The California Student Opportunity and Access Program, or Cal-SOAP, is a statewide, outreach program established in 1978 designed to increase the number of students attending college. This pre-college program serves elementary, middle, high school, and community college students who 1) are from low income families, 2) will be the first in their family to attend college, or 3) are from areas or schools with low eligibility or college participation rates.
Cal-SOAP is administered by the California Student Aid Commision (CSAC). Individual projects apply each year for continued state funding. State funding must be matched by an equal or higher level of matching resources by consortium member.
South County Cal-SOAP is one of 15 Cal-SOAP consortiums throughout the state of California. Our mission is to create educated communities, one underrepresented student at a time. South County Cal-SOAP is committed to empowering, educating and advocating for students and their parents in our quest to provide equal opportunity from kindergarten to college.
Together, with sponsors and staff members from the four school districts in their consortium (ASJUSD, GUSD, MHUSD, & SBHSD), South County Cal-SOAP is proud to report a 93.75% college going rate!! After school and in-class tutoring, financial aid education, college campus exposure and academic/general counseling is provided by South County Cal-SOAP staff for over 10,000 students and parents in the South County region!