NCEA Monthly Feature School: Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Maryland

This article was contributed by L’oreal Edmondson, Director of Institutional Advancement at Bishop McNamara High School. 

Bishop McNamara High School, a Catholic high school in the Holy Cross tradition has been educating minds and hearts for the past 50 years. Our students are encouraged to ‘think with Christ’ – a thought animated by the Gospel, manifested in service and informed by academic excellence. Throughout our history we have striven to provide a well-rounded education that encourages activity and athleticism without sacrificing the quality of the mind. The college-preparatory curriculum we provide for our students encourages them to explore new ideas and advancing technology, making them better prepared for collegiate education. For our efforts on behalf of our students, both current and prospective, we have been voted “Best Private School” in Prince George’s County for the past three years in a row. Our continued commitment to providing the most cutting-edge and modern education possible for our students has inspired us to move forward with our Faith. Family. Future! Capital Campaign. One of the main projects of said campaign is to construct a new student center, which will feature more advanced technology and a MakerSpace, which will allow our students to broaden the impact of their ideas and projects beyond the walls of our school. Throughout all of this change, we maintain our legacy of being a Catholic high school. We begin each day and activity in prayer, and our service projects and trips take our students to various communities both local and international to provide help and hope to those in need.

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.