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Bishop O’Dowd High School

One Community, Many Parts Finding God in All Things

Educating students to transform the world Dear Students and Parents, Bishop O’Dowd High School, one community of many parts, is an extraordinary place to grow into young adulthood. You will graduate eligible for the University of California and Ivy League schools while participating in some of the finest and most inclusive athletic, cocurricular, and visual and performing arts programs in California. Our diverse O’Dowd community, renowned for its warmth and appreciation of all kinds of minds, will bring lifelong friendships and great joy. As a Dragon, this rich world will nourish your intellectual, emotional, social, physical, and spiritual growth. On your high school journey, you will have the guidance of our exceptional faculty, counselors, campus ministers, coaches and activity moderators, who are at the forefront of preparing you for a dynamic 21st century world. We focus on your intellectual, personal and spiritual growth, how you learn, and we provide world-class technology to assist you in that learning. Together these resources and services will allow you to pursue what you love, and reward you with the exhilaration of true excellence. In this way we achieve our purpose; to graduate even more exemplary citizens who will transform society with their values, intelligence, skills, and leadership as they seek to find God in all things. Stephen Phelps, Ed.D President

Charism: Bishop O’Dowd High School’s Core Values

Finding God in all things calls us to Community in Diversity Strength of Character Kinship with Creation Social Justice Joy


History and tradition of Bishop O’Dowd High School Bishop O’Dowd High School was established in September 1951, by the Archdiocese of San Francisco as a Catholic co-institutional memorial high school named in honor of Bishop James T. O’Dowd. At the time of his sudden death, Bishop O’Dowd was in the process of planning a new Catholic high school in the East Bay. The school opened with 120 freshmen in facilities provided by St. Louis Bertrand School, with a faculty of two priests and four sisters. The school was staffed by diocesan priests, the Sisters of St. Dominic of Adrian, Michigan, and lay men and women. The late Bishop Mark J. Hurley (Father Hurley) was the first principal. In September 1952, classes met for the first time on the present campus, and one class was added each year until the school reached capacity enrollment with its first graduates in 1955.

“The friends you make at O’Dowd are friends that last a lifetime. For more than half my life, I’ve had a tight group of friends whom I met during my freshman year of high school. These are friends I will have for life.” Chris Moon ‘97, UC Berkeley 2001, Boalt Hall School of Law 2006

In 1966, four years after the new Diocese of Oakland was formed, Bishop Floyd Begin transferred the administration of the school to the California Province of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Under their direction, the school became coeducational and enhanced its reputation for academic and athletic excellence. In 1978, the Congregation of St. Basil (Basilian Fathers) agreed to administer the school for the Diocese of Oakland. During their 27 years of administration, the school experienced major physical improvements, including its first football field, new parking lots, computer labs, and expanded library facilities. In 1991, the science labs were updated, and the physically challenged gained greater accessibility to the school with the addition of an elevator. In 1993, a two-story, 10 classroom addition replaced the five portables present from the 1960s. A 325-seat performing arts center was opened in April of 2000. In the summers of 2003 and 2004, an all-weather artificial surface was installed on the lower playing field and the locker rooms were modernized. Bishop O’Dowd High School began a new phase of its history in July 2005, with the President/Principal governance model and a Board of Limited Jurisdiction. This leadership group’s strategic plan includes a clear religious charism, a visionary master facilities plan, and support for curriculum and instruction to meet the needs of students who will live and work in an age where knowledge and learning are paramount. The school has one more year to complete the campaign to remodel all of its academic facilities. Today’s student body includes 1,185 young men and women served by 127 full-time educators and staff and about 75 part-time coaches and staff. Rich in diversity, the school is recognized as a leader in college preparatory education in the digital age, while continually affirming its Catholic values and traditions through its charism. More than 98 percent of Bishop O’Dowd High School graduates enroll in colleges and universities in California and across the nation. More than 13,000 graduates from 55 graduating classes fulfill roles of leadership and service, both in the local community and worldwide.


