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2019-2020 PROFILE 6800 Marlboro Pike • Forestville, MD • 20747-3270 (301) 735-8401 • (301) 735-0934 (fax) • School Code: 210532

ADMINISTRATION Marco J. Clark, ’85, Ed. D. President/CEO Dian Carter Principal Reginald Brady Assistant Principal, Student Life Charles M. Shryock IV Assistant Principal, Academics Herman Gloster ’96 Dean of Students - Grades 9 and 10 Laura Keller Dean of Students - Grades 11 and 12

COUNSELING STAFF Alicia Oglesby Director of School & College Counseling; Counselor Phone: 301.735.8401, ext. 140 Email: Shamelle Yemofio Assistant Director of College Counseling; Counselor Phone: 301.735.8401, ext. 144 Email: Ashley M. Mickey Counselor Phone: 301.735.8401, ext. 145 Email: Michael J. Jones ’96 Counselor Phone: 301.735.8401, ext. 143 Email: Tia Bell Counselor; Project PRIDE Director Phone: 301.735.8401, ext. 146 Email: Lauren Jackson Registrar Susanne Mendiola Administrative Assistant

ADMISSIONS Vincent Harrington ‘09 Director of Admissions Deanna Warnock Assistant Director of Admissions

Education is the art of bringing young people to completeness.

Blessed Basil Anthony Moreau, Founder, Congregation of Holy Cross

BMHS MISSION To educate hearts and minds in a dynamic, inclusive Catholic school community rooted in the Holy Cross tradition.

BMHS VISION Empowered leaders, inspired by the Gospel, transforming the world.

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 Congregation of Holy Cross are entrusted with the stewardship of the vision of Blessed Basil Moreau. These institutions employ their resources in partnership with students, parents, guardians, and other members of the wider community. Fr. Moreau wrote, “society has a greater need for people of values than it has for scholars,” and “positive values influence knowledge and put it to good use.” Therefore, at Bishop McNamara High School, 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 that they do, and to be servantleaders 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.

BMHS GRADUATE PROFILE Academic Excellence • Think creatively and critically, ask thoughtprovoking questions, and solve problems concerning local, national, and international issues • Collaborate and communicate clearly using academic, technological, and personal skills to embrace the opportunities and challenges of an interconnected world

Faith and Morals • Exhibit self-awareness and understanding of personal faith as they develop a personal relationship with God • Embody strong morals to face difficult decisions and to act in a manner which reflects an understanding of the dignity God affords all people

Service and Justice • Empathize with others and value service as a personal commitment and a social responsibility • Exercise charity modeled by the ethics of Christ to the poor and marginalized

Formation of Self • Gain appreciation for a broad range of disciplines and the opportunity to excel and succeed in their personal passions whether that is academics, athletics, or the arts, to develop their sense of self and continue to evolve as life-long learners • Cultivate 21st century skills and a healthy lifestyle by understanding moderation and discipline in all things such as organization, nutrition, and exercise

Transformation of Society • Appreciate cultures other than their own • Embrace differences in culture and use this knowledge to better find their role in the global community and to develop their identity

Sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross, Moreau Province

2019-20 New Grading Scale Grade

Numerical Equivalent



College Prep


A B+ B C+ C D F

100 - 90 89 - 87 86 - 80 79 - 77 76 - 70 69 - 65 64 - 00

4.0 3.5 3.0 2.5 2.0 1.0 0.0

4.5 4.0 3.5 3.0 2.5 1.5 0.0

2016-19 Grading Scale

Grade Point Average (GPA) Advanced Placement 5.0 4.5 4.0 3.5 3.0 2.0 0.0

Letter Percent College Honors A.P. Prep A 100-93 4.00 4.50 5.00 A- 92-91 3.67 4.17 4.67 B+ 90-88 3.33 3.83 4.33 B 87-85 3.00 3.50 4.00 B- 84-82 2.67 3.17 3.67 C+ 81-79 2.33 2.83 3.33 C 78-75 2.00 2.50 3.00 C- 74-70 1.67 2.17 2.67 D 69-65 1.00 1.00 1.00 F 64-0 0.00 0.00 0.00

