Cal-SOAP provides in-class tutoring at high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools. Our staff is paired with a credentialed teacher in order to provide extra assistance for students in the class.

We provide after-school tutoring for a majority of our high schools and middle schools. The program is a “drop-in” model in which students are not assigned to tutoring, but are able to receive our services if they choose to do so.

Academic Advising

Our Cal-SOAP Advisors offer one on one assistance to our students.
College and career awareness, grade checks, financial aid, and A-G Requirements are reviewed on a monthly basis. 
1-2 Advisors are assigned per High School and Middle School for the purpose of frequent check-ins with our students.and.

College Prep Services

Rising Senior

A 2-3 day workshop in July focusing on helping incoming seniors move forward with their college application and personal statements. Cal-SOAP counselors and advisors also work with students on how to finalize their college selection process.

All Cal-SOAP eligible students are invited to apply.

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.

SoCal Tour

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.

I’m Going to College

Elementary school and a local college/university become partners to educate teachers, students, and parents to raise college awareness. The program culminates of a 6-week curriculum and a partnered college campus tour (UC, CSU, Community College, and Private Universities).

College Making It Happen

College: Making It Happen is designed to assist middle school parents, guardians, counselors, and students begin the college planning process. Through 60-90 minute classroom workshops we communicate the importance of early academic and financial planning in order for middle school children to have choices after high school graduation.

For more information, refer to the California Educational Round Table Intersegmental Coordinating Committee’s website.

College Tours

Every year, South County Cal-SOAP offers college tours for students in our program. Often times, these tours are the determining factors when students are choosing what colleges they want to apply to. Most students who visit a campus with Cal-SOAP are seeing a university for the first time in their lives.

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.


Cal-SOAP offers a affordable 4 week SAT/ACT prep programs. Working together with "CROSSWALK Test Prep & Tutoring", Cal-SOAP staff assists 10th and 11th-grade students with both strategy and content. Other resources used are Khan Academy, Naviance, Collegeboard, ACT, practice tests, and academic tutoring to name a few.

Summer Bridge

Our College & Career exploration program combined with math skill building prepares students for a successful transition towards middle and/or high school.

  • Credentialed Teachers

  • Elevate [Math] Curriculum

  • College Tours & Workshops

  • 5.0 Elective Credits (9th grade only)

Financial Aid Services

Financial Aid
Parent Night

Every fall semester Cal-SOAP presents and informs parents and students on the financial aid application process for the FAFSA & CA Dream Act. These workshops are provided at each member high school and mainly attended by High School juniors and seniors prior to the onset of the financial aid season.

Cash for College Workshops

Between October 1st and March 2nd High School seniors and families are offered FREE Cash for College workshops in their respective schools to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act (CADAA) application to access financial aid for education and career/technical training.


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.
In addition, we help students to secure additional financial support by assisting them in locating and applying for other academic and need-based scholarships.

Community Events


In the fall K-12 students, parents, 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."

Honoring George Flores, Inspirational Science Teacher, and Community Leader

College Fairs

Each academic year students have the opportunity to attend a Cal-SOAP-sponsored College Fair. College Fairs are free to students and their parents and provide the opportunity to interact directly with representatives from over 50 colleges and universities.


Our annual fundraiser is a joint celebration with educators who aim to improve the system with equity at the forefront of each decision they make, and for the students who work tirelessly to open doors that have been previously locked to the generations before them.

As community partners, we understand the jump from high school to college is a tough transition for any student; for low-income and first-generation students, it can be nearly impossible. Financial stability is a constant battle, but with donors like you and South County Cal-SOAP, we can continue to help students transition into a better future.

Contact Us


290 I.O.O. F. Avenue Gilroy, CA 95020

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