Finding God in all things calls us to an AN EXCELLENT EDUCATION The students at Bishop O’Dowd High School strive to reach their academic, social, and spiritual potential within a supportive and challenging community. O’Dowd’s college preparatory curriculum includes Advanced Placement courses in 17 subjects, and an enhanced range of services to accommodate college preparatory students with learning differences. Integration of technology into the curriculum enables students to grow in intelligence and build skills for the complex world of this century. We promise to prepare you for the challenges and opportunities unique to your generation.


The rigorous curriculum includes all levels of math, science, English, five languages, social and religious studies, comprehensive physical education, computer programming and multimedia design courses, and fully integrated arts, music and drama programs. Student learning is supported by outstanding teachers, a strong partnership with parents, an engaging curriculum, advanced technology, an extraordinary academic support system, and integrated use of digital learning and laptops throughout the curricula.

“Bishop O’Dowd is a place where I’m encouraged to embrace creativity in my role as an instructor. I’m given room to

The Honors Program consists of Honors and Advanced Placement courses in every department except Religious Studies and Physical Education. These classes meet the requirements of regular coursework while challenging students to develop greater depth in a range of subjects.

pursue my own intellectual passions. In the

Honors Courses

AP Courses

time I’ve been here, I can’t count how many

Honors Algebra 2/Trigonometry Honors Chemistry Honors English 1 Honors English 2 Honors English 3 Honors French 3 Honors Geo-History Honors Geometry Honors Italian 3 Honors Italian 4 Honors Pre-Calculus Honors Physics Honors Spanish 3 Savoir Lire: Introduction to French Readings

AP American Government AP Biology AP Calculus AB AP Calculus BC AP Chemistry AP Comparative Government AP Computer Science AP English AP Environmental Science AP French Language AP French Literature AP Psychology AP Spanish Language AP Spanish Literature AP Statistics AP Studio Art AP United States History

times the students have far exceeded my expectations.” Jon Thorpe, US History Teacher


Honors and AP Courses

excellent education for all ACADEMIC SUPPORT

At Bishop O’Dowd High School, intellectual and cognitive diversity enriches our campus community. We welcome and support students with all types of minds and provide the resources to enable them to fully develop intellectually.


The Academic Support Center at Bishop O’Dowd High School comprises 11 programs, differentiated by their purpose, intended constituencies, and daily operations. Some programs are open to the general student body and can be used on a self-referral or drop-in basis. Others are by invitation only or require specific external eligibility criteria. At any time, a student may participate in more than one program; several programs are designed to work in conjunction with one another, such as CORE with the Intensive Study Program (ISP). The following schematic illustrates the components of the academic support program at O’Dowd, their access criteria, and their inter-relationship:

emic Support Acad Intensive Study Program

Specific Eligibility Tutoring On Demand

Dragon Success


Catch Up Support Planning

Open Eligibility Student Study Team

Eye-to-Eye CORE

Title 1

Finals Prep

World Class Technology to Grow Your Intelligence and Skills Bishop O’Dowd High School is a fully wireless campus, equipped with state-of-the-art technology supporting student learning through our innovative curriculum and 1:1 Laptop Program. All classrooms are equipped with: • Ceiling-mounted LCD wireless projectors • Large projection screens • BOSE sound systems • Voice-over-IP phones All teachers meet or exceed the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS), and: • Maintain a Blackboard site • Use PowerSchool for online grading and attendance • Incorporate technology into their class design and instruction • Use School-provided laptop computers

1 : 1 Laptop Program Bishop O’Dowd High School is a 1:1 Laptop School. In the fall of 2010 all incoming freshman, sophomore, and junior students purchase or lease Tablet PCs for use in their classes and homes. Each year, O’Dowd students graduate with increasing skills and intelligence through the use of technology to enhance learning. Great teaching combined with the skillful and responsible use of digital tools supports student achievement of O’Dowd’s graduation outcomes. *For more information and Frequently Asked Questions about the 1:1 Laptop Program, please visit the Academics Page at www. Campus technology needs are managed and maintained by a staff of four full-time professionals and a student tech squad open to new and current students. Two of these adult professionals staff the Technology Support Center. Teacher and student technology training is offered on a regular basis.

