Performance »

A beautiful 325-seat performing arts center is the centerpiece of O’Dowd’s commitment to both music and drama. If your student is interested in the theater or music, we offer many outstanding opportunities to participate in, or simply enjoy, our performances.

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Academic programs »

Our Debate and Mock Trial teams are an award-winning offering in O’Dowd’s academic extra-curricular offerings. Team members participate in both regional and national competitions, learning valuable life skills along the way.

Clubs »

No matter what your student’s interest, O’Dowd has a club for them. With more than 50, students can join a multitude of clubs that provide creative outlets for student expression, as well as opportunities for leadership and student development.

Learn more about clubs at O’Dowd »

Faith & Justice

In order to grow personally, intellectually and spiritually, Bishop O’Dowd High School provides students ample opportunities to learn through service to the wider community and time to explore their faith. From service learning and immersion programs focused on social justice to retreats and liturgies that grow and express a student’s relationship with God, our student body is continually developing their own expressions of faith and justice.

Environmental Programs »

Water testing in the living labO’Dowd has been celebrated for its multi-faceted commitment to sustainability. Inspired by Laudato Si (an environmental encyclical by Pope Francis) and The Canticle of California (a response to Laudato Si by the California Catholic Bishops), and conscious of increasing climate disruption, this commitment to sustainability is being renewed and re-fashioned more explicitly through the lens of Kinship with Creation.

Read about our Living Lab, Center for Environmental Studies, Sustainability on Campus, and how to get involved.

Leadership Development »

2021-22 CaptainsFrom student government to Student-Athlete Leadership and more, we can help students develop leadership traits that will help them succeed. Our fun, diverse programs let students explore a range of interests and demonstrate some of the values that are at the core of an O’Dowd education.