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Bishop Mcnamara High School

Private | 9-12 | 874 students


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Posted November 3, 2013

Both of my children graduated from BMHS. My son in 2006 and my daughter in 2008. My daughter went on to graduate from Howard University and is now a budding broadcast journalist working in radio. While my son did not finish college, he is working in banking and is a homeowner. He just finished his real estate classes and plans on combining his finance and real estate knowledge to pursue a career as a Real Estate Broker. BMHS gave both my children their foundation for success.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 9, 2011

I adore McNamara. My sister & I both graduated from here & are doing very well, as are my other friends who have attended this school. The teachers care & the environment is like a family. Yes, sometimes the rules are too strict, but you still have fun. When I went to college, I was one of the few who actually knew how to study & write a paper because of McNamara. Yes, Catholic tuition is expensive but they go out of their way to make sure you are able to afford them through grants & scholarships. Take advantage of the fine arts here, they are outstanding! Sports are being built up as well but their division is one of the toughest in the nation. Bishop McNamara is an excellent school & I would send my own children as well as recommend it to anyone I know.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 27, 2011

BMHS is a fantastic school!!!!! Their policies and procedures adhere to the safety and respect for each student! BMHS has strong disciplinary policies which are needed in a high school! As a parent, I value and commend these policies. These policies and procedures create caring and responsible young men and women at the end of their four years! This is a wonderful College Prep high school that prepares students to move on to major Universities and Ivy League schools well educated and with confidence. I have a sophomore who is currently in the top 10% of the class of 2013. She loves BMHS!!! From the minute she arrived, BMHS opened their arms and made her feel comfortable. It is truly Family! All of the faculty members have their student s best interest in mind. They strive to make sure that all students obtain what is needed to be successful. The main glue to this successful school is the President of BMHS. He is wonderful! He is amazing with the students and knows the majority of his students and parents by name!!!! He is committed to higher education for BMHS.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 25, 2010

This school is disgusting. Their practices and policies are an outrage. I would never, ever send a child of mine to this dishonorable place.

Posted October 28, 2009

BMHS is an excellent high school due to great teachers and administrators who consistently deliver a well rounded education to each child. The environment is high achieving while full of heart. The school has wonderful extracurriculars and the best spirit around. The music program is dynamic and renowned. My children are challenged and supported and they love going to school each day.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 23, 2009

Children are safe here. I have never experienced a school were every child is happy and proud about their school. Great academic atmosphere for learning. Incredible leadership team running this school.
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Posted December 12, 2008

My daughters, classes of 2006 and 2008, though they didn't graduate from there because we were transferred overseas, owe their success in college to the outstanding preparation they received at BMHS. Caring, knowledgeable teachers and wonderful dance, music, and theater programs as well as a wide variety of extra-curriculars.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 19, 2007

This school truly cares about its students and their potential. All students are welcome with open arms and open hearts and encouraged to be their best, no matter what their interests or capabilities. Excellent leadership and teacher caring are what makes this high school GREAT!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 8, 2006

This school is wonderful for diversity. The administration in recent years has been lacking focus but for the most part this is a wonderful high school. The extracurricular activites are fantastic.
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 15, 2005

This school is ethnically diverse, very well organized, and staffed with people who are dedicated to providing a good education rooted in christian beliefs. My son graduated from this school in 2004 and my daughter is currently attending. The curriculum is challenging and the teachers are creative in trying to convey the material. The teachers make themselves available to help the students after class if necessary. I have been extremely satisfied with this school and would highly recommend it to anyone.
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Posted April 25, 2005

Both my children (classes of 2003 and 2006) have truly been blessed by their time at BMHS. The teachers are committed to the students welfare, both mind and spirit. The administration goes the extra mile to make sure the kids know that they care. They are always there, for all the extracurricular events - even swim meets 50 miles away. The sports programs and theatre art programs are first rate. The academic programs are extensive and demanding,. as shown in the very high college acceptence rate every year. McNamara graduates do well in college.
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Posted December 9, 2004

I have 2 children attending BMHS. I only have praise for the school. The teachers are truly dedicated to the students. The students are encourage and expected to take responsibility for their action and education. It is a multicultural environment the teachers treat the students with respect. The principal is a great leader, he sets the example for his staff and his students, he expects the best and gives his best. He treats both staff and student with great respect and in return receives the same. BMHS is very dedicated to their student, whether your child is an A or a D student The faculty is there to help them succeed the best that they can. I can truly say we are bless to have found BMHS.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 28, 2004

My child graduated in 2003 and I was pleased with the education he received. The staff if very dedicated to the students. I have known teachers to make themselves available to help any student before school, lunch and after school. It is truelly a multicultural, family environment. My child has moved on and I continue to volunteer because, it's family.
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Posted September 1, 2003

An excellent multicultural high school that focuses on providing students with a well rounded educational opportunity. A great team of teachers, counselors and administrators who consistently demonstrate that the success and well being of the children is their number one priority. My son is entering his 4th year and we could not be happier with this institution.
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 61% 35%
Two or more races 16% 4%
White 16% 42%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 0%
Hispanic 2% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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6800 Marlboro Pike
Forestville, MD 20747
Phone: (301) 735-8401


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