Bishop O Dowd High School

9500 Stearns Avenue
Oakland, CA 94605-0946
Tel: (510)577-9100
Grades: 9-12 | 1164 students
Bishop O'Dowd High School is an extraordinary community becasue it is a healthy, vibrant, morally uplifting, family-friendly center for college preparation and adolescent development. Its graduates are not only eligible for the University of California and Ivy League schools, but universally report that they are "over prepared" for rigorous universities and the complex social and moral environments of college and beyond.
At O'Dowd, students engage in some of the finest and most inclusive athletic, co-curricular, and visual and performing arts programs in California.
O'Dowd's environmental science, speech and debate, and student support programs are without peer and the student community, renowned for its warmth and appreciation of all kinds of minds, will bring life-long friendships and great joy.
We truly believe that a complete education requires a foundational emphasis on the moral and spiritual dimensions of student lives.
These foundations in the family and supported in school, determine the quality of human beings we so need for the future.
Please visit our school to see for yourself how an O'Dowd education can prepare your daughters and sons for the world in which they will live throughout this century, and perhaps even the next.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Learning Differences of all types subject to our ablity to accomodate each student
Year Founded 1951

Student Body

Total Students 1164 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Bishop O Dowd High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 70 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 17:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 25 students
Number of AP Courses 17 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Average SAT score 1709
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(Polo shirt and neatness and modesty requirements. Blue jeans allowed)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Dec. 6 / Mar. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $14,870
Tuition Notes Students purchase or lease a HP Spectre laptop, complete with e-books that is serviced at Bishop O\\\'Dowd for the 4 years. Or they may bring their own approved laptop.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $6,000
Admissions Director Tyler Kreitz
Admissions Associate Lys Pence


Total Sports Offered 15 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water PoloBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Water Polo

School Notes

  • On the high school journey, each student will have the guidance of our exceptional faculty, personal and college counselors, campus ministers, coaches, activity moderators, and administrators, who are at the forefront of preparing each student for a dynamic 21st century world. We focus on each student's personal and moral growth, college and career choices, how students learn, and we provide excellent teaching and world-class technology and software to assist in that learning. Together these resources and services will allow students to pursue what they love and reward them with the exhilaration of true excellence. In this way we achieve our purpose; to graduate even more exemplary citizens who will transform society with their values, intelligence, skills, and leadership as they seek to find God in all things.

Profile last updated: 10/04/2015

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This school prepared my child to go onto college very well. We are very pleased with Bishop O''Dowd. We will be sending our youngest to BOD also.
- Posted by Parent, 04/25/13
I believe this school should extend applications and offer sport scholarships to new student amatuer or experienced.
- Posted by Student/Alumni, 06/01/12

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