Community in diversity calls us to celebrate this unique strength “Diversity at Bishop O’Dowd High School

Ethnicity of O’Dowd

extends beyond ethnicity. A great strength Asian American/ Pacific Islander 12%

of O’Dowd is a student body that is diverse religiously, socio-economically, and geographically. Artists, athletes, debaters, and

African American 18%

Other/ Mixed race 13%

mathletes excel here.”

Latino American 10%

Joe Salamack, Principal

$1.85 million

European American 47%

Previous School Types

Amount of financial assistance given in 2009-2010

Private & Other Religious 30%


Students granted financial aid

Public/Charter 20%


Average financial aid grant in 2009-2010 Catholic 50%


Religion Other, including Buddhist, Sikh and Hindu 5%

Jewish 6% Muslim 1%

SOUTH EAST BAY Castro Valley, Hayward, San Lorenzo, Fremont


Christian 33%


Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Albany, Richmond


TRI-VALLEY/ CONTRA COSTA/ WEST BAY Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore, Danville, Orinda, Walnut Creek, San Francisco, Peninsula

Please visit the O’Dowd website at for information about transportation and carpooling to O’Dowd.

Roman Catholic 55%


Strength of character calls us to spiritual and moral development Campus Ministry programs include • Schoolwide liturgies, class liturgies, and morning prayer • Freshman daylong retreats, led by upperclassmen • Overnight Kairos retreat program for juniors • Overnight retreat program for seniors • Class Campus Ministry Teams • A life-giving Service Learning Program totaling 100 hours over four years • Summer Immersion Programs in the U.S. and abroad • Sophomore daylong homeless immersion with St. Anthony Foundation in San Francisco Masses and Retreats The Campus Ministry department affirms and promotes the Catholic identity of Bishop O’Dowd High School. All students share in the traditions of the Catholic faith while celebrating the religious diversity of our community. A hallmark of our Catholic identity is the respect offered to non-Catholic students who we encourage to grow in their own spiritual traditions. Our programs develop students of character, compassion, and conscience and create a community committed to leadership, spirituality, and justice.

I can truly say that the heart of teaching is recognizing God in the lives of all students. I’m unable to imagine a more fulfilling vocation than helping students to grow intellectually and become open to the possibility of faith at O’Dowd, a crossroads of spiritual diversity.” Alex T. Macmillan, Religious Studies Teacher

Service Learning Meaningful service learning as an educational concept combines students doing volunteer service in the community with reflection and classroom connections in order to deepen understanding. Every student completes a minimum of 100 hours of service throughout a four-year program. Immersions Immersions are intensive service retreats where participants can “immerse” themselves in a situation that is outside their experience. Each trip addresses social justice, simple living, spirituality, community, and service within the local context. Immersion trips, offered in the spring and summer, are open to all sophomores, juniors and seniors. Past immersion destinations have included New Orleans, Mexico and inner city immersions in Oakland and San Francisco. Religion Classes The Religious Studies department offers a range of subjects focusing on Catholic traditions, scripture, adolescent development and contemporary social issues, spirituality and ethics. Classes are designed to provide students with an understanding of the roles that religion, ethics, and service play in shaping our own lives and our contemporary society. Religion Classes offered at O’Dowd: Christian Sexuality Hebrew Scriptures Christian Scriptures The Catholic Experience Christian Morality Peace & Justice Atheism and Faith Religions of the World Living and Dying Marriage and Family Bio-Ethics Ethics and Media Christian Service Project Theological Research


Kinship with creation and social justice calls us to create a caring and just community COUNSELING SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS AT O’DOWD Bishop O’Dowd High School offers all students academic, college and personal counseling, as well as support for those students with documented learning differences. Our counselors assist students in attaining maximum personal and intellectual growth, and help students make the best college/career choice according to needs, skills, abilities, and interests. The Counseling Department’s numerous programs include: • Personal counseling for for each new student along with parent(s) prior to the beginning of the school year • College counseling for all students beginning sophomore year • Academic advising and support for all students • Career counseling through “On Your Mark, Set, Go” and Career Partnerships Program • College Fairs and Financial Aid Workshops • Parent Education Workshops throughout the school year focusing on academics, college, and financial aid • Personal relationship with the same counselor for four years Counselors work closely with students and families to provide personalized support and guidance for each student.