CURRICULUM ENGLISH Advanced Creative Writing American Literature AP English Language and Composition AP English Literature and Composition Black Lit Matters: An Introduction to African American Literature Broadcast Journalism Contemporary Film & Criticism Creative Writing English 9, 10, 11 & 12 Expository Writing Workshop Freshman Gateway Seminar Journalism 1 Journalism 2, 3, & 4* Literature & Composition* Rhetoric* Yearbook Journalism MATHEMATICS Algebra 1* Algebra 1 Lab Algebra 2* Algebra 3 AP Calculus AB AP Calculus BC AP Statistics Calculus* Functions and Trigonometry Geometry* Geometry/Trigonometry, Honors Honors Advanced Pre-Calculus Honors Statistics Personal Finance Pre-Calculus* SCIENCE Anatomy & Physiology* AP Biology AP Chemistry AP Physics 1 AP Physics C Astronomy Aviation Biology* Chemistry* Conceptual Physics* Environmental Science Food Science Forensic Science Physics Zoology SOCIAL STUDIES African American Studies AP European History AP Government & Politics AP Psychology AP U.S. History

Economics Global Studies* Government & Politics* Introduction to Special Education Psychology United States History* U.S. Civil & Human Rights 1 & 2 Western Civilization* Women’s Studies MODERN & CLASSICAL LANGUAGES American Sign Language 1, 2, & 3 AP French Language and Culture AP Spanish Language and Culture AP Spanish Literature and Culture Arabic 1, 2, & 3, Honors French 1, 2, 3, & 4* Honors Spanish Literature Latin 1, 2, 3, & 4, Honors Spanish 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5* THEOLOGY Holocaust Peer Ministry Philosophy of Power & Privilege Philosophy of Religion Service Learning Theology 9 Theology 10 Theology 11 Theology 12 FINE ARTS Acting* Advanced Acting Advanced Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Lyrical Advanced Digital Art Advanced Drawing* AP Studio Art: 2D Design Beginner Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Lyrical Beginner/Intermediate Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Lyrical Chamber Choir, Honors Chorale Color Concert Band* Concert Choir* Dance 1, 2, 3, & 4* Digital Art Digital Photography Drawing Graphic Design Great Stages of Drama Intermediate/Advanced Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Lyrical Introduction to Theatre Jazz Ensemble Jazz Lab

Music Appreciation & Discovery Music Theatre Repertoire Music Theory Musical Production* Musical Theatre Production Cast Musical Theatre Production Crew Pep Band Percussion Ensemble Pit Crew Pit Orchestra* Sankofa Company* Show Choir Spring Theatre Production String Orchestra* Symphonic Band* Tap 1, 2, 3, & 4 Theatre Tech A: Sets, Lights Theatre Tech B: Sound, Costumes Traditional African Dance & Music 1, 2, 3, & 4 Vocal Jazz Ensemble Wind Ensemble* Health & Physical Education Active for Life Archery & Target Games Health Lifetime Sports Personal Fitness 1 & 2 Physical Education 1 & 2 Sports Medicine Walking for Wellness Women’s Fitness TECHNOLOGY & Engineering AP Computer Science Principles Cisco Network Administration 1 & 2* Computer Applications Computer Programming Digital Making Foundations of Engineering Introduction to Computer Science Introduction to Computer Science Principles Introduction to Cybersecurity Introduction to Networks Making Lab: Create, Hack, Play Robotics Video Game Design Web Design TESTING Freshmen: PSAT 8/9 Sophomores: PSAT, AP Juniors: PSAT/NMSQT, AP Seniors: SAT, ACT, and AP -------------------------------------------- AP = Advanced Placement * = Honors credits available

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS English 4.0 Mathematics 4.0 Science 3.0 Social Studies 4.0 Modern & Classical 2.0 Languages Theology* 4.0 Fine Arts 1.0 Health & Physical Education 1.0 Technology & Engineering 1.0 Gateway Seminar 0.5 Electives 1.5 Total

26 credits

*Including service hours each year. Please note that community service hours are required in all years at Bishop McNamara High School.

