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 &
... Read more 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. Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/12/13
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!
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Posted by a parent on 01/13/13
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
... Read more 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. Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/11/12
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
... Read more 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 Read less
Posted by a student on 07/13/12
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
... Read more of pretending it is a Catholic School, because it already has been sold out of its Catholic values. Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/14/11
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.
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Posted by a student on 11/15/10
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
... Read more spend it on a good college! If a true Catholic education is what you are after, send them to CCD instead. Read less
Posted by a parent on 04/13/10
Academically challenging ... spritually grounded ... diverse staff and student body ... rich music and arts program ... excellent athletic tradition!
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Posted by a parent on 10/05/09
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.
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Posted by a parent on 10/01/09
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
... Read more 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 Read less
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Oakland schools — Bishop O Dowd High School is located at 9500 Stearns Ave, Oakland CA 94605. 9500 Stearns Ave is in the 94605 ZIP code in Oakland, CA The school district for Bishop O Dowd High School is the Diocese Of Oakland. Bishop O Dowd High School is a Catholic school that serves grade levels 9 - 12.
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