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Discovery, Confidence, Self-Reflection, Competency

O’Dowd’s comprehensive and individualized counseling program encompasses every element of the student experience. Our robust team of diverse counselors build strong personal relationships with each incoming 9th grader and guide them all the way through graduation, supporting students to navigate their social, emotional, and academic journey, as well as their dreams and goals for the future. We understand that every student has their own unique background, needs, and aspirations, and we offer a developmentally focused curriculum that aids students in discovering their interests, strengths, purpose and goals, so they leave O’Dowd equipped to become the best version of themselves, and make the greatest contribution to their communities.

“Before O’Dowd, I didn’t see myself as a leader. But now I know how important it is to be part of something bigger than myself, how it feels to help others. In college, I’m going to study economics and political science. I want to be a progressive politician and give back to my community.”
- Sam, 12th Grade
Layered Support

Our Counseling Department offers a number of informative and educational programs for parents and guardians, supporting the whole family in navigating the college application process and future planning. We also partner closely with our Health and Wellness and Academic Support Departments, to ensure that every student receives the emotional and academic assistance they need to thrive at O’Dowd.

Documented Learning Differences & ADHD

We have specialized services and targeted accommodations for students from a broad spectrum of learning profiles. Our team-based approach ensures relevant referrals and consultations, accomodation for standardized tests, guidance for the college application/transition process, and additional study-skills, organization, and self-advocacy support as needed.


Guiding Students To the Best College For Them

Explore, Engage, Research, Apply
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College Admission List


Colleges Offering Admission to O’Dowd Students, 2020-2022
Fran Warmerdam, Director of Counseling 

Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Fran earned a BA from Santa Clara University and a MS in Clinical Counseling from Cal State Hayward. She is also a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Since 1985, Fran has been a thoughtful advocate for O’Dowd students and families. 

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