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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    A+
Address
9500 Stearns Ave
Oakland, CA 94605
Telephone
(510) 577-9100

Applying

Application Deadline
December 10
Application Fee
$120
Interview Required
No
Required/Recommended Tests
HSPT

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$19,840
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
30%
Average Financial Aid
From Bishop O'Dowd High School

O’Dowd is a Catholic college preparatory school that develops young people of competence, conscience and compassion through integrated academic, spiritual, athletics, arts and other co-curricular programs. Guided by gospel values, O’Dowd educates its diverse student body to build a more just, joyful and sustainable world.

Bishop O'Dowd High School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1230
301 responses
Average ACT
28
171 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.14 responses
Poll
86%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.14 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 49 responses
Report
  • Spirit week
    35%
  • Kairos Retreat
    16%
  • Prom
    14%
  • Grad Night
    8%
  • Senior Night
    8%
  • Football/Basketball/Volleyball games
    6%
  • Zoo Walk
    4%

    Students

    Diversity
    A+
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    1,243
    88%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.17 responses
    82%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.17 responses
    94%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.17 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    13:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    79%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.28 responses
    Poll
    93%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.28 responses
    Poll
    89%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.28 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A+
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Boys Athletic Participation
    100%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.14 responses
    43%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.14 responses
    71%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.14 responses
    Living in the Area
    B+
    Overall Niche Grade
    How are grades calculated?
    1. Cost of Living
      D+
    2. Good for Families
      B-
    3. Housing
      D+
    Median Household Income
    $63,251
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $1,255
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $564,500
    National
    $184,700

    Bishop O'Dowd High School Reviews

    165 reviews
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    LOVE everything about this school! Top-Notch academics and athletics in a very diverse, inclusive, welcoming and socially conscious environment. My son is a senior and I feel he not only received a great college-prep education but is an extremely well-rounded young man and kind citizen due to the atmosphere, challenges and opportunities provided by Bishop O'Dowd. We hope to send our younger son there too!
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    Bishop O'Dowd is a great school to attend! It allows students to have the stereotypical high school experience. In order to make the best of your time at O'Dowd, students need to become involved in different activities such as clubs, sports, and special events such as Spirit Week! Another amazing thing about O'Dowd is the administration really gives students space and ability to express the opinions and believes freely, and really encourage students to do so!
    Bishop O'Dowd is widely known as an alternative to Oakland Unified HS, safer and more affordable. No different then public schools, BOD has a rampant sex, drugs and alcohol problem - they have refused to deal with, focused on marketing the school as 'perfect'. It's ok but NOT great! BOD leadership has priorities, squeezing money out of parents is top, marketing perfect 2nd and somewhere down the line is education. It's a safe alternative, period. Resources are plethora for student athletes, clubs yes for minorities only.