FACULTY Staffed by Lay Faculty Average Teaching Experience: Bachelor’s Degree: Advanced Degrees:

14 yrs 100% 58%

ENROLLMENT Total Students: Average Class Size: Student/Faculty Ratio:

860 18 10:1


HONORS Summa Cum Laude: Recognizes those students who achieve a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.900 and above. Magna Cum Laude: Recognizes those students who achieve a GPA of 3.750 to 3.899. Cum Laude: Recognizes those students who achieve a GPA of 3.500 to 3.749. Dean’s List: Recognizes those students who achieve a GPA of 3.250 to 3.499.

CLASS RANK A ranking based on every student’s cumulative grade point average is computed at the end of the sixth, seventh, and eighth semesters based on the final grade in all subjects with extra weight given to Honors and Advanced Placement classes.

COURSE SCHEDULE The school year is divided into four nine-week quarters. Bishop McNamara follows a block schedule with alternating block days of four classes meeting 75 minutes each.

ACCREDITATION • Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (2014) • Approved by the Maryland State Department of Education • Member of the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA)

HOLY CROSS SERVICE The Holy Cross Service Program is an integral part of student life at Bishop McNamara. As a school community we look to our students to live as Christ did, “feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, offering hospitality to the homeless, caring for the sick and visiting the imprisoned.” Students experience service as a formative process, not simply as a requirement to be met.










10 12


Organization of choice for justice and equality

20 30

CAMPUS MINISTRY The Campus Ministry Department strives to carry out the vision of Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C. “to make God known, loved, and

served” by fostering the spiritual formation and transformation of the entire Bishop McNamara community. The five areas of focus are retreats, peer ministry, liturgy, service, and mission. The retreat program is responsible for assisting our community in coming to know Jesus Christ. Through schoolwide liturgies and other forms of prayer, campus ministry helps students to come to know God. Campus ministry provides opportunities for students to love and serve the Lord by helping the poor and marginalized.

PEER MINISTRY This senior Theology Studies course enables students to build self-awareness, become a mentor for 9th grade students, develop a spirituality based on contemplation and action, and investigate, both spiritually and academically, the roles of service and leadership in Christianity and Catholicism. Students serve as retreat leaders and peer mentors to the entire community.

FINE ARTS The Fine Arts Department at Bishop McNamara High School offers one of the most extensive arts programs in the Washington, D.C. area. Classroom instruction is offered in music, dance, art and theater. Students also have a spectrum of performance options, including jazz, orchestra, and band ensembles, theatrical productions, student art exhibits, ballet, tap, and traditional African music and dance.

FINE ARTS DIPLOMA ENDORSEMENT (FADE) This program serves to refine students’ talent 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.

ATHLETICS Bishop McNamara maintain a proud tradition of athletics in the highly competitive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) at the varsity, junior varsity, and freshman levels. We expect our athletes, coaches, and fans to display the highest standards of sportsmanship and selfdiscipline. The Athletic Department at Bishop McNamara seeks to educate the whole person, not just the athlete. As an extension of the classroom, athletics at Bishop McNamara seeks to instill Christian values on the playing field, in the classroom, and in the community.

COUNSELING The Counseling Center offers a comprehensive, developmental program that meets the personal, social, emotional, academic, college, and career development needs of each student. Our professional counselors provide support in a warm, inviting, and safe environment where students are always welcome and important. We provide services to maximize students’ potential and achievement while fostering the independence and self-expression required for life long learning. In partnership with teachers, administrators, parents, and guardians, school counselors assist students as they learn to be effective problem solvers, responsible decision-makers, and critical thinkers who will become independent, productive members of society. Personal, college, and career counseling provides students with the tools necessary to grow spiritually and personally while preparing for life after high school.