“Meeting each student’s high school success and college counseling needs are the main goals of our counseling program. We foster personal and intellectual growth through relationships with students and parents based on mutual trust and care.”

Fran Warmerdam, Director of Counseling

For a complete listing of the student support services please visit the Counseling Page at


“The first thing that struck me about

Charity Drives As a school, we strive to educate leaders of competence, conscience and compassion. One way we show our ongoing compassion is through our Charity Drives, which include the monthly Dollar Days, the fall Food and Toy Drive, and the spring Mission Drive.

the students at O’Dowd was their level of social consciousness. The

Dollar Days At the beginning of each month, student funds are collected during homeroom to benefit a local charity.

future is important and that they

Food and Toy Drive Each fall our schoolwide Food and Toy Drive helps families in need through the St. Vincent’s Day Home in Oakland.

That’s why it’s so gratifying to teach

Mission Drive Each spring, the school focuses its attention internationally, educating students about important issues and raising funds for a need somewhere beyond the borders of the United States.

motivated to understand the world

Dragon Ambassadors The Dragon Ambassadors represent Bishop O’Dowd High School and welcome new students and families into the Dragon Community. Ambassadors form First Year Buddy groups with all incoming freshman and transfer students to help them socially, academically, and with extracurricular issues.

students here understand that their will have an impact on that future. here; my students are inherently around them so that they can be helpful to their communities.” Laura Fine, Psychology Teacher 12

Joy calls us to have quality cocurriculars for all “I love sharing my enthusiasm for the arts with our students. Forty years ago I stepped on the stage for the first time in a production of Our Town at Bishop O’Dowd High School and was hooked. I now hope I inspire our students to love the theatre and to have passion for whatever they do in life.” Dennis Kohles ‘69 Director of Dramatic Arts

FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS Bishop O’Dowd High School students are able to study specific disciplines, including: • ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, computer and studio art • TV production • concert, jazz and symphonic band, digital music, string orchestra, instrumental ensemble, chorus • drama, producing, theater design and production, as well as participating in professional quality musicals and plays The art faculty provides an enriching curriculum in preparation for a college major and/or a career in the arts. Students who participate in upper level courses create a portfolio for their resume that can add an extra dimension to their college application. Recent graduates have earned acceptance to the top art and drama programs in the country based on their portfolios and auditions. STUDENT ACTIVITIES We pride ourselves on our diverse range of student interests. Our clubs include award-winning Speech and Debate and Mock Trial, Junior Statesmen, Key Club, intramurals, and more than 35 other programs that invite students to develop their interests and abilities, while providing opportunities for leadership and social and emotional growth. Most importantly, they are a whole lot of fun! Activities for students don’t end with our student clubs, however. A highlight of the school year is Spirit Week, which promotes school unity, spirit, and community. Other events include Respect and Connect Week, a schoolwide dodgeball tournament, Multicultural Week and Assembly, and the Black History Month Assembly. Dances and formals are held throughout the year, culminating with our Junior Prom and Senior Ball, both held in the spring. PARTIAL LIST OF STUDENT ACTIVITIES Animeé Asian Student Alliance Badminton Club Band BBC Club Black Student Union Celtic Club Chess Club Chorus Computer Programming Country Music Appreciation CSF Dragon Ambassadors Earthbound Esoterikos Fall Plays/Spring Musical Film Club French Society Improv & Drama Indian Club

Interact Jazz Band Jewish Club Junior Statesmen of America Karma Club Key Club Latinos Unidos Little Italy Math Club Mock Trial National Honor Society Orchestra Polynesian Club Respect and Connect Ski Club Speech and Debate Spring Musical Student Council Surf Club

ATHLETICS Bishop O’Dowd High School is known throughout California for its tradition of athletic excellence, dating back to the 1950s with outstanding teams in the Catholic Athletic League. Firmly committed to the values of integrity, respect, leadership, teamwork, pride and commitment, O’Dowd student-athletes are leaders in the classroom as well as on the playing field.

