K-5th Services

IGTC (I'm Going to College)

5th-grade students participate in a 6-week curriculum to raise college awareness. The program culminates in a college tour to a UC, CSU, CC, or Private University.
Middle School Services

CMIH (College, Making it Happen)

We assist middle school parents, guardians, counselors, and students begin the college planning process

High School Services
Scholarships

Each year our Cal-SOAP graduating seniors who are planning to attend a 2-yr or 4-yr college or university may apply for the South County Cal-SOAP Scholarship. Applications are available each year in December and due in March. Selections for this competitive process are made each April. In addition, we help students to secure additional financial support by assisting them in locating and applying for other academic and need-based scholarships,
Parent Workshops
South County Cal-SOAP offers various morning and evening workshops to parents of K-12 students throughout the academic year at their child's school site. Topics include financial aid awareness, hands-on FAFSA/CADAA application completion/submission, how to navigate the college application process, and many more.  During our annual South County Cal-SOAP Orientation, students, families, and educators are offered a myriad of workshops in varied topics, ranging anywhere from "The 4 Systems of Higher Education" to "Banking and Financial Literacy to "Disengagement in Education."

Cash for College

Students and families are offered FREE Cash for College workshops to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act (CADAA) application so they can access financial aid for education and career/technical training beyond high school.

Financial Aid Parent Night
 
Cal-SOAP presents and informs parents on the financial aid application process for the FAFSA & CA Dream Act. 

SAT Prep

Cal-SOAP offers a free-4 week prep program each spring. Working together with Crosswalk Education, Cal-SOAP staff assists 10th and 11th-grade students with both strategy and content. Khan Academy, Naviance, Collegeboard, ACT, practice tests, games, and academic tutoring makes up the resources used.

Rising Senior Summer Camp
2-day workshop that focuses on helping incoming seniors get help on their college application and personal statement process.

Advising

Our Cal-SOAP Advisors offer one on one assistance for our students. As well as monthly/weekly check-ins, college awareness, grade checks, financial aid, and A-G Requirements. 1-2 Advisors are assigned per High School and Middle School.

Summer Bridge
This 4 to 6-week summer program is made up of two components. The first is the Elevate Math Program. By providing a middle school and high school program focused on building both math skills and student confidence, Elevate Math helps prepare more students for success in college and careers. The second component is College/Career Exploration.  Students participate in a series of workshops, class activities, and college tours to gain exposure to college campuses and their expectations.  Students also explore STEM careers with industry experts. 
College Tours (This in-person activity has been postponed)
Every year, Cal-SOAP organizes college tours for students in our program. Most of the time, students get a guided tour of the campus and are often able to eat lunch in the student cafeteria. The tours are meant to open the eyes of our students to the possibility and reality of going to college. 
Oftentimes, these tours are the determining factors when students are choosing what colleges they want to apply to.
Tours we offer include but are not limited to the So-Cal Tour, CSUMB Tour, Stanford Tour, and the UC Berkeley tour.
SoCal Trip (This in-person activity has been postponed)

South County Cal-SOAP offers college tours to our students, and for many, this will be their first step on a college campus. Exposing students to various campuses is an essential part of instilling a college-going culture. We offer individual school tours during the year and in late winter we take a tour of Southern California Colleges. During a 4-day adventure with their Cal-SOAP advisors, high school juniors visit college and university campuses, participate in evening workshops, and meet Cal-SOAP alumni throughout the experience.

290 I.O.O. F. Avenue 
Gilroy, CA 95020
(408) 780-8486