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In addition to our standard curriculum, Bishop O’Dowd High School offers students the opportunity to take a host of advanced academics courses to better prepare students for college and beyond. From Honors and AP courses to early college credit, students can expand their learning across nearly any subject.

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

O’Dowd offers more than 25 Advanced Placement and Honors courses. AP coursework is college level and students may receive college credit of advanced standing upon completion. Students who enroll are required to take the AP College Board exam at the end of the course.

Students who wish to enroll in an AP course next year must indicate the AP course of choice during online course registration in PowerSchool. AP applications are no longer required.

Please Note: Students who do not meet the AP class prerequisite requirements MUST complete the appropriate AP Challenge form to be considered for enrollment.

AP Challenge Submission Deadline is Friday, March 10, 2023

2023-24 Course Catalog 

AP & Honors Prerequisite Requirements and Challenge Forms

AP information per department is at bottom of Counseling page in Current Families

Student & Family Course Information Night, January 10, 2023.

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Theater

AP Course Information Sessions, January 11-12, 2023 – Slides from this on Counseling page.

College Credit

Early College Credit Courses: Beginning in their sophomore year, students can take an online college course each semester and each summer. Participating students can earn between 3-21 units of transferable college credit.

AP Course and College of Siskiyous Information is in the Course Catalog »

Contact the counseling office for additional information and forms.

California Scholarship Federation

The California Scholarship Federation (CSF) exists to promote and recognize high standards of scholarship, service and citizenship on the part of students in California schools. O’Dowd is an official CSF chapter. Life membership (Sealbearer) requires one of the four semesters of membership be earned with senior grades, so students are encouraged to apply early.

Membership is active for one semester and is based on scholarship and citizenship only. Membership is not automatic and can not be applied for retroactively. In order to become a member, student’s must submit an application each semester, using the point system specified in the CSF State By-Laws. Students must earn sufficient points using the pre-approved course lists. The majority of required membership points must come from the University of California approved courses. Bishop O’Dowd’s approved course list can be found with each semester’s application.

CSF Frequently Asked Questions

CSF Advisor: Ms. Vinavong

2023 Spring Membership Application Cycle: January 10 - 24, 2023

Students must apply in person. Applications accepted in Hurley Hall, Rm. 11.

CSF Application & Course List

CSF Members

2022-23 Fall CSF Members

Honor Roll

Honor roll is based on cumulative GPA and calculated after the closing of each semester.

First Honors: 3.5 GPA and above

Second Honors: 3.0 - 3.49 GPA

Honor Roll Archive