We have reached enrollment capacity for the class of 2021.

Admissions decisions are based on a comprehensive review of your child’s entire application.

TUITION ASSISTANCE STATEMENT: This year we continued to experience a steep increase in financial need amongst our applicant pool that exceeds our tuition assistance resources. If you have questions about receiving tuition assistance, please read the rest of this important tuition assistance statement »

International Applicants: We have reached capacity and are no longer accepting applications.

Transfer Applicants: We will have limited space for transfer applicants next year. If you would like to submit a transfer application, click here »


Throughout the year there are key steps, deadlines and events that are important to note for anyone considering O’Dowd. Please explore our Admissions calendar and print or note these dates on your calendar.

See our upcoming key Admissions steps, deadlines and events dates »

Upcoming Events


Saturday, April 29, 2017 9-11am

This event is for accepted incoming 9th graders (class of 2021).

2016 Admissions Movie


We know you have a choice where to send your child to high school. That’s why, since the schools founding in 1951, Bishop O’Dowd High School has been intentionally evolved into a institution of faith and academics that is distinct in the way that it educates and supports its students, preparing them to thrive academically and socially and to become important contributors to their communities. We invite you to come learn why you should consider O’Dowd »

Experience O’Dowd
Student Profile



We encourage you to get to know O’Dowd from a variety of perspectives. Attend any of our admissions events, enjoy our award-winning drama and music performances, visit our art show, attend an athletic event, or come enjoy our Harvest Festival and other school events. These popular events fill up quickly. We’re ready to help you with your high school decision.

See our Admissions Events »


The High School Placement Test (HSPT) is a standardized test administered to all students who wish to attend O’Dowd. The test is offered at specific times during the school year and is required. We also offer various prep workshops and practice exams.

For more information, click here »

Inquire & Visit Program

The 2016-2017 Visit Program is now closed.  8th graders who are admitted to the Class of 2021 but were unable to join us for a visit  this year, will be offered an opportunity to tour campus prior to the registration due date in March.

Questions? Please contact admissions@bishopodowd.org.


If you think Bishop O’Dowd High School is for your child, we welcome and support your application process. There are several key steps and dates of which to be aware, so please review the information below before applying. Our Admissions staff is always available to help at any time. Just ask.

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Transfer students


We understand that parents naturally have questions about the financial implications of attending Bishop O’Dowd High School. Maintaining accessibility is a goal we take seriously and we offer tuition assistance for worthy students with a demonstrated financial need.

Learn more about O’Dowd tuition »

International Students »intnl4_740x540

At Bishop O’Dowd High School, students from around the world participate in all facets of school life while learning about American culture. International students further develop their English fluency, experience a well-rounded, rigorous and diverse curriculum, and challenge themselves to become contributing global citizens. Engaging in service learning, student-run clubs, sports, and the arts provide our international students with a full immersion experience. And we fully support all students from abroad with after-school ESL and tutoring programs specifically set up to address core academic needs. Learn more »


STAFF and Contact

Our Admissions staff is available to answer all your questions about our application process. Don’t hesitate to contact us.

O’Dowd Admissions Office

Kerryn Pincus Gallagher, Director of Admissions
(510) 577-9100 Ext. 603

Moire Bruin, Associate Director of Admissions
(510) 577-9100 Ext. 333

Tricia Bevilacqua, Admissions Assistant
(510) 577-9100 Ext. 253