“We will always have STEM with us. Some things drop out of the public eye, but there will always be science, engineering, and technology. And there will always, always be mathematics.”
— Katherine Johnson, African-American mathematician —

Our dedicated science and mathematics teachers lead a next generation curriculum that equips students to explore cross-cutting concepts and gain the problem-solving skills to analyze and impact the issues affecting our communities, from climate change and public health, to the data and technologies solutions that change our world. Starting with a strong foundation in both science and math, our students are prepared to pursue Advanced Placement courses and electives they are passionate about.


State-of-the-Art Center for Environmental Studies


Acre Living Lab


Science Research Trips


STEM Clubs

Science Faculty
Timothy Newman, Science Department Chair

Tim has a BA in Biology from UC Berkeley and earned his MS at Cal State East Bay. He earned an MA in Education Therapy from Holy Names University and an MS in Science Education from Montana State University. He has been teaching at O’Dowd since 1991, where he loves to create unique curriculum for students to experience nature in its own classroom.

Mathematics and Computer Science
Carlos Trujillo, Math Department Chair

Carlos has a BA in Mathematics from UC Berkeley and an MA in Teaching from the University of San Francisco. Since 2011, he has taught O’Dowd students to approach math with a growth mindset, so they can approach life fearlessly pursuing their dreams and passions.