Advanced USA high school search >>
Search Schools

Advanced USA high school search >>
Search Schools

Bishop O'Dowd Private School California USABishop O'Dowd Private School California USABishop O'Dowd Private School California USA



Number of Students

1165 (2% international)

SAT Average




Bishop O'Dowd High School

Private Day School – Oakland , California

Bishop O’Dowd High School is an exciting and diverse Catholic school focused on preparing around 1200 talented young men and women for college through an integrated academic, spiritual, and co-curricular program. The professional faculty and staff, together with part-time coaches and moderators, are dedicated to preparing the students to lead extraordinary lives. The school is one of the most desirable and unique high schools in America and is currently engaged in the complete remodeling of all academic facilities. Over 99 percent of Bishop O’Dowd graduates enroll in colleges and universities in California and across the nation. More than 12,000 graduates have been added to the ranks of alumni since the first class graduated in 1955, fulfilling roles of leadership and service in the Bay Area and worldwide. The goal of the school is to graduate even more exemplary citizens who will transform society with their values, intelligence, skills, and leadership.

Academic Program
Bishop O’Dowd’s college preparatory curriculum includes Advanced Placement courses in 19 subjects, and an enhanced range of services to accommodate college bound students with learning differences. The curriculum includes honors courses in mathematics, language, English, social studies, science, computer programming and multimedia design. Bishop O’Dowd also offers a fully integrated arts and drama program, an environmental science program and five foreign languages are also offered. A wireless technology environment throughout the school allows students and faculty easy access to the Internet, and encourages student-centered learning. Students are encouraged to bring and use laptops on campus. Technology is integrated in class rooms throughout the school campus and all students starting grade 9 will be required to use a laptop for their classes.

Oakland is located in Northern California in the San Francisco Bay Area and is one of the nation's most diverse cities both culturally and physical. The city's landscape is a picturesque mix of lovely hillside neighborhoods; exciting and diverse architecture, a bustling waterfront, 19 miles of shoreline along the San Francisco Bay, unparalleled Bay views, and more parks. Students have plenty of activities to keep them busy and can easily take the train into San Francisco about 30 minutes away.

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

1165 (2% international)



Teacher/Student Ratio


Average Class Size


ESL Programs


IB Programs


Offer Diploma


School Uniform


Campus Size

7 Acres

Religious Affiliation


SAT Average


Foreign Languages

  • Chinese
  • French
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish

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


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • 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 Statesman
  • Latinos Unidos
  • Mathletes
  • National Honor Society
  • Ping Pong
  • Robotics
  • Ski
  • Zumba Club

School Location

Partial List of College and University Acceptances

American University, Arizona State University, Boston College, Boston University, Cambridge University, Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve 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, Skidmore College, Stanford University, Syracuse University, Tufts University, Tulane University, TexasA & M University, University of California, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, Vassar College, Wheaton College, Yale University

University Acceptance Rate:

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

Submit a pre-application for your student now