Employees

60

Students Served

3000

Students Reached

10000

Years Operating

13

Who We Are

South County Cal-SOAP is a pre-college program that helps low-income and first-generation students go to college. We assist students, kindergarten through college, navigate every aspect of their educational journey, offering academic advising, financial aid awareness, tutoring, college tours and more. Through these services, we equip the students least likely to enter college with the tools and knowledge they need to attain their academic goals.

Our Mission

To create educated communities, one underrepresented student at a time.

Our Vision

Equal Opportunity from K to College.

Our Services

We assist students in locating and applying for scholarships. In addition, we offer a South County Cal-SOAP Scholarship.
The primary objectives of Cal-SOAP are to increase postsecondary educational opportunities by increasing the availability of information and improve students’ access to higher education by raising their achievement levels. Based on these objectives, advisement and support for academic achievement activities shall be basic elements of Cal-SOAP services.
We offer one-on-one tutoring through afterschool and in class tutoring for our High School students. We also partner with the Power School program and their afterschool program. The consortium hosts preparation workshops for SAT, PSAT, essay workshops, etc.
"College: Making It Happen" provides practical and easy-to-understand information on how to prepare academically and financially for college. South County Cal-SOAP visits every 8th grade classroom in our consortium for a 1-hour college preparedness workshop, reaching around 1000 students each year.
Each academic year students have the opportunity to attend a Cal-SOAP sponsored College Fair, hosted by Gilroy and San Benito High School. College Fairs are free to students and their parents, and provide the opportunity to interact directly with representatives from over 50 colleges and universities.
We inform our students about financial aid opportunities and offer assistance through the application process. Financial aid outreach includes Cash for College workshops, classroom workshops, parent workshops, and one-on-one assistance.
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. By providing this service, students experience first-hand what going to college is like and then are able to imagine what that will look like for themselves. We offer several individual school tours during the year and in late winter we take a giant tour of Southern California. 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.
We offer college workshops to prepare students as they pursue their higher education. These workshops are available for students and parents, and are usually announced through individual school sites. Workshops include financial aid, college 101, SAT preparation, career exploration and more.
“I’m Going to College” is designed to create an awareness of higher education opportunities in elementary school children. A 7-hour pre-college program curriculum designed for 5th graders is presented in 5th grade classrooms and culminates with an “IGTC Adventure” at UCSC where they are welcomed as honorary college students.

Meet Our Team

Central & Live Oak High School
Cal-SOAP Main Office
Anzar High School
Aromas School
Christopher High School
Britton Middle School & Brownell Middle School
Cal-SOAP Main Office
Cal-SOAP Main Office
San Benito High School
Cal-SOAP Main Office
San Juan School
Solorsano Middle School
Gilroy High School & South Valley Middle School
San Benito High School
Martin Murphy
Gilroy High School & South Valley Middle School
Mount Madonna High School
Cal-SOAP Main Office
Ann Sobrato High School & Live Oak High School

Board Members

 Manny Barbara

Chair

Vice-President on Thought and Advocacy

Silicon Valley Education Foundation

 

Claire Grissom

Vice-Chair

Vice Principal SBHS

San Benito High School District

 

Erin C. Gemar

Secretary, Non-Voting

Project Director

South County Cal-SOAP Consortium

 

Deborah A. Flores, Ph.D 

Voting Member

Superintendent

Gilroy Unified School District 

Paula Carter

Voting Member

Interim Director of Admissions

CSU, Monterey Bay

 

Kathleen Moberg

Voting Member

Vice President of Student Services

Gavilan Community College

 

Michael McCawley 

Voting Member

Director of Admissions

University of California, Santa Cruz

 

Michele Huntoon

Voting Member

Superintendent

Aromas-San Juan Unified School District

 
Ramon Zavala 

Voting Member

Assistant Superintendent

Morgan Hill Unified School District

 

Daryn Moore

Voting Member

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies

Program Coordinator

Stanford University 

 

Liliana Montero-Barba (non-voting)

Student Representative

GHS Advisor

South County Cal-SOAP

 

Dia Hoshida

Non-Voting Partner

Administrative Assistant

South County Cal-SOAP Consortium