Situated in the Oakland Hills, overlooking the San Francisco Bay, Bishop O’Dowd High School reflects the diversity and pursuit of excellence for which this region of California is known. With a reputation for academic excellence, expansive programming and college preparatory rigor, we attract applicants from the East Bay and beyond who strive to create positive change within themselves, their communities and in the world. Guided by our mission and charism which is rooted in our Catholic heritage, the broad and deep academic and co-curricular program ensures each student’s intellectual, moral and personal growth.
The academic curriculum at O’Dowd equips students to be engaged learners and citizens, highly prepared for college and beyond. The curricular offering includes: 25 AP and honors level courses, a rich humanities and arts program, a comprehensive and state of the art science and technology curriculum, and a focus on sustainability (for more detail on the curricular offering, review the current course catalogue). Opportunities for students to participate in leadership, environmental stewardship, peer ministry, service learning and social justice activities abound. Comprehensive counseling and health and wellness services support students’ well-being as they prepare for their futures. Whether through academics, athletics, clubs or other co-curricular pursuits, students find joy in learning and developing in a supportive and caring environment.
We invite you to visit O’Dowd and to peruse these information-rich pages, where we strive to make the admissions process as simple and informative as possible. From learning about whether O’Dowd is right for your child, to the application process and through to acceptance, our dedicated Admissions team is eager to help.
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