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Bishop McNamara Catholic High School is dedicated to maximizing the potential of our students, spiritually, morally and intellectually through a community of service and love.


Founded upon traditional Catholic core values and principles, Bishop McNamara Catholic High School develops the moral conscience and maximizes the potential of each individual student within an innovative, safe, supportive, college preparatory environment.

Tuition Assistance

Bishop McNamara Catholic High School does all it can to make Catholic education affordable to everyone.
2015-2016 Tuition $7790
For the 2015-16 school year, over $750,000 of tuition assistance awarded to 57% of students

School Community

-325 students, 55% male, 45% female

- Average class size is 18.7

- 22% of students are legacy students having one or both parents as McNamara graduates

-Students from 23 towns and 26 schools in 3 counties

-46% of faculty holds advanced degrees

- Average years of experience for teachers is 21.4

- For athletics 31% are involved in 1 sport; 32 % are involved in 2 sports, 9% are involved in 3 sports.

-For the arts programs 7 % are involved in the Spring Musical; 10 % in the Instrumental Music Program

-Exchange students from three countries (China,Mexico and Norway)

-Racial mix is 6% Hispanic, 2% Asian, 10% African American, 4% mxed heritage and 78% Caucasion

Core Values

Based on a pervasive sense of family, Bishop McNamara Catholic High School believes in:


Bishop McNamara Catholic High School Graduate Profile

Graduates of Bishop McNamara Catholic High School are:

  • well-prepared to make wise and prudent choices as they pursue their individual, intellectual, moral and spiritual life journey;
  • positioned to succeed as a result of a strong work ethic and sense of individual purpose;
  • aware of the critical importance of connectedness, relationship building, and of giving back to their communities;
  • tolerant and respectful of the differences in others;
  • comfortable risk-takers who embrace the challenges and opportunities that their futures will bring;
  • servant leaders committed to making a difference in the world
  • curious critical thinkers and problem solvers who are intellectually competent and technologically savvy

 Class of 2015

-The Class of 2015 earned over $5,028,896 in college scholarships.

 - The Class of 2015 average composite  ACT Score was 23.5, significantly higher than the average ACT composite of any of the local public high schools

- The average ACT composite for the top 10% of the 2015graduates was 27.2

- 10% of our graduating seniors are designated Illinois State Scholars

- One National Merit Scholarship finalist



Campus Ministry

-Monthly prayer services and all school Masses

-Annual class retreats

-Over 18,867 hours of service performed by students in 2013-2014


-Advanced Placement (AP) classes in Spanish Language and Culture, English Literature and Composition, French Language and Culture, Calculus AB, Physics 1, Chemistry, Psychology, and United States History

-One to one laptop program for grades 10- 12

-Online student records system

 A minimum of 23 credits are required for graduation including:



4 credits


3 credits


3.5 credits


2 credits

Social Studies

2 credits

(Foreign Language, Art, and Vocational)

8.5 credits

60 hours of community service.


90 Years of Catholic Education

-Began as St. Patrick’s Parish High School in 1922 under the direction of the Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross
-In 1931, the Clerics of St. Viator assumed charge of St. Patrick Parish and joined the Sisters of Loretto in educating the students.
-In the early 1950’s the school was moved to its present location. No longer was it a parish school and the name changed to St. Patrick Central.
-During the 1964-65 school year a new addition was opened, and the name changed to Bishop McNamara High School in honor of the first bishop of the Joliet diocese who had been instrumental in the central school’s development.
-The Clerics of St. Viator administered the school until 1981, when, because of a growing shortage of priests, they had to discontinue their commitment.  However, Viatorian priest, Father Erwin Savela, was hired as principal of Bishop McNamara High School and continued in that position until 1988. 
-In 1990, the Order of St. Augustine assumed administration of the school.  After 10 years, once again because of the decreasing number of priests available, the Augustinians ended their contract with Bishop McNamara High School.
-In 2008, the word Catholic was added to the school name.


Bishop McNamara Catholic High School will be an indispensable resource for Catholic education, earning a coveted reputation within the Midwest by engaging each student and providing a superior balance of moral character, exceptional academic rigor, artistic excellence, and athletic achievement, within a cohesive family atmosphere.

Teacher Profile

With dedication to our school’s mission, a commitment to Christian excellence, and a clear vision of our identity and core values, a Bishop McNamara Catholic High School teacher will:

Be knowledgeable and well-qualified in subject matter

Be compassionate and caring

Be professional in work and deed

Be committed to the success of each and every student

Be an active participant in student life

Be an innovative instructor who blends new educational ideas with traditional values

Promote student engagement and active learning

Have high expectations and the dedication to help every student strive for excellence

Provide opportunity for students to be immersed in a technology rich environment

Be an avid learner who continually seeks ways to grow and improve professionally

Be positive in communication, discussion, and action both inside and outside of school

Be an ambassador for Bishop McNamara Catholic High School


  • Monday, July 4, 2016
    • Happy Independence Day!
    Friday, July 8, 2016
    • Irish Golf Classic


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550 West Brookmont  |  Kankakee, Illinois 60901  |  Phone: 815-932-7413  |  Fax: 815-932-0926

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