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9-12
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Oakland, CA
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9500 Stearns Avenue
Oakland, CA 94605

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(510) 577-9100
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August 20, 2014
Image 1st - Education 2nd! All entries over the past 2 years with negative comments were removed..YEP that's BOD! This school is a paid for, safe school, there is nothing special about it and the education is just ok. For the past 3 years I have watched as the school is focused on image not dealing with problems. Look at the date comments were written..this will give you a clue how much they don't want you to know about their dirty little secret..drugs and alcohol! Would not recommend it - so many better choices like Saint Mary's!

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2013
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!

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2012
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.

- submitted by a student
October 14, 2011
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.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2010
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.

- submitted by a student
April 13, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
Academically challenging ... spritually grounded ... diverse staff and student body ... rich music and arts program ... excellent athletic tradition!

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2008
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

- submitted by a student
no rating May 29, 2008
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.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2008
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 .

- submitted by a community member
no rating March 16, 2008
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.

- submitted by a community member
February 28, 2008
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

- submitted by a student
December 19, 2006
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.

- submitted by a former student
October 02, 2006
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 $$$$.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2006
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.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
December 30, 2005
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.

- submitted by a student
December 22, 2005
I have had four kids attend Bishop O'Dowd High school, and overall the experience has been extremely positive. The academics and adminitration is greatly imporving, and I can see an upward trend in the school in all aspects. My kids have utelized A.P. and honors classes and recieved an excellent education. There are numerous sports available, which my kids took advantage of as well. The teams are relativly rigorous and competitive to get a spot, but the coaching and level of play is high. The art and drama departments have also excelled, and put on great shows. With the new administration, it looks as if the school will be getting a lot more funds and donations, and I've heard that it will become a wireless campus, where each student uses a computer while learning. Bishop O'Dowd has provided a very solid education and place for development for all of my kids.

- submitted by a teacher
December 17, 2005
Very hard to enroll child into AP courses. Good foreign language, average mathematics. Other subjects sub-par at best. Consider Encinal High School in Alameda (Public, though very strong AP program. Students from any city can enroll.)

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
July 20, 2005
Great teachers. Economicaly and racially diverse. Best private school value in the east bay.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2005
this is a really awesome school ..the academic possiblilities are endless here...can get into any college that u want ..

- submitted by a former student
April 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2004
This school is horrible! My son went to O'Dowd for two years and he told me he had the worst education. His grades went down dramatically because of the lack of teacher interaction. I made the best decision for him by pulling him out.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2004
My child just recently graduated from Bishop O dowd and if you are looking for a diverse college prep high school for your child, then this is the one. Their curriculum and extra curricular programs provide ample opportunity for your child to develop and grow. My child did wonderful on her SATs and they also promote tolerance and diversity. It is a great all around school

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2004
Grat school for academics and athletics.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2004
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- submitted by a student
March 23, 2004
I am the parent of a male freshman and academically Bishop O'Dowd is outstanding. The dress code is strictly enforced and the students will be going to uniforms in school year 2004-2005. The students were given many chances to 'dress appropriately' but they failed to heed the warning. The only fault I have found with the school to date, is the language used by the students during sporting events and just in general. As a parent you would think the students would respect your presence; they don't. Four letter words are the norm no matter if you are sitting in the stands, or attending a school event. Profanity apparently is tolerated. There are some minor issues of petty theft that I didn't expect to experience, but I guess a christian school is no different than a public school.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2004
I have been a student at Bishop O'Dowd for the past 4 years of my life. It has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. I feel like I am ready and well prepared to go to college. I recomend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a student
November 28, 2003
Bishop O Dowd High School is a great school. It is a school of great dicipline in which students work hard everyday. Most students say that O'Dowd was harder than college. Their worst transition is from 8th grade to 9th, but the transition from high school to college cannot even compare. Everyone is very respectful, and everyone goes to school to learn. All the sports teams of O' Dowd are great. Most sports go to state championships. All I can say is that O' Dowd is one of the best high schools in the state. It was recognized by California, and by the president.

- submitted by a community member
September 09, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2003
I'm not a parent, but I am a former student of Bishop O'Dowd High School, and I am very pleased with the education I received while attending the school. The English department is incredible, as is the Science department. There is a wide range of courses at O'Dowd, and the students are allowed to pick their own classes, instead of being told which to take. It really prepared me for college and the intellectual demands that comes along with it. Bishop O'Dowd is an amazing school.

- submitted by a former student
August 26, 2003
What a fine school! The energy exhibited by both the students and the teachers is incredible. This school truly does prepare students for college, both academically and emotionally.

- submitted by a parent
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Bishop O Dowd High School
9500 Stearns Avenue, Oakland, CA  94605
(510) 577-9100
Last modified Bishop O Dowd High School is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
Bishop O Dowd High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top