Financial Aid

You can create positive change, one student at a time. Your gift to O’Dowd’s financial aid program provides the opportunity of an O’Dowd education to qualified and talented students who might otherwise not be able to afford it.


Transforming Lives Annual Fund

Your gift to the O’Dowd Transforming Lives Annual Fund supports our students and the programs that define and distinguish O’Dowd, and sustains the education and preparation of a new generation of leaders, empowered to create positive change in the world.  Transforming Lives helps provide:
  • Engaging academics and innovative classroom programs
  • Life-changing experiences, including service learning and retreats
  • Competitive compensation so we can attract and retain outstanding faculty
  • Student financial aid


Our Campus

Your investment in O’Dowd’s capital infrastructure ensures that our purpose-driven urban community is supported by the kind of physical spaces needed to offer so many enriching opportunities to our students.

Parent Pledge

O’Dowd parents are asked to make a four-year, tax-deductible parent pledge to Bishop O’Dowd High School. These parent pledges support an enriched high school experience for all students: dedicated and talented teachers; small class sizes; award-winning student programs including the arts, drama, debate, mock trial, and athletics; enriching campus ministry program; expanded counseling center and comprehensive academic support. In essence, you sustain the exciting daily life of your students. Tuition and fees cover 89 percent of the total cost to educate your student at O’Dowd. To help close this financial gap, O’Dowd expects all parents to make an annual tax-deductible $1,800 pledge on behalf of each child who attends O’Dowd. For more information click here »

Senior Gift

philanthropy_walkingThe Senior Class Gift is an opportunity for seniors and their parents to celebrate their four years at O’Dowd, show gratitude for the opportunities received, and ensure that an O’Dowd education remains exceptional and accessible to future generations. Meet the Class of 2018 Senior Philanthropy Team Our mission is to educate O’Dowd students about the importance of philanthropy on campus and to create an opportunity for seniors to express gratitude for their time at O’Dowd by paying it forward to the next generation of students. Give now to the Class of 2018 Senior Gift and become part of the tradition of giving back »



jaylaJayla Goler ’18 – Secretary – Jayla attended Julia Morgan School for Girls prior to O’Dowd and is a member of the Solidarity in Action Leadership team as well as the Black Student Union Executive Council.
“I chose to join the Senior Philanthropy Team because O’Dowd has given so much to me, including financial aid, without which I wouldn’t be at the school. Every student in the world deserves the opportunities that O’Dowd is willing to give-I felt that being on the receiving end wasn’t enough, and was compelled to do everything I could to give back as well.”



annaAnna Dubon ’18 – Communications – Anna is a member of the Solidarity in Action Leadership team and is a regular volunteer at the Oakland Elizabeth House.
“I am a Senior Philanthropy Officer because I love the idea of giving students the opportunity to experience all that O’Dowd has to offer. The Senior Class Gift is our opportunity to unite around a common cause and make O’Dowd a better place for generations to come”.



LukeLuke Ditzler ’18 – Treasurer – Luke is a member of the baseball and water polo varsity teams.
“The 2018 Senior Class Gift is our turn to leave a lasting mark on O’Dowd. From clubs to sports teams to the classroom, this school is responsible for so many special memories that enabled us to grow as individuals. The Senior Class Gift is our chance to give future generations the same opportunities.”



sabineSabine Schroepfer ’18 -Publicity-Sabine serves as a Captain of Student Ambassadors and is a member of the rugby team.
“For me, the Senior Gift is about recognizing what O’Dowd has given me. This school has granted me the opportunity to become a more confident student and leader and has supported me in pursuing my passion of science. I want to give other students the chance to learn and grow here because I have experienced the power of an O’Dowd education firsthand.”



kameelaKameela Hall ’18 – Committee Liason – Kameela plays volleyball and throws for the track team at O’Dowd. She is also part of the National Honors Society and National Society of High School Scholars.
“The 2018 Senior Class Gift not only gives back to O’Dowd, it gives the opportunity of a lifetime to numerous students who have a strong desire to experience first hand all that O’Dowd has to offer. As a philanthropy officer, I am able to represent and give back to such an exemplary school that has given to me so many resources that I will then take with me and use in life.”