CLASSES OF 2015-2019 COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY ACCEPTANCES Albright College American University Amherst College Anne Arundel Community College Arizona State University Auburn University Barnard College Barry University Baylor University Beloit College Benedict College Bennett College Berklee College of Music Bethune-Cookman College Boston College Boston University Bowie State University Bowling Green State University Bridgewater College Brown University Bryn Mawr College Bucknell University Canisius College Carleton College Carnegie Mellon University Case Western Reserve University Catawba College The Catholic University of America Christopher Newport University Clark Atlanta University Clarkson University Clemson University Coastal Carolina University College of Charleston College of the Holy Cross College of New Rochelle College of Southern Maryland The College of William & Mary Columbia College in Chicago Columbia University Coppin State University Cornell University Dartmouth College Delaware State University Denison University DePaul University DeSales University Drexel University Duke University Duquesne University Eastman School of Music Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Elon University Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Emerson College Emory University Eugene Lang College, New School for the Arts Fairleigh Dickinson University Ferrum College Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Florida Institute of Technology Florida International University Florida State University Fordham University Frostburg State University George Mason University Georgetown University The George Washington University Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia State University Gettysburg College Goucher College

Greensboro College Hamilton College Hampden-Sydney College Hampton University High Point University Hofstra University Hollins University Holy Cross College, Indiana Hood College Howard University Immaculata University Indiana University of Pennsylvania Iona College Ithaca College Jacksonville University James Madison University The Johns Hopkins University Johnson and Wales University Johnson C. Smith University Kent State University King’s College La Salle University Lincoln University Longwood University Louisiana State University Loyola University, Maryland Loyola University, New Orleans Lycoming College Lynchburg College Manhattan College Marist College Marquette University Marshall University Mary Baldwin College Marymount University Massachusetts Institute of Technology McDaniel College Mercyhurst College Miami University (Ohio) Michigan State University Middlebury College Montgomery College Morehouse College Morgan State University Mount Saint Mary’s College & Seminary Mt. Holyoke College Muhlenberg College New Jersey Institute of Technology New York University Notre Dame of Maryland University Norfolk State University North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University North Carolina Central University North Carolina State University North Carolina Wesleyan College Northeastern University Northwestern University Oberlin College Occidental College The Ohio State University Ohio University Old Dominion University Pace University Peabody Conservatory of Music The Pennsylvania State University Pratt Institute Prince George’s Community College Purdue University Radford University Randolph-Macon College Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rochester Institute of Technology Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey Saint Augustine’s College Saint Francis University Saint Joseph’s University Saint Leo University Saint Peter’s University Salisbury University Savannah College of Art & Design Seton Hall University Seton Hill University Shenandoah University Shepherd University Shippensburg University Siena College Smith College South Carolina State University Southern Methodist University Spelman College St. Bonaventure University St. Edward’s University St. John’s University St. Mary’s College of Maryland St. Vincent College State University of New York, Albany Stetson University Stevenson University Stonehill College Stony Brook University, State University of New York Susquehanna University Syracuse University Temple University Tennessee State University Texas A&M University Texas Christian University Towson University Trinity Washington University Tulane University Tuskegee University United States Air Force Academy United States Military Academy (West Point) United States Naval Academy University of Akron University of Alabama University of the Arts University of Central Florida University of Charleston University of Cincinnati University of Colorado, Boulder University of Connecticut University of Dallas University of Dayton University of Delaware University of Georgia

University of Mary Washington University of Maryland, Baltimore County University of Maryland, College Park University of Maryland, Eastern Shore University of Miami University of New Haven The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill The University of North Carolina at Charlotte The University of North Carolina at Greensboro The University of North Carolina at Pembroke The University of North Carolina at Wilmington University of Notre Dame University of Pennsylvania University of Pittsburgh University of Richmond University of Rochester University of San Diego University of San Francisco The University of Scranton University of South Carolina University of Southern California The University of Tampa University of Toledo University of Virginia Vanderbilt University Vassar College Villanova University Virginia Commonwealth University Virginia Military Institute Virginia State University Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Virginia Union University Virginia Wesleyan University Wake Forest University Washington and Jefferson College Washington College Washington University in St. Louis Wellesley College West Virginia University West Virginia State University Wheeling Jesuit University Widener University Williams College Winston-Salem State University Xavier University (Ohio) Xavier University of Louisiana York College of Pennsylvania

GRADUATION PROFILE - CLASS OF 2019 4-YEAR COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES 90% Public: 56% Independent: 22% Catholic: 12%


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