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California State University, Long Beach
Cal-SOAP, California Student Opportunity & Access Program
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High School Information


The target populations that the Long Beach Cal-SOAP serves are 11th and 12th grade students who are on track for high school graduation and are community college bound and/or undecided about postsecondary options. We outreach to the following high schools in the Compton, Long Beach, Lynwood, and Whittier unified school districts as well as two community sites.

High School Sites

  • Cabrillo High School
  • California High School
  • Centennial High School
  • Compton High School
  • Dominguez High School
  • Firebaugh High School
  • Jordan High School
  • La Serna High School
  • Lakewood High School
  • Lynwood High School
  • Pioneer High School
  • Poly High School
  • Renaissance High School
  • Santa Fe High School
  • Whittier High School


Community Sites

  • Long Beach Job Corps.
  • Youth Opportunity Center

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Schools Served

Compton Unified School District
School Name Advisor/Tutor
Centennial High School Arlana Walton
Compton High School Cindy Perez
Dominguez High School Jacquie Grimaldi
Long Beach Unified School District
School Name Advisor/Tutor
Cabrillo High School Efrain Orozco
Jordan High School Alejandro Landeros
Lakewood High School Quan'Janet Yates
Long Beach Polytechnic High School Leticia Sandoval
Renaissance High School Blair Iskander
Lynwood Unified School District
School Name Advisor/Tutor
Firebaugh High School Rachael Hamelt
Lynwood High School Erika Santacruz


Whittier Union High School District
School Name Advisor/Tutor
California High School Carmen Sanchez
La Serna High School Elizabeth Hernandez
Pioneer High School Elba Solis
Santa Fe High School Mindy Chang
Whittier High School

Brenton Owens

Long Beach Community Sites
School Name Advisor/Tutor
Long Beach Job Corps. Taharka Anderson, Jacquelyn Boone, Jordan LeBlanc, Jaylin Smith-Jenkins
Youth Opportunity Center Jennifer Balidio

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Academic & College Preparation

Cal-SOAP advisors will help motivate students to pursue an education beyond high school and provide them with assistance in college and career planning including: college applications and entrance exam preparation, individualized education planning, research different college majors and programs of studies, understand different higher education systems and getting financial assistance as well as scholarship monies.


Classroom Workshops

College Peer Advisors, Career to College Advisors, and Academic Coaches work in teams to provide intensive classroom workshops, general classroom presentations, and small group activities that provide students with important college awareness and academic preparation information. The following are a few of the presentations and workshops that are available to any teacher interested in scheduling one for their students; they can be presented to the class as a whole or to a classroom with students broken down into small groups.

  • Financial