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.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 1,248 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $19,840
  • Average class size: 25 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 11 / Jan. 8

Top Rankings

Bishop O Dowd High School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:

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School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Milk Learning Differences
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
1,248 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 48%
Students by Grade
Bishop O Dowd High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

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

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Dec. 11 / Jan. 8
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Books, Registration Fee, Computer and Uniform are not included in tuition.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director
Kerryn Pincus Gallagher
Admissions Associate
Moire Bruin



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
22 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Black Student Union, Campus Ministry, Debate Team, ECO Team, Latinos Unidos, Leadership Club, Mock Trial, Retreat Leaders

Arts and Music Programs:
Ceramics, Chorus, Digital Art, Digital Photography, Fine Arts Program, Jazz Band, Musical Theatre, Performing Arts, Photography, String Orchestra, symphonic band

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Cheerleading, Mountain Biking Club, Ultimate Frisbee Club

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.

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
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.
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I believe this school should extend applications and offer sport scholarships to new student amatuer or experienced.
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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 1,248 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $19,840
  • Average class size: 25 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 11 / Jan. 8

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The average private school tuition in Oakland, CA is $19,620 for elementary schools and $21,858 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Oakland, CA is 86% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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