claire_740x540Our Students: Claire Kelly ‘17

There was always enough to get by until Claire’s father suddenly passed away when she was in eighth grade and preparing to take the High School Placement Test at O’Dowd. Claire’s mom worried that she would not be able to send Claire to O’Dowd, following in the footsteps of her father and two siblings. “Financial aid was that extra push that enabled me to attend O’Dowd,” said Claire. “Attending O’Dowd has made a great difference in my life. I feel like I’m a better student, and that my faith and relationship with God is stronger due to religion classes and Mass. I really feel it’s been a life-changing experience.”

Adrian DavisOur Students: Adrian Davis ’19

Adrian Davis ’19 is a hard-working, confident, loving person who is doing his best to follow his dreams. And because of financial aid, Adrian is well on his way to realizing those dreams.

As a freshman, Adrian took Honors English while at the same time excelled on the varsity golf team, helping lead the Dragons to a league championship and a spot in the North Coast Section playoffs. “Though I really struggled in English during the second semester, and even thought about giving up, I learned I could persevere,” he said.

Without financial aid, Adrian likely couldn’t have attended O’Dowd. “My older sister went to O’Dowd for two years, but my parents couldn’t afford it any longer,” he said. “I’m able to take advantage of all the great opportunities at O’Dowd because of financial aid. And I don’t have to worry about my family being under such financial struggle.”

The school’s emphasis on sustainability and the environment resonates with Adrian. “It shows that the little things you do every day can impact your environment for years to come,” he said.

Adrian believes what makes O’Dowd so special is the strong sense of community. “I really like the fact that a bunch of people from different backgrounds can still get along despite any differences they might have,” he said. “It’s really like a big family here that just wants to see everybody do great. That’s why I really enjoy coming to school every day.”

Looking to the future, Adrian hopes to play professional golf. “I really enjoy the sport and I feel like I can excel at it if I keep working hard. Outside of golf, I aspire to help others and just be an overall good person,” he said.

Ruby Perez

Our Students: Ruby Perez ’18

The president of Latinos Unidos, Ruby has starred in several O’Dowd productions, including One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and A Chorus Line, all the while maintaining a 3.5 cumulative grade point average.

She’s eagerly embraced other opportunities offered at O’Dowd, like playing rugby, serving as a Dragon Ambassador, and attending the Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice, along with other O’Dowd students, in November 2015.

Ruby might not have had the chance to expand her horizons in such a big way had she not received financial aid to attend Bishop O’Dowd High School. With an older sister attending a Catholic college and a younger sister at a Catholic elementary school, Ruby’s hard-working parents shoulder three tuitions.

“Thanks to financial aid, I’m attending an amazing school and receiving an amazing education,” Ruby said. “What I’ve learned at O’Dowd is to just be yourself and take every single opportunity that is presented to you.”


Science Education

Science education at O’Dowd exemplifies the college preparatory nature of academics at O’Dowd –  dynamic, experiential, hands-on, outside and inside the classroom. These are just some of the many ways in which science is taught at O’Dowd.

By investing in O’Dowd, you invest in the college preparatory academics that ensure our students are more than ready for college and for creating positive change in their communities and the world.


O’Dowd’s over 65 year athletic tradition is defined by its commitment to the development of scholar athletes. With freshmen, junior varsity and varsity teams, 70% of all freshmen participate in a sport. O’Dowd has been consistently ranked in the top ten of nearly 200 North Coast Section independent and public schools for academic and athletic excellence, including achieving the #1 ranking and being recognized with the Elmer Brown Award.


Clubs & Activities

Clubs and leadership opportunities at O’Dowd abound, enabling students to develop their co-curricular interests in community with their peers as well as build vital leadership skills so needed in the world of today and tomorrow. Clubs fall into these categories: Academic/Social/Creative Expression; Community/Global Impact; Diversity/Global Awareness; Health/Well-Being.

In addition to a broad selection of student-run clubs, signature O’Dowd activities include: ASB/Class Officers; Campus Ministry Team; S-Corps (Sustainability); National Honor Society; Sports Captains; Dragon Ambassadors; Retreat Leaders: and Senior Philanthropy Officers.

Retreat opportunities are also offered at every grade level. The transformative nature of O’Dowd retreats opens students’ hearts towards themselves, their families, their communities and the world.

Investing in O’Dowd supports these programs and many more, supporting the formation of our students in support of the O’Dowd charism.