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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+
Bishop O'Dowd High School is a top rated, private, Catholic school located in Oakland, CA. It has 1,243 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. Tuition is $19,840 for the highest grade offered. After graduation, 97% of students from this school go on to attend a 4-year college.
Address
9500 Stearns Ave
Oakland, CA 94605
Telephone
(510) 577-9100

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

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
278 responses
Average ACT
28
156 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+
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$63,251
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,255
National
$949
Median Home Value
$564,500
National
$184,700
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Bishop O'Dowd High School Reviews

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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!
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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.
Bishop O Dowd is an amazing school. It is extremely diverse in every possible aspect including religious diversity. The school offers clubs and courses promoting the education of all religions to make everyone feel welcome. O'Dowd students often involve themselves and each other in "tough" conversations about politics and ethnicity. One of my fondest memories was when the student body participated in a walkout for gun violence. During the walkout, there was a platform for any student to explain their relationship to, or feelings about gun violence in the US. Finally, I appreciate the culture of care at O'Dowd. For all four years, I have been apart of the social justice and athletic departments. Both departments have offered me support through any issue that may have arose. Overall, this is an amazing school.