“Our team GPA is a huge point of

More than 800 student-athletes participate in 15 interscholastic sports on 55 teams, from water polo and lacrosse to football and basketball. Through dedication, hard work and a commitment of excellence O’Dowd continues to foster DRAGON PRIDE!

yields as much effort from my players

Fall Sports Boys: Cross Country, Football, and Water Polo Girls: Cheerleading, Cross Country, Volleyball, Water Polo, Tennis, and Golf Winter Sports Boys: Basketball and Soccer Girls: Cheerleading, Basketball and Soccer Spring Sports Boys: Baseball, Lacrosse, Rugby, Track & Field, Swimming, Golf, Tennis, and Volleyball Girls: Softball, Lacrosse, Track & Field, and Swimming A lunchtime Intramurals Program complements interscholastic sports.

pride for our team, and often it is reaching their goals of bettering themselves as human beings that as winning games does. Coaching in a community that encourages the development of the whole person feeds directly into my own coaching philosophy, and makes coaching here truly a joy.” Katie Pittman, Director of Student Activities, Head Coach, Women’s Varsity Soccer

Profile of the Class of 2009 PROFILE OF THE CLASS OF 2009 Number of Graduates: 260 Number attending college: 256 SAT SCORES (Since 2003) O’Dowd Top 1/3 O’Dowd All Seniors California Average

Critical Reading 646 571 499

Math 643 576 516

Writing 646 564 498

Total 1935 1711 1513

The top 1/3 of O’Dowd’s senior class, equivalent in number of students to entire senior classes of top-tier independent schools in Oakland and San Francisco, have comparable mean scores to these elite schools. ADVANCED PLACEMENT and SAT SUBJECT TESTS Each year, about 300 students sit for an average of two or more AP exams and an average of 200 students sit for two or more SAT II subject tests. COLLEGE PLACEMENT In 2009, more than 98 percent of graduates enrolled in college, with 90 percent enrolled in four-year colleges. In the past three years, students were admitted to the following schools:


Academy of Art University American University Arizona State Barnard Bennington Boston College Boston University Bowdoin Brown Bryn Mawr Bucknell California Lutheran University California College of the Arts California State University Chico East Bay Fresno Fullerton Humboldt Monterey Bay Northridge Pomona Sacramento San Diego San Francisco San Jose San Luis Obispo Sonoma Stanislaus Cambridge University, England Carleton Case Western Chaminade University Chapman Chicago State University Claremont McKenna Clark Clemson

Colgate Colorado College Columbia Connecticut College Cornell College Cornell University Dartmouth DePaul Dickenson Dillard Dominican Emerson College Emory University Evergreen State Fordham Franklin Marshall George Washington Georgetown Gonzaga Goucher Grambling Grinnell Hamilton Harvard Hawaii Pacific Hofstra Holy Cross Holy Names Howard Ithaca John Carroll University Johns Hopkins Kalamazoo College Langston University Lehigh University Lewis & Clark Linfield College Loyola College Loyola Marymount Macalester Marymount

Marymount Manhattan Massachusetts Institute of Technology Middlebury Michigan State Mills College Montana State Mount Holyoke New Mexico State New Mexico Tech. New York University Northeastern Northwestern Notre Dame de Namur Oberlin Occidental Oregon State Pacific University Pepperdine Pitzer Pomona Portland State Purdue Rutgers St. Andrew’s St. John’s St. Martin’s University St. Mary’s College Santa Clara University Sarah Lawrence Scripps Seattle University Skidmore Smith Southern Methodist Spelman Stanford Syracuse Trinity Tufts Tulane

