Finding God in all things calls us to community in diversity, strength of character, academic excellence, kinship with creation, social justice, and joy.


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Guiding Values



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Here are O'Dowd's SAT scores, ACT scores, matriculation to college and AP Courses.

Bishop O'Dowd High School Profile

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Current Enrollment: 1165

Average Class Size: 24

Graduates Who Attend College: 99% attend college, with 95% going to four year colleges: Between 55-60% of each graduating class is admitted to one or more UC campuses each year.

Ethnic Make-up of Students: African American 19%; Asian 12%; European-American 43%; Latino 12%; Middle Eastern 1% Native America 1% other 12%

International Students:3%

Spiritual Demographics Catholic 33%; Protestant 33%; Non-Denominational 33%

Campus Size:5 1/2 acres

President: Stephen Phelps, Ed.D

Principal: Pamela Shay, M.A.

Graduate Profiles

In 2013, over 99% of the graduating class enrolled in colleges and universities. 94% of the graduates enrolled in four-year colleges with 5% enrolling in two-year colleges. Each year graduates disperse to universities throughout the nation, from East Coast Ivy League schools to the outstanding universities in California. Typically about 33% choose a UC school, 40% attend Catholic, private, or other religious university, 22% enroll in the California State University system and 5% take advantage of our excellent Junior college system.

Signature Programs and Extracurricular Activities

AP Courses: 17
Athletics: 57 teams, 16 sports
Student clubs: 45+
Service Learning - Students spend a minium of 100 hours in community service by the time of graduation
The Center for Environment Studies
The Living Lab - a 4 1/2 acre student built vegetable and botanical garden

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