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Your participation in the Parent Pledge Program makes all the difference!


All families are asked to make a four-year, tax-deductible pledge to the Parent Pledge Program for each of their enrolled students. Your support helps to maintain an excellent O’Dowd education by bridging the gap between tuition and the actual cost to educate your student. Your pledge directly supports an enriched high school experience for your student by providing funding for:

  • Dedicated and talented teachers

  • Small class sizes

  • Campus improvement projects

  • Award-winning programs – such as Debate, Drama, Athletics, Living Lab

  • Enriching campus ministry program and leadership development opportunities

  • Expanded counseling center with student wellness programs and comprehensive academic support.

Your support is an integral part of our students’ success. Bishop O’Dowd High School is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit, Tax ID #94-1547088.

  • 9th Grade - Discover and Explore
    When students enter O’Dowd, our counselors help them adjust to high school, begin goal setting, and become self-advocates. Students also begin the important process of resume building: recording the narrative journey of their experience which they update through all four year at O’Dowd.
  • 10th Grade - Explore and Engage
    Counselors guide students in a self-reflective process that asks: Who do I want to be? What do I want to explore? To support future planning, students attend our “Getting Ready for College'' and “College Fair” events. In addition, students learn time management and stress reduction strategies, and prepare for the PSAT.
  • 11th Grade - Engage, Research, and Plan
    As students enter their junior year, our counselors lead them through still deeper futures planning. Students in this phase start to differentiate themselves, asking: Who AM I? Who do I want to become? Throughout the year, our counselors support students to understand the college admissions process (including financial aid), begin to research colleges of interest, attend “Career Day,” and also engage in other key preparation, including taking the PSAT and creating a comprehensive high school resume.
  • 12th Grade - Plan, Apply, Choose and Celebrate
    When they reach their senior year, students work closely with their counselors to discern which next steps are right for them, which could range from traditional college to alternative pathways, including a gap year. Counselors guide students in their college applications, including advising on essays, financial aid, gathering letters of recommendation, and NCAA registration. In addition, the Counseling Department hosts a series of programs just for seniors, including a series of required College Flex Supports, our Essay Writing Workshop, Senior and Family College Night, and drop-in Flex Supports.
Pledge FAQ
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