"The difference between you and success, is not that you never fail... it's how you recover from those failures- you keep getting up time and time again. You figure out what you did wrong, and make it right."
- Michelle Obama -
We offer a layered system of personalized resources to support all students with their academic performance. Our collaborative program includes structured communication between home and school, and a concerted case management approach that involves teachers, coaches, and counselors - all with the goal of making sure our Dragons succeed academically. Additionally, our robust drop-in tutoring program includes a staff of adult and peer tutors available for help across every subject.
O’Dowd Peer Tutoring
These subject-specific study groups are teacher-led, and meet before or after school. Students commit to a schedule of SMART Sessions for an entire semester.
For Dragons struggling with homework, projects, studying for tests, and understanding class concepts, Peer Tutoring connects you with a friendly, supportive, and professionally-trained student tutor who has an A or better in their subject matter.
Predominantly for 9th and 10th graders, Dragon Success students work closely with an academic coach who provides help transitioning into high school - including goal setting, organizational skills, time management, effective communication, and self-advocacy.
Support for Student-Athletes
Our student-athletes adhere to a demanding practice schedule while meeting the academic rigor of our college preparatory curriculum. While in season, student-athletes receive grade monitoring, home communication, and personal check-ins as needed
Catherine Harris, Director of Academic Support
With a BA in Mathematics from Claremont McKenna College, Catherine has been with O’Dowd since 2016. She loves to witness the “a-ha” moment when a tough academic concept finally clicks for a student.