University of Arizona University of Arkansas University of British Columbia University of Chicago University of Colorado Boulder University of California Berkeley Davis Irvine Los Angeles Merced Riverside San Diego Santa Barbara Santa Cruz University of Illinois, Chicago University of Maine University of Maryland University of Massachusetts, Amherst University of Michigan University of Montana University of Nevada, Reno University of North Carolina University of Notre Dame University of Oregon University of Pacific University of Portland University of Puget Sound University of Redlands University of Rochester University of San Diego University of San Francisco

University of Southern California University of Utah University of Utrecht University of Vermont University of Washington Vassar Villanova Wheaton Whitman Whittier Williamette Wooster Xavier

Cost of Attending O’Dowd Sending your child to Bishop O’Dowd High School represents a significant financial commitment. In order to facilitate your financial planning and budgeting, we have summarized the estimated cost of attending O’Dowd for the 2010-2011 academic year. Tuition and fees do not cover the entire cost of an O’Dowd education. Parents of incoming freshmen and transfer students are expected to make a tax-deductible pledge on behalf of their child to the Parent Pledge Program to assist the school in closing this gap. Please note that these amounts may change in future years. Tuition for 2009-2010: Tuition: $13,330 Fees: $900 Books (approximately): $400 Laptop: $2,100 purchase, $2,400 3-year lease to own. Parent Pledge (estimate): $1,250 Total Cost: $15,880 + laptop lease or purchase cost Tuition for 2010-2011 will be announced in February of 2010. A non-refundable deposit reserves a student’s place for the 2010-11 school year. FINANCIAL AID Bishop O’Dowd High School offers financial assistance for families demonstrating need. Due to the generosity of our benefactors, in 2009-2010 we distributed over $1.85 million in financial assistance to 303 of our students.The average grant was around $6,000. Financial assistance applications for the 2010-2011 school year may be picked up in the Bishop O’Dowd High School Business Office or downloaded from the admissions page of the website. Please check the O’Dowd website for the date these forms will be available. Please pay close attention to required documentation and deadlines (the incoming 9th grade aid application deadline is in early February). Financial assistance letters will be enclosed in the acceptance packets in March. If you have any questions, please call Nancy MacKinnon in the Bishop O’Dowd High School Business Office at (510) 5779100, ext. 171.


Admissions ADMISSIONS CRITERIA Statement of Admissions Policy Bishop O’Dowd High School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded and made available to students at the school. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of educational, athletic or school-related programs. In general, a well-qualified 8th grade applicant • Has achieved a score on the entrance exam which indicates an ability to achieve in a challenging college preparatory program. • Has performed at or above grade level on standardized tests taken in the 7th and 8th grades. • Has progressed in all subjects commensurate with ability. • Has received a favorable recommendation from his/her current school. • Is interested in participating in O’Dowd’s cocurricular activities, community service program, and class retreats. • Has received a favorable recommendation from clergy, and/or has demonstrated a desire to participate in the spiritual dimension of the Bishop O’Dowd High School community. Applicants with learning differences are welcome. In order to fairly evaluate candidates, we request documentation that portrays an accurate picture of the student’s true ability and motivation.

Important Admissions Dates to Remember October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2009 Campus Tours and Class Visits 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (register online beginning September 1, 2009). September 1, 2009 Applications available, apply online. Sunday, November 1, 2009 Open House 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (no reservation required). December 4, 2009 Applications and non refundable $90 fee due ($120 if received after 12/04/09 postmark). The application automatically pre-registers the applicant for the test. December 19, 2009 HSPT Prep Course 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. ($75 fee includes lunch). January 9, 2010 HSPT (High School Placement Test) 8:00 a.m. for 9th and 10th graders. Administered on this date only. February 5, 2010 Recommendation forms due, including first semester grades and clergy recommendation form. March 12, 2010 Admission decisions and information materials mailed. March 20, 2010 New Student Registration 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. All year Shadow days are available by appointment. Please contact Director of Admissions Tyler Kreitz at (510) 577-9100, ext. 312

