Academics at O’Dowd are designed to challenge the intellectual growth and capacity of our students and to prepare students for college success. Required coursework is complemented by a wide variety of electives. Freshmen take seven courses each semester. Placement tests ensure that students are placed into the correct level of courses.
Ninth and tenth grade students follow a core academic curriculum enhanced by courses in visual and performing arts. In addition to required courses, juniors and seniors choose from a wider range of elective offerings including Advanced Placement (AP) and honors course options as well as independent study. All students must enroll in a minimum of 30 units per semester.