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Mission & Philosophy


Bishop McNamara High School, a college preparatory school in the Holy Cross tradition, exists to educate and to form young men and women in and through the Catholic faith. The school challenges its students to think with Christ: a thought animated by the gospel, manifested in service, and informed by academic excellence.


Bishop McNamara High School, a college preparatory school in the Holy Cross tradition, exists to educate and to form young men and women in and through the Catholic faith. Through spiritual and academic guidance and service to others, the school provides an opportunity to participate in the practice of the Catholic faith in an atmosphere supportive of religious values. This faith message is taught not in isolation but is integrated with learning and living by relating the Gospel message to content areas, by the living example of faculty and staff, by partnership with families, and by service to the outside community.

By welcoming students from diverse backgrounds, the school exposes its students to a variety of traditions beyond their own, instilling a respect for the cultures and values of others. Bishop McNamara is committed to developing in all students a sense of self-worth and accomplishment. The school also seeks to instill a sense of responsibility for one's actions and for the well being of the local and global community. Students learn this responsibility through a range of evolving curricular, co-curricular, and institutional programs. The school serves those within our community without prejudice, accepting all persons as they have been created in God's infinite goodness.

The school provides a strong, challenging and diverse curriculum that allows each student to achieve success commensurate with ability and effort. The school helps the student develop the power to reason independently and think creatively. Included in this program are co-curricular activities, which are provided to cultivate a student's interests and skills.

Ultimately, the school challenges its students to think with Christ--a thought animated by the Gospel, manifested in service and informed by academic excellence.


A Holy Cross Tradition

Bishop McNamara High School is sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross, whose earliest educational establishment in the United States is the University of Notre Dame, in South Bend, Indiana.

The Congregation of Holy Cross has established schools, as a continuation of the legacy of the Blessed Basil Anthony Moreau, to cultivate minds and hearts and to serve the needs of the Church and the world. Educational institutions sponsored by the Eastern Province of Brothers of the Congregation of Holy Cross are entrusted with the stewardship of the vision of Blessed Father Moreau. These institutions employ their resources in partnership with students, parents, guardians and other members of the wider community.

Blessed Father Moreau wrote:

Society has a greater need for people of values than it has for scholars.
Positive values influence knowledge and put it in good use


Therefore, at Bishop McNamara, we focus on the harmonious development of the whole person, offering information and formation for the transformation of the world.

Our faith influences everything that we do and helps us to prepare our students for a meaningful life. We are dedicated to helping our students to see God in all things and the face of Christ in all people, to transform themselves and society, to seek truth in all they do, and to be servant-leaders who seek to make the world a better place.

Holy Cross sponsored schools exist to promote the legacy and vision of Blessed Basil Moreau by developing leaders among the People of God for the good of Church and society.

Education is the art of bringing young people to completeness.

Blessed Basil Anthony Moreau, Founder, Congregation of Holy Cross


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


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