Application ONLINE APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS Bishop O’Dowd High School’s application is online at 1. Click on the ADMISSIONS tab along the top of the page. 2. Click on the APPLYING TO O’DOWD link to access the ONLINE APPLICATION form. 3. Follow the directions on the instruction page. Once the form is electronically submitted, your credit card will be charged a $90 application fee and any other fee you have selected. You will receive an e-mail confirmation from Infosnap. 4. The online application is due by December 4, 2009. 5. Late applicants who do not take the High School Placement Test must provide acceptable evidence of academic readiness for a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. SUPPLEMENTAL FORMS In addition to the forms you will complete online, there are separate forms you must complete and return to the Bishop O’Dowd High School Office of Admissions. You will find these forms on the online application under the heading LINKS TO SUPPLEMENTAL FORMS. 1. Give the Grades Request form, Request for Final Grades form, and the Confidential Recommendation form to your child’s current school to complete. 2. Ask your pastor/rabbi to complete the bottom portion of the Clergy Recommendation form. 3. These forms need to be submitted to Bishop O’Dowd High School by February 5, 2010. Please provide the school and your pastor/rabbi stamped envelopes addressed to: Office of Admissions Bishop O’Dowd High School 9500 Stearns Avenue Oakland, CA 94605 TESTING The High School Placement Test (HSPT) must be taken by all incoming freshmen and students transferring into the 10th grade. 1. The test date for the 2010-2011 school year is Saturday, January 9, 2010. 2. Applicants applying to more than one Catholic high school in the Diocese of Oakland may take the exam only once. 3. On the day of the entrance exam, the applicant may request that his/her scores be sent to two other high schools. The charge for this examination is included in the application fee. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE Financial assistance application packets are available online and in the Business Office beginning January 6, 2010. For further information, please contact the Business Office at (510) 577-9100, ext. 171. All inquiries are strictly confidential. PHOTOGRAPH Please submit a photo of the applicant, in jpg. or gif. format, to If digital photos are unavailable, please send a picture to: Office of Admissions Bishop O’Dowd High School 9500 Stearns Avenue Oakland, CA 94605 Though submission of a photo is recommended, it will not affect the evaluation of the applicant.


MISSION Bishop O’Dowd High School is a Catholic, coeducational, college preparatory high school administered by the Diocese of Oakland. The school affirms the teachings, moral values, and ethical standards of the Catholic Church. It is a unique and diverse community. The faculty and administration strive to develop young men and women of competence, conscience, and compassion through an integrated academic, spiritual, and extra-curricular program. Bishop O’Dowd High School seeks to develop persons of influence who are loving, open to growth, religious, intellectually competent, and skilled leaders committed to justice and peace. GRADUATION OUTCOMES Guided by the Mission of Bishop O’Dowd High School to prepare students for lives of spiritual, intellectual, and personal growth, graduates will be: Academic Achievers who… * Exhibit knowledge and skills necessary for college * Practice critical thinking and problem solving skills * Research, analyze and synthesize information effectively * Demonstrate innovation, creativity, and a love of the arts Spiritual Individuals who… * Demonstrate knowledge and appreciation of Catholic faith and traditions * Participate actively in their faith community * Respect diversity of religion and culture * Make moral, ethical and healthy choices in daily living Effective Communicators who… * Exhibit expert reading and writing skills * Articulate ideas clearly and creatively * Use information technology effectively and ethically * Understand divergent points of view Active Leaders who… * Model personal integrity, responsibility, and ethical behavior * Utilize emotional and social skills to build collaboration and teamwork * Embrace diversity and promote excellence * Demonstrate effective decision-making skills Globally Responsible Citizens who… * Model human connectedness through a commitment to social justice * Respect cultural and ethnic influences * Work for a moral, just and peaceful world * Exhibit care and respect for the environment Life-long Learners who… * Demonstrate openness to growth * Take responsibility for their own actions and the welfare of others * Critically assess the values of contemporary culture in light of the Gospel * Promote justice and peace in service to their faith Bishop O’Dowd High School, 9500 Stearns Avenue, Oakland CA 94605 (510) 577-9100 Fax: (510) 638-3259


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