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Number of Students

1,165 (2% international)

SAT Average


Accepting Students in Grades


Bishop O'Dowd High School

Private Day School – Oakland , California

Bishop O’Dowd High School is a private Catholic high school, that has been preparing young men and women for the future since 1951. The school’s challenging college prep curriculum includes Advanced Placement (AP), honors courses in 19 subjects, art and drama departments, a nationally renowned environmental science program, and five foreign languages. Thanks to Bishop's invigorating programs, over 99 percent of Bishop O’Dowd graduates go on to enroll in colleges and universities in California and across the nation.

Currently the school is in the process of completing a remodel of the academic facilities. This includes a Center for Environmental Studies, a state-of-the-art teaching space located in a 4.5-acre Living Lab that will feature two indoor science laboratory/classrooms, an outdoor classroom and a dedicated space for planning, research and experimentation. Technology is fully integrated on campus with easy access to internet and laptops in all classrooms.

Sports and Arts
Bishop O’Dowd earned the most points of all schools in the league they compete with in the fall, winter and spring sports seasons in the 2015/16 school year. Students are also encouraged to pursue their passion of art in courses, such as symphonic band, interactive design, multimedia, and a theater.

Community Information
Oakland is a major West Coast port city in northern California - the third largest in the Bay Area with a population of almost 350,000. One of the most culturally and ethnically diverse cities in the nation, Oakland is a mix of urban and residential neighborhoods with exciting and diverse architecture, a bustling waterfront, 19 miles of bay shoreline, parks, dining and a vast array of cultural activities. Oakland is located only 20 minutes across the Bay from San Francisco.

Area Population: 340,000
City Website: City of Oakland

Estimated Fall Start Date: Late August
Estimated Fall End Date: Late January

Estimated Spring Start Date: Early January
Estimated Spring End Date: Mid-June

Campus Ministry
All students participate in school and class liturgies, service projects, and student retreats throughout their four years. Each class has its own Campus Ministry Council, and the Campus Ministry Program provides intense immersions for students wishing to do service in other cultures.

School Facts

Year Founded


Student Population


Number of Students

1,165 (2% international)

Accepting Students in Grades


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Average Class Size


ESL Programs


IB Programs


Offer Diploma


School Uniform


Campus Size

7 Acres

Religious Affiliation


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Foreign Languages

  • Chinese
  • French
  • Spanish

University Acceptance Rate



  • Band
  • Ceramics
  • Chorus
  • Computer Art
  • Drama Workshop
  • Drawing and Design
  • Instrumental Ensemble
  • Interactive Design
  • Jazz Band
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • String Orchestra
  • Symphonic Band
  • The Art of Film and Video

AP Courses

  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science Principles
  • English Literature and Composition
  • Environmental Science
  • French Language and Culture
  • Human Geography
  • Macroeconomics
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language and Culture
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • US Government and Politics
  • US History


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country Running
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Waterpolo

Extracurricular Activities & Clubs

  • Anime
  • Asian Student Alliance
  • Black Student Union
  • Book Club
  • Computer Gaming
  • Debate
  • Drum Circle
  • Environmental
  • Equestrian
  • Filipino
  • French
  • Hip Hop Appreciation Club
  • Junior State of America (JSA)
  • Latinos Unidos
  • Mathletes
  • National Honor Society
  • Ping Pong
  • Robotics
  • Ski
  • Zumba Club

School Location

Partial List of College and University Acceptances

American University, Boston College, Boston University, Cambridge University, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Emerson College, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Hofstra University, Johns Hopkins University, Northeastern University, Pepperdine University, Princeton University, Purdue University, Stanford University, Syracuse University, Tufts University, Tulane University, University of California, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, Vassar College, Wheaton College, Yale University

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Closest International and Local Airports: San Francisco International Airport (SFO),Oakland International Airport(OAK)
For Details Visit Website: Bishop O’Dowd High School

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