The Cal-SOAP San Bernardino County Consortium will foster a collective impact model that supports the cradle to career focus that is the foundation of the San Bernardino County mission to improve educational and life outcomes for all citizens.
- The California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP) was established by the state legislature in 1978. Today, Cal-SOAP is instrumental in improving the flow of information about postsecondary education and financial aid while raising the achievement levels of low-income, elementary and secondary school students or geographic regions with documented low-eligibility or college participation rates, and who are first in their families to attend college.
- Cal-SOAP San Bernardino County responds to a variety of student needs and delivers services reflective of the diversity of students in the Inland Empire. Services include academic, advisement, and outreach activities.
- The intent of the Legislature is that the Cal-SOAP will accomplish the following goals:
- Increase the availability of information to students about the existence of postsecondary education, the available sources of financial aid, and career opportunities
- Improve students’ access to higher education by raising their achievement levels
- Reduce the duplication of services by coordinating outreach efforts Each Cal-SOAP project activity shall directly or indirectly assist to further the above stated goals.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Cal-SOAP?
Cal-SOAP stands for the California Student Opportunity and Access Program. It is a college access and readiness program meant to improve the flow of information about postsecondary education and financial aid while raising the achievement levels. Cal-SOAP serves ANY student in the Inland Empire area, but focuses on 1st-generation, college-bound, and low-income students. Services include advising, tutoring, parent outreach, and college awareness workshops.
How is Cal-SOAP funded?
Cal-SOAP is funded through the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) as part of their outreach services.
Who does the Cal-SOAP, San Bernardino Consortium serve?
Cal-SOAP Services are focused towards 7th to 12th grade, 1st-generation, low-income, college-bound students in the Inland Empire (through CSU San Bernardino). The K-12 Districts, Higher Ed partners, and Community Based/ Non-Profit Organizations that provide Cal-SOAP services to the students within the Inland Empire can be found on the Consortium Members page.
How does Cal-SOAP help students go to college?
Cal-SOAP San Bernardino County, is partnered with schools, districts and partners to develop a sustainable infrastructure of academic, advisement and outreach activities, designed to reflect the diversity of students in the Inland Empire.
Are Cal-SOAP services year-round?
Yes, we offer services throughout the school year and in the summer.
How does Cal-SOAP hire tutors?
Are there other Cal-SOAP programs?
Today, Cal-SOAP projects operate in fifteen locations throughout the state by consortia of secondary and postsecondary schools and community agencies.
- Central Coast Consortium
- Central Valley Consortium
- East Bay and Solano County Consortium
- Long Beach Consortium
- Los Angeles Consortium
- Merced Consortium
- North Coast Consortium
- Sacramento Consortium
- San Diego and Imperial Counties Consortium
- San Francisco Consortium
- San Jose Consortium
- Santa Barbara Consortium
- South County Gilroy Consortium
- South San Joaquin Consortium