THE FACULTY of the English Department includes ten dedicated professional educators with a combined teaching experience of over 130 years, more than 100 of them right here at Bishop McNamara. Four teachers are BMHS alumni, a testament to our program's tradition of excellence. Our literature and professional degrees come from universities such as Dartmouth, Penn State, Marquette, University of Maryland, James Madison, Towson, Catholic University of America, and Columbia University's Teachers College.

We are passionate about professional development. Department members have received grants or studied through institutions such as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia, The College Board, the Touchstones Discussion Project, the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership, Harvard University, and the University of Cambridge. Most importantly, we take profound enjoyment in our students and in the work we do.


OUR MISSION is to provide comprehensive instruction for college-bound students who will: .
  • Think clearly and confidently
  • Communicate effectively in writing and speech
  • Recognize the power and beauty of the written word
  • Have an enduring appreciation for the meaning of literature in their lives

Curriculum & Coursework

Our students pursue a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, with an emphasis on the writing, reading and critical thinking skills needed to succeed in college and beyond. Honors and Advanced Placement courses are offered for high-achieving students. 
Our elective courses offer entry points for specialized study in the humanities. Students in our journalism program have won awards in regional competitions, and published work in publications such as The Washington Post and WUSA Channel 9 News. 

Extracurricular Clubs & Organizations

Extracurricular clubs such as Poetic Justice, Mock Trial, National English Honor Society and the annual Shakespeare Festival exist for those who seek further opportunities to experience writing, literature and debate. 
Weekly sessions of The National English Honor Society provide after-school writing assistance to any student who seeks help.
Bishop McNamara High School
6800 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD 20747
Phone: 301.735.8401
Fax: 301.735.0934
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