Bishop O’Dowd High School is a Catholic college-preparatory community, guided by the teachings of Jesus Christ, that educates its diverse student body to build a more just, joyful and sustainable world.

Our educational mission is rooted in our Catholic heritage and our success is built on the partnership of students, staff, parents, the community, and the Diocese of Oakland. O’Dowd’s academic, spiritual, and co-curricular programs develop exceptional graduates who communicate Christ to others and enrich society through Gospel values and the way in which they live their lives.


A “charism” is a gift of the Holy Spirit and a set of spiritually inspired core values. At O’Dowd, our inclusive charism, “Finding God in All Things” calls us to: community in diversity, strength of character, academic excellence, kinship with creation, social justice, and joy.

Each year, school and student leadership strive to achieve this vision of an O’Dowd community enlivened, challenged and animated by the spirituality and values of our charism. While giving preference to Catholics, we welcome students of all faiths who embrace our mission and contribute to it.
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Finding God in All Things Calls Us to:

Charism grid and link to Charism Guide pdf

Equity and Belonging Action Plan

Action Plan thumbnailThe ongoing social and racial reckoning in our nation called us to deeply reflect, refocus, and renew our commitment to equity, justice and belonging at O’Dowd to intentionally enact our mission and Charism. Today, we are happy to invite you to learn more about our ongoing work to ensure that all members of our community experience true belonging. View O’Dowd’s Equity and Belonging Action Plan.


Gender Justice at O’Dowd

Gender JusticsThe O’Dowd community is deeply committed to addressing the sexual misconduct, harassment, and assault that are all too prevalent and pervasive in our society. We are working with great care and vigilance to set high expectations among students to maintain a culture of respect and safety. And in doing this courageous work together, we enact our mission: to create a more just and joyful world.

Learn more about O’Dowd Gender Justice initiatives.