Annual Admissions Events

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Student Visits: October, November and December Student Visits are full. We have limited space remaining in January.

Open House
November 5, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
6th through 8th grade families are welcome to attend!

Dragon Mornings: Admissions Information Sessions and Tours
Meet key O’Dowd staff and faculty, hear about O’Dowd from our current students, and tour campus. This event is best suited for 8th grade parents and students. Students who have already attended a school or student visit need not attend.

Dates and Times
Thursday, October 5, 9 – 11 a.m.
Friday, October 13, 9 – 11 a.m.
Thursday, October 26, 9 – 11 a.m.
Friday, December 1, 9 – 11 a.m.

Admissions Nuts and Bolts Parent Info Sessions
Wednesday, October 11 from 7 – 9 p.m. This session is full. 
Saturday, December 9 from 8:45 – 10 a.m. This session is full. 

Come and learn about the O’Dowd Admissions Process. How to apply, key dates and deadlines and what to expect.
This is an 8th grade Parents only event.

8th Grade HSPT Workshop is currently full. Contact Classroom Matters Tutoring Center in Berkeley for additional workshop information at their center.
Saturday, December 9 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Bishop O’Dowd High School
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January 20, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
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7th Grade Practice HSPT Exam
(7th grade students Only)
April 14, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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7th Grade Parent Admissions Info Session and Breakfast
April 14, 2018. 8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. in the Student Center and Annex

For all Admissions events dates and details, including the mandatory High School Placement Test dates and admissions deadlines, please view our Google calendar »


Some Catholic and Independent schools choose to bring their 8th grade classes to O’Dowd for an organized school visit. This experience allows us to provide each student with an opportunity to tour O’Dowd, visit multiple classrooms and interact more intentionally with our students.

View the Admissions calendar for schools that have scheduled visits »

Please also check with your school, teacher or principal.


Our Student Visit dates are currently full.

The O’Dowd Student Visit Program is designed specifically for current 8th grade students or incoming transfer students. We recognize the importance of choosing a high school and hope that a visit will help students for themselves if O’Dowd is the right fit. These student visits provide each student with an opportunity to visit two classrooms and meet fellow O’Dowd students. If your school has scheduled a school visit program, you will receive the same visit experience and do not need to sign up for an individual student visit.

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