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Dual Enrollment

Beginning the fall semester of 2015, approved students will be able to take certain courses for dual enrollment credit at Bishop McNamara in partnership with Anne Arundel Community College.

The course would be taken as an independent study by the student and would involve rigorous, college-level work that would challenge the student and aid in our mission of preparing our students for the academic load of college. As such, grades in the course would be weighted into students' GPA with the same weight as an AP-level course. In completing these dual enrollment courses, students would earn transferable college credit while in high school, become knowledgeable in taking a course online, and enhance their college applications. It is important to note that transferability of college credits is up to the college or university which the student chooses to attend.

Students would independently complete the coursework online. As such, we will be looking only for students who have already shown in honors and AP coursework at Bishop McNamara that they can handle the challenges of an academically rigorous course with significant independent work. An instructor from Anne Arundel Community College will make regular visits to Bishop McNamara High School to check in with students and ensure that the students are making steady progress in the course, and helping them where need be in order to guide their learning. A total of at least nine students must be enrolled in the course in order for Anne Arundel to provide an instructor for the course and for Bishop McNamara to offer the course.

Two courses will be offered for those looking to fulfill elective credits, but may not be taken in order to fulfill a graduation credit. The cost of each of these courses would be $403 per course plus textbooks.

PSY-214 - Abnormal Psychology

  • 3 credit hours at Anne Arundel Community College
  • 1 credit as an elective at Bishop McNamara High School

This one-semester course will enable students to learn about mental disorders, including an examination of causes, symptoms, treatment, and management. Study anxiety disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders and schizophrenia. Explore problems in the field of abnormal psychology and discuss current attempts to solve them. Prerequisite: Successful completion of 9th, 10th and 11th-grade years, successful completion of Psychology (BMHS Course 351) and permission from College Counselor and Dean of Programs.

SOC-111 - Introduction to Sociology

  • 3 credit hours at Anne Arundel Community College
  • 1 credit as an elective at Bishop McNamara High School

This one-semester course will enable students to learn sociological principles and perspectives as a way of understanding everyday social life. Study meanings and functions of various roles in historical and contemporary societies. Evaluate causes, consequences and comparisons of social hierarchies. Prerequisite: Successful completion of 9th and 10th-grade years and permission from College Counselor and Dean of Programs.

The following course will be offered to help students fulfill their IT course requirement here at Bishop McNamara High School or as an elective. This course will cost $428 plus textbooks.

CSI-112 – Computing & Information Tech

  • 4 credit hours at Anne Arundel Community College
  • 1 credit at Bishop McNamara High School

This one-semester course will enable students to learn computing and information technology concepts and skills that are fundamental to social, personal, business and academic environments. Learn about the Internet, networking, hardware, software, security, privacy, ethics and emerging technologies. Participate in hands-on labs using Microsoft Windows and the Microsoft Office applications which include word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentations. Prerequisite: Successful completion of 9th and 10th-grade years and permission from College Counselor and Dean of Programs.

If you and your student are interested in enrolling in any of these courses, please have them contact their guidance counselor by June 15th to discuss whether or not the student is ready for the challenge, if they meet the requirements, and if so, to enroll. If you have any questions, please contact Clare Treichel, Director of Counseling at clare.treichel@bmhs.org or Brian Brower, Dean of Programs at brian.brower@bmhs.org.

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