Creativity and self-expression are essential components to a Bishop McNamara Fine Arts education. Our Fine Arts programs are uniquely placed in both the academic and co-curricular life of the school. We offer courses and performance opportunities in Band, Chorus, Dance, Orchestra, Theatre, Speech, and Visual Arts. The Fine Arts curriculum is designed to awaken and challenge every student's desire to create. Our Fine Arts department is guided by practicing artists who all share a love, passion, and vocation to teach.
The Fine Arts Department at Bishop McNamara offers one of the most extensive arts educations in the Washington, DC area. Our large musical ensembles, intimate dance classes, theatrical productions, and art studio offer comfortable, rewarding, fun, yet challenging environments for all participating students. We encourage the growth and success of the students. One credit of Fine Arts is required for graduation. Performance based courses may require additional fees and/or fundraising.
The F.A.D.E. Program will serve to refine students' talents and skill, cultivate a community of respect, appreciation and understanding of the arts, and acknowledge students' dedication to the Fine Arts throughout their high school career. Students who graduate with the Fine Arts Diploma Endorsement receive a notation on their transcripts and a special honor certificate at graduation. Students may apply at the beginning of their Sophomore year. See your Fine Arts teacher for the application form and requirements specific to your major arts focus.
Information for Placement Auditions is available at Fine Arts Scholarships. Thank you for your interest in the Arts at BMHS!