict to Mr. Michael Pozniak's and Mr. Chris Williams' senior Global Studies classes.
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​Josephine Kalshoven and Mary Korendyke, Class of 2015, were named Commended Participants in the National Merit Scholarship Program, for placing in the top 5% of over 1.5 million students who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
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Breana Ross, Class of 2015, has been named a Seminfinalist in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program. Jordan Hinkle, Akosua Johnson, Laken Smothers and Jordan Wells were named Outstanding Participants in the National Achievement Scholarship Program.
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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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