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About This School

Bishop O Dowd High School is a private high school in Oakland. The principal of Bishop O Dowd High School is Mr.Steve Phelps, President, who can be contacted at sphelps@bishopodowd.org. 1,125 students go to Bishop O Dowd High School and identify mostly as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. The ratio of students to teachers at Bishop O Dowd High School is 16:1. LPS College Park School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Arabic
    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Crew
    • Cross country
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Water polo
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School
Hispanic 9%
White, non-Hispanic 57%
Black, non-Hispanic 18%
Asian 16%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    After reading the reviews I had to add my own. One said he did not like the school because he was put on academic probation tough.This school prepares kids for college if you are getting a 2.0 you will not go to 4 year and that is what they are preparing you for. My child has learning disabilities & gets a 3.75! The teachers are fantastic & want to see the kids succeed. There is a place for everyone at this school it is not just for the athlete.As far as being Catholic they do not shove it down their throat they have mass retreats services. As in anything it is what you put into it if your child is not participating in the Christian aspect of the school that is their own choice. My child is having an excellent experience and growing into a smart self assured compassionate person.

  • (1 year ago)

    As a parent this school is large on publicity and short on dealing with or responding to problems. My child identified and photographed a teacher out of line the administrations response was to do nothing typical of BOD. IThis truly is a paid for private school nothing more!

  • (1 year ago)

    As a parent at BOD I can say this school has lived up to every expectation. 1. Money buys everything and kids with money have a green card to bully (they look the other way). 2. Teachers are ok to awful. 3. You will be hounded for money 24/7. 4. Caring Kindness and Catholicism are marginalized. 5. Think of this as a paid for private school - the kids do. If you are looking for a solid set of core values and guidance - look somewhere else on the other hand if you are a parent who likes to show off...this is the place for you you will be in good company with other adults who never grew up.

  • (1 year ago)

    The low rating is due to the lack of support and care students receive from the counselors and administrative staff. 4 years at the school and the counselor still doesn't know my child's name. 2 laptops 1 phone numerous books and clothes stolen from lockers classrooms etc. No catholic identity and very ghetto. On a positive note a lot of the teachers are amazing and the sports programs are great. However it's unfortunate that the people that are most involved in college planning and transition are uncaring and unaware.

  • (2 years ago)

    I loved this school so much. Its my freshman summer (going into sophomore) Sadly I cannot attend next year due to financial issues. But the school is so warm. Once you find your friends you know that you will be friends with them the rest of your lives. The atmosphere is beautiful you are surrounded by high achieving students like yourself. The catholic education is not forced on students who aren't catholic but it is explored. I'm so so very sad that I will not be able to attend every day I cry my eyes out. I hope that whoever gets the chance to attend this school is very thankful because it is truly the best school on earth <3 The english department is amazing however freshman! Do not be intimidated if you take honors english it all pays off and you realize it at the end of the year. All the departments are quite magnificent.

  • (2 years ago)

    Sadly this school has lost its catholic identity and administrators just put on a good facade. It may as well be Oakland's private college preparatory school with a cross to decorate the buildings so I think Bishop Cordiolione should sell the building to the folks with money in the Oakland Hills instead of pretending it is a Catholic School because it already has been sold out of its Catholic values.

  • (3 years ago)

    i enjoy the school tremendously. the teachers are always there for you and I feel that each member of the staff is there to help you. I recommend this school to everyone.

  • (4 years ago)

    Sadly the meaning of the word 'Catholic' is lost here. This school is more concerned about it's image than about teaching and demonstrating true Catholic values. The administration is a joke. They know how to spend your money though all glitz and no substance. It's all a facade! Save your money and spend it on a good college! If a true Catholic education is what you are after send them to CCD instead.

  • (4 years ago)

    Academically challenging ... spritually grounded ... diverse staff and student body ... rich music and arts program ... excellent athletic tradition!

  • (4 years ago)

    This school gets better each month. Kids support each other academics are superb technology is the best in the Bay Area. Religious values are inclusive and helpful to kids.

