Bishop O Dowd High School

  • 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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMilk Learning Differences
Year Founded1951
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students1248 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
58%
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Bishop O Dowd High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers175 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
75%
Average Class Size25 students
Number of AP Courses25 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Average SAT score1230
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Polo shirt and neatness and modesty requirements. Blue jeans allowed)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 11 / Jan. 8
Yearly Tuition Cost$19,840
Tuition NotesBooks, Registration Fee, Computer and Uniform are not included in tuition.
% on Financial Aid
30%
Admissions DirectorKerryn Pincus Gallagher
Admissions AssociateMoire Bruin

Sports

Total Sports Offered15 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water PoloBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
FootballGolf,
LacrosseRugby,
SoccerSoftball,
SwimmingTennis,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Water Polo

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.22 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.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.

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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.
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