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Welcome to Bishop McNamara

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Excellence in Education

Excellence in Education

Excellence is made possible by a dedicated faculty, an extensive catalog of courses including STEM, and a passionate mission to educate students' hearts and minds. Go to Academics>

LRSIC Tech Innovation Lab

STEM & INNOVATION

BMHS has developed unique partnerships with world-class organizations to enhance the student's STEM & Innovation Learning Experience. Go to STEM>

Alumni gather for the Hall of Fame and the Homecoming festivities

✟ BEING FAMILY

We continue to enjoy our alumni family years after graduation.

FINE ARTS

Bishop McNamara Fine Arts Department offers one of the most extensive arts educations in the Washington, DC area. Go to Fine Arts>

OUR VISION

Bishop McNamara 

Empowered leaders ♦ Inspired by the Gospel ♦ Transforming the world

Almost 60 years of educating youth in the Washington, DC area and a legacy of over 14,000 alumni demonstrate our belief in the unique, God-given talents of every young person who walks through our doors. We challenge our students to be innovative, creative, and caring individuals as we focus on academic excellence, leadership development, and a passion for a life rooted in Christ. Bishop McNamara strives to ensure that our graduates leave our school equipped with the knowledge and a zest for life to make our world a better place.

 

Academic Excellence

Girl Student working on her computer

Bishop McNamara, with its award-winning team of dedicated faculty,  values academic excellence for all students and is committed to providing a rigorous, diverse, and globally sensitive college-preparatory education for our students

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STEM & Innovation

Innovation Lab

Our STEM provides hands-on experiences & unique corporate partnerships in science, technology, engineering & multimedia.

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$29 Million in Scholarships

Graduation 2023

Class of 2024 earned $29M in scholarships so far!

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Extensive Fine Arts Program

String Ensemble at Grand Opening event

We offer one of the most extensive arts education in the Washington, DC area.

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Faith & Service

Liturgy for opening of school

Making God known, loved, and served.

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TESTIMONIALS

Our Voices

“Bishop McNamara High School has prepared me for college and beyond in multiple ways. I have been provided with teachers, counselors, mentors, study skills,  life skills, and resources to help me become a better version of myself. Coming into McNamara my freshman year I was shy, a person who was nervous to interact with the others. Through the help of the McNamara family I have become prepared to interact with other outside of the school in a confident manner.”

Brianna Reynolds, Class of 2024

STUDENT

“I still remember when I completed my shadow visit at Bishop McNamara during the 8th grade. I felt welcomed by everyone - students, faculty, and staff.  I could immediately see myself doing great things here and I knew I would get a great education that would prepare me for the world at large.”
 

Kennedy Ben, Class of 2025

student

BMHS prepared me for college since my freshman year when I had to learn how to be more organized to keep up with my assignments. For four years, I  had to complete homework assignments for every class, which required me to learn to balance my schedule and commitments.”

Kow Simpson, Class of 2022

alumni, harvard University student

“The growth and changes that happen in high school are essentially the same for a teenager. What is different, however, is the environment in which the teenager experiences high school, and that's where McNamara is different — here you are cared for and educated in a way that is not similar to other high schools. When you fall, we catch you. When you want to succeed, we propel you. The word that best describes our vibe is simply, love.”

Emily Koenick

Faculty, English Department Chair

"Bishop McNamara is without a doubt a superb example of an entire school community focused on making a difference and bringing out the best in each of our children. Every member of the Bishop McNamara community - from the CEO to the Principal, to the Administration, to the faculty, to the staff ensures that our children graduate as confident and competent young people poised and prepared to show the world the best of themselves every day."

Mrs. Tracye Burr Mitchell

Parent of 2 alumni, fORMER BOARD OF dIRECTORS

“I love how our students truly develop a thirst for justice. Our kids often become very active in causes that promote a greater society. In a world torn apart in so many ways, our kids truly become active, bringers of hope!”

Mr. Paul O'Brien

faculty, theology department

McNAMARA AT A GLANCE

Our Facts

11:1

Student/Faculty ratio

196

Courses offered

64%

Faculty hold Advanced Degrees

22

Varsity sports

F.A.D.E.

FINE ARTS DIPLOMA ENDORSEMENT PROGRAM

18

AVERAGE CLASS SIZE

56

honors courses

16

Average years teaching experience

5

modern & classical languages

1:1

educational device program

18

Advanced Placement Courses

COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES

Our College Acceptances

Harvard University logo
US Coast Guard Academy
Howard University
Duke University
University of Maryland
Mount St. Mary's University
Wake Forest University
Carnegie Mellon University
North Carolina A & T State University
University of Notre Dame
UMBC
U.S. Air Force Academy
Towson University
University of North Carolina
University of Rochester
George Washington University
Xavier University of Louisiana
Columbia University
Coastal Carolina University
Princeton University
Morgan State University
Ohio State University
Stetson University
Temple University
Purdue University
Tulane University of Louisiana
Vanderbilt University
Fordham University
Culinary Institute of America
Salisbury University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Tuskegee University
Seton Hall University
Clemson University
Virginia Tech