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Handbooks & Guides

The Bishop McNamara High School Counseling Center publishes several handbooks designed to help our students navigate the college search and application process. The Handy Dandy Guide is a quick reference handbook all senior students receive in the fall of senior year. The BMHS College Handbook is distributed to parents during Junior Parent College Information Night, and the Guide for Student/Athletes is available to any student, regardless of grade level, who plans to participate in college athletics. Select the link below to view the contents of each guide; click on the book icon to view and print any of these guides. If you have any questions, please contact the Counseling Office.

BMHS Profile

BMHS ProfileClick on image for BMHS Profile.

College Preparation Timeline

College Preparation Timeline Click on Icon for Timelines

9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade
12th Grade

College Handbook

College Handbook Click on icon for College Handbook

Topics Covered:

How Colleges Admit Students
College Exploration
The First Step (Look at Yourself)
Mounting the Search
High School Course Selection
Learning About Colleges
Making the Most of the College Fair
Junior Year Activities
Senior Year Activities
Campus Visits
Admission Plans
Degree of Difficulty
College Admission Tests
Admission Essays
Narrowing the Choices
The College Application
Understanding College Costs
Financial Aid
After the Application
Parents and the College Admission Process
World Wide Web Resources
Standardized Testing
BMHS Transcripts/Teacher Recommendations
BMHS Athletes
Introducing Naviance
Junior Year Tasks

Handy Dandy Student Guide

Handy Dandy Guide Click on Icon for Handy Dandy Guide

Topics Covered:

The Application
Standardized Testing
Student Athletes
College Visits
Teacher Recommendations
Introducing Naviance
Transcript Request Form
Teacher Recommendation Form

Junior Parent College Preparation Night PowerPoint Presentation

Junior Parent College Night PowerPoint Presentation Click on Icon to view the PowerPoint Presentation for Junior Parent College Info Night

Topics Covered:



Finding the Right College
Overview of the Application Process
Standardized Testing





Student Athlete NCAA Guide

Guide for the Student Athlete Click on Icon for NCAA Guide

Topics Covered:

NCAA Eligibility Center and the Role of the Student
The Difference Between Divisions I, II and III
List of NCAA Sponsored Sports
The Game Plan
Registering with the NCAA Eligibility Center
Developing Your Recruiting Marketing Strategies
Sample Initial Letter of Interest
Sample Athletic Profile
Sample Activity Sheet
Myths About BMHS Student/Athletes
Profile of the BMHS Student/Athlete
Initial Eligibility Requirements
Core Course Requirements
Division I Worksheet
Division II Worksheet
Frequently Asked Questions
What I Need to Know
College Checklist
Tips for Succeeding as a College Athlete
BMHS Records Release Form

Counseling Calendar

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


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