BMCHS Hurricanes Q & A
How do I apply to be a Hurricane?
Simply pick up an application packet from the school, or download one from www.bmchs.com. Complete the application paperwork and return it to BMCHS with your application fee.
Our Director of Admissions works with each family during the admissions process. To contact, email Mary Blenke, Director of Enrollment or call (727) 857-2600 Ext. 244.
Can I come for a tour?
Absolutely! We encourage each prospective family to arrange a campus tour to see everything from our science labs and gym to our dining hall and the sound and lighting booth of the Eleanor Dempsey Performing Arts Center.
Is financial assistance available?
YES, financial assistance is available, and we have a Variable Rate Tuition. In addition, there is assistance available from the Diocese of St. Petersburg, the Mary C. Forbes and the Catholic Foundation. Bishop McLaughlin also accepts Step Up for Students and McKay Scholarships.
How do I get my books and uniforms once I have been accepted?
Uniforms are arranged and supplied through Risse Brothers (727) 448-0357 or rissebrothers.com. Information on ordering your books will be managed through MBS Direct and a link to their site can be found on our web page, under Parent tab at the top of the page and is titled “Bookstore”.
What about lunches?
Students can bring a lunch or purchase one. Our Dining Hall provides the option of a full hot lunch or cold lunch each day.
What time does the school day begin and end?
The school day begins with morning assembly at 8:00 a.m. with students being released from class at 2:45 p.m. Bus transportation departs the school at 3:30 p.m. Each Wednesday, the school is dismissed at 2:00 p.m., with the bus departing at 2:30 p.m. on that day each week.
What sports teams are available?
We are participating members in the FHSAA 3A athletic program: Girls’ Volleyball; Boys’ Football; Cross-Country; Golf; Swimming; Boys’ Basketball; Girls’ Basketball; Boys’ Soccer; Girls’ Soccer; Boys’ Baseball; Girls’ Softball; Cheerleading, Tennis and Track & Field. There are JV Teams for Volleyball, as well as for Boys’ Baseball and Boys’ Basketball.
How do we incorporate Technology at BMCHS?
We provide our students with a comprehensive, and challenging academic environment, with access to the latest educational resources. Our collective goal at Bishop is to be at the forefront of this technological revolution in the field of education. We have implemented a one to one laptop program in which each student has his or her own Chromebook. Every student has the same access to productivity tools and learning instruments as well as the latest in computer software, instructional resources and high-speed Internet at any time and from anywhere in the school.
Chromebooks enable students to have digital “text” books and note taking applications, which ensure organizational skills and ease of access to resources. Teachers also use “whiteboard” and are able to display their lessons and engage the students’ interest and active learning.
How is Faith integrated with Learning?
Our beautiful chapel is a place where we take time to pray and gather in God’s name. Masses are held on a regular basis afterschool, as well as prayer services and periodic confessions. The faith that Catholic children practice in their parishes is continued and enhanced at Bishop through worship, retreats, community service learning programs and multiple religious activities. This year, for example, over 45 students and chaperones traveled to Washington D.C. for March for Life. Our students learn not to be content with the little things, because a real and lived experience of faith, knowledge, hope and charity constantly enlarges their souls.
What clubs and activities are available?
A few of the clubs and activities are SGA (student government), NHS and honor societies for Art, Spanish, Mathematics, Rho Kappa, Quill and Scroll, etc., Yearbook, STEM Club, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), Key Club, Teen Court, Student Ambassadors, Peer Ministry, Show Choir and Drama. (more available!) These opportunities provide many areas to be involved!