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"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
Our Programs
SMART Sessions

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. ​

Peer Tutoring


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.

Peer Tutoring
Dragon Success 


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

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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.

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