  • (6 years ago)

    I graduated in 2007. I must say that I love O'Dowd. Besides college O'Dowd years have been the best of my life. I met my best friends was envolved in the athletics program drama as well as student government. There has been some concern regarding the egocetrism of the students at O'Dowd..GET OVER IT!!...high school is only a microcosm of any given society especially at O'Dowd where the demographics are diverse. The curriculum is chellenging so if you are a slacker you might not like the school. Also it is very hard to NOT find friends at O'Dowd. Even the shyest quietest people had at least one person to talk to. Over all the school is great and I would like for my kids to go there one day. M. McFarland

  • (6 years ago)

    My child is an average-slightly below average student and has been at BOD HS for 2 years now. She loves the school overall the people teachers athletics etc. She simply struggles acedemically and has been frustrated as a result. Although I must say I have found a great support system there with the counselors the new special needs counselor and the staff overall. They have all been amazing. The school offers so many great resources and programs for all students of every level that it is all up to the parents and the students themselves if they CHOOSE to succeed. I imagine this is the same in any school environment - how much do you really want to suceed? How much effort are you willing to put in? If you are dedicated and want to do well the help is there for you at BOD.

  • (6 years ago)

    I went to Bishop O'Dowd for part of freshman year. At first I liked it there the people where friendly and the classes where focused and students where never out of line or disruptive. But once you get used to the school you can see that the students are very competitive judgmental stuck up overacheavers . The schedual changes every week/day and its ridicoulus. The teachers are rude and they expect way to much. I was on academic probation because i had less then a 2.0 GPA which in my opinion is stupid. the school is also very boring there is no drama fights or anything. it is all about school and everyone is so in love with everyone but they are all very fake .

  • (6 years ago)

    The epitome of a brotherhood this all-boys school is the most nurturing environment one could ask for. With superb academics and one of the best sports programs in the nation De La Salle is a place where brilliant minds can gather. I have been blessed to be a student at the school. They provide after-school and lunch tutoring in all subject areas every day. Probably because the school is not strictly 'colege prep' students are able to thrive more peacefully and with less stress from teachers and fellow schoolmates. The population is very diverse and the studetns go to the some of the top colleges and universities in the nation.

  • (6 years ago)

    O'Dowd is known for their sports and academics. While it is true their academics are high it is actually easier. I get less homework and actually a 3.0. However the reason for the low rating is the student problem. I feel they are cruel. Also untrustworthy. Honors classes require the required Gpa aruged with department chairs cannot change due to policy. Better public schools are alameda or monte vista

  • (7 years ago)

    This is a very good school if you are gifted in academics sports or drama. If your an average student you will be swallowed up. I would have to say as good as the school is its more about wealth and status than anything else. The principal poses as a devout catholic when in fact hes nothing but a politician. The school is good for some but not for others. My daughter my sister and I all attended this school.

  • (7 years ago)

    This is an outstanding educational institution. The academic rigor is consistent and pervasive. The schools athletic programs and state of the art Theater are world class. Parents care. Parents participate.

  • (7 years ago)

    A horrible school. The environment is all about money and privilege. If that is what you want for your child so be it. If your child is an average student and/or athlete do not put them through this school. Terrible teachers. Biased Administration. They know they are one of the few private high schools in Oakland and they offer a sub standard product because they can. Do not waste your money! It is all about $$$$.

  • (8 years ago)

    O'Dowd offers more than academics more than sports more than drama more than music more than community service more than religion. They offer it all. Kids come away from O'Dowd as well balanced confident young adults. I have had one child who attended O'Dowd and enjoyed every day. The staff cares and are well qualified teachers and human beings.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am a senior at Bishop O'Dowd and I have thoroughly enjoyed my four years here. I suggest taking advantage of honors courses mostly because the teachers challenge students more and I am better prepared for college and my future. The athletics are superior to most schools and they are a great way to make friends and have fun. The drama department is also excellent for students involved in theatre and those who enjoy watching. I have found that almost everybody finds a way to fit in a Bishop O'Dowd and I recommend this school because of the vast oppurtunities it supplies to its students.

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