To provide information about postsecondary education and financial aid to elementary through high school students while raising their academic achievement levels. In particular, Cal-SOAP is committed to providing services to students from any of the following backgrounds:
- Low income families
- Families in which they would be the first to attend college
- Schools with documented low eligibility or college participation rates or
- Geographic areas with documented low eligibility or college participation rates
Working under the direction of the California Student Aid Commission, the California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP) has represented the educational community throughout the state since 1978. The program is operated in partnership with the University of California system, the California State University system, local non-profit agencies and public elementary and secondary school districts.
The San Diego and Imperial Counties Cal-SOAP Consortium is one of the largest of the sixteen Cal-SOAP consortia throughout the state. In recent years, the consortium has expanded to serve North San Diego County as well as the entire Imperial County area. With this expansion effort, the San Diego and Imperial Counties Consortium offers a broad range of services tailored specifically to serve both urban and rural populations in one central and two satellite locations.
All of the other 13 Consortia are as follows:
- Central Coast Cal-SOAP Consortium
- Central Valley Cal-SOAP
- East Bay Consortium Cal-SOAP
- Long Beach Cal-SOAP Consortium
- Los Angeles, Cal-SOAP Consortium
- Merced County Office of Education
- Northcoast Cal-SOAP Consortium
- Sacramento Cal-SOAP Consortium
- San Francisco Cal-SOAP Consortium
- San Jose Cal-SOAP Consortium
- Santa Barbara Cal-SOAP Consortium
- South County Cal-SOAP Consortium
- Southern San Joaquin Valley Cal-SOAP
Central San Diego County Staff
Database Administrator / Special Events Coordinator
P: 858.569.1866 ext. 218
Imperial County Staff
The San Diego and Imperial Counties Cal-SOAP Consortium
There are seventeen California Student Opportunity and Access Program Consortia, each serving a specific geographic area of the state, and all working toward a common goal: providing information about postsecondary education and financial aid, and raising the achievement levels of students from low-income families, from schools or geographic areas with documented low eligibility or college participation rates, or from families in which they would be the first to attend college.
Working under the auspices of the California Student Aid Commision, the Cal-SOAP Consortia represent the educational community: the University of California, California State University, California Community Colleges, independent colleges, public schools and local non-profit agencies.
San Diego and Imperial Counties Cal-SOAP Consortium Members:
Since 1978 UCSD has served as the fiscal agent for the project. UCSD has the responsibility of fiscal management of the project and oversees the proper performance of the Director and Administrative Assistants.
- Alliant International University
- California State University, San Marcos
- Cuyamaca College
- Grossmont College
- Grossmont Union High School District
- Imperial County Office of Education
- Imperial Valley College
- National University
- Palomar College
- Point Loma Nazarene University
- Poway Unified School District
- San Diego City College
- San Diego Community College District
- San Diego County Office of Education - AVID
- San Diego Mesa College
- San Diego Miramar College
- San Diego State University
- San Diego State University - Imperial Valley Campus
- San Diego Unified School District
- Sweetwater Union High School District
- University of California, San Diego
- University of San Diego
- Wahupa Educational Talent Search
Through a network of trained staff members and college students, Cal- SOAP offers support and assistance to college and academic counselors, middle and high school students and their families. While services are typically delivered to over 10,000 students per year, the personal attention that has become Cal- SOAP's hallmark is never sacrificed. The program is built around the following components:
Cal-SOAP manages a team of highly trained college students to serve as the program's primary resource of outreach. These College Peer Advisors (CPAs) are trained to provide support for school counseling personnel in San Diego and Imperial County high schools. CPAs address the needs of high school students through 1:1 conferences, in classroom presentations and in small groups. At these sessions, information is disseminated about college options, the college application process, financial and career options, essay writing and scholarship search. Additionally, CPAs serve as role models -- those students who have successfully navigated the often choppy waters of college admissions and financial aid.
Academic Enrichment and College Entrance Test Preparation
Cal- SOAP recognizes that academic success in school will provide more options for students after high school. Academic tutors undergo a comprehensive and training process to work with students in schools. Tutors are responsible for providing intensive, one-on-one academic enrichment session to assist students in their core classes and other academic skills.
Cal-SOAP believes in empowering parents/guardians and the community to understand the college process early. Through disseminate of information about postsecondary education, both community and parents are encouraged to be informed, be involved and to be inspired to assist students. The Community Resource Program include programs such as, College Making It Happen (CMIH) that prepares middle school parents about A-G requirements, academic achievement and college options; provides newsletters with college admission, deadline and financial aid information; and provides parent workshops, where one can learn about and discuss parent/guardian education issues, the college search process and more.
With 108 affordable well-respected community colleges throughout the state, California has the most sophisticated and admired two-year college system in the country. The mission of Cal- SOAP is to provide high school students and their parents with the necessary tools and information to actively pursue postsecondary options, including the community college where students can pursue career technical and academic pathways. Students may use the community college as a transfer partner to a 4-year institution.
College, Career and Technical Assistance
Cal-SOAP supports students in their future college, career, and technical plans through one-to-one, small group and large group presentations. Cal- SOAP offers its annual College Fair and works with schools on career awareness activities.
College Peer Advising
Cal-SOAP's advisement component utilizes a network of College Peer Advisors trained to provide support for school counseling personnel at high schools in the San Diego and Imperial Counties. College Peer Advisors serve as role models and work with more than 8,000 high school juniors and seniors in small groups and one-on-one intensive advisement. They share personal college experiences and help students to complete applications for college and financial aid.
This program and service is provided at the request of schools, teachers, parent groups, or community organizations. Its purpose is to disseminate information to educators and students regarding higher academic achievement and postsecondary opportunities.
Topics range from test preparation to effective college admissions essay organization.
This is a six-session intensive preparation course held during the summer to prepare rising 11th grade students to take the PSAT in October of their junior year. It is conducted in partnership with University of San Diego Test Preparation Courses. Applications are available for sophomores each February and are due in mid-April. Go to the Events section of our website to download an application.
Cal-SOAP test preparation programs provide students with test-taking strategies and encourage students to take all their college entrance exams in a timely manner.
SAT/ACT Preparation Workshops for juniors are offered in the spring and emphasize test-taking strategies. Workshops are offered in Sweetwater and San Diego Unified Districts; check the Events section for specific events. Other test-prep workshops are held by request.
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