Welcome to Bishop McNamara High School, Home of the Mighty Mustangs, housed on a beautiful 14 acre campus with opportunities abound. With over 50 years of educating the hearts and minds of young people, our school is located just south of the Nation's Capital, Washington,D.C., north of Joint Base Andrews, and west of the Prince George's County seat, Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
Innovation lies at the crossroads of fields, disciplines and cultures. At Bishop McNamara, we are developing tomorrow’s innovators today by committing to provide cutting-edge spaces and facilities that foster collaborative learning and a hands-on approach to the study of science and technology.
The centerpiece of our vision for the future is the establishment of the La Reine Science and Innovation Center at Bishop McNamara High School. This planned state-of-the-art facility will enable us to expand beyond traditional science offerings, build on highly-successful programs already in existence, and create new spaces for exploration, creativity and discovery.
SERVING THE NEEDS OF THE GREATER COMMUNITY AND FUTURE WORKFORCE NEEDS
This Center will enable us to serve as an important resource and pipeline for underrepresented populations in STEM fields; including women, minorities and students at or below the poverty line through a new program of scholarship and financial aid support. As a co-anchor of the region with Joint Base Andrews, Bishop McNamara High School is committed to also providing scholarship support for students of military service families to take advantage of this extraordinary learning environment.
The impact of the La Reine Center on the lives of our future student scholars will be extraordinary.
At present, all Bishop McNamara science classes and science/computer labs are operating at maximum capacity. To meet the aspirations of tech-thirsty students, the goal of both deepening and broadening curricular offerings and making them more available to underserved and underrepresented students, and the urgent need to provide equipment and resources required for this effort, the La Reine Science and Innovation Center will double the number of science and computer labs.
The technologies learned in this newly-expanded curriculum will be applied to a multitude of potential career paths related to science, technology and engineering. Our vision is that engineering especially will be one of the chief cornerstones of the experiential approach to learning and the hallmark of science and innovation at Bishop McNamara. The Center will enable the Foundation of Engineering curriculum, for example, to cover all four years of high school. This will help us further prepare our students for the future, as we set our vision to meet the demands of today's society and the desires of our school community. Our dream and their aspirations are only limited by time and space.
With the advent of the Center, our highly-successful Cisco certification program, as well as other popular computer science and information technology courses, will be expanded to feature new courses in evolving technologies such as coding and cybersecurity. These courses will be provided in an adaptive, cutting-edge learning environment.
Another focus of the Center will be to transform aviation from a club activity to an innovative science curriculum that offers not only ground and flight training, but also aeronautics.
Currently, students must pay for this training themselves and add time to their already crowded school day due to lack of space and resources. The U.S. military and U.S. airlines are currently short of pilots and this trend, especially for the airlines, is expected to last for the next five to 10 years.
THE NEW STANDARD: INNOVATION
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, our new Center will enable students and faculty to experiment and create in open work areas and “makerspaces.” Flexible classrooms will promote teamwork and active learning. Welcoming common areas will extend the collaborative environment to the broader community of learners. The result will be a facility that offers unprecedented opportunities for students to explore, create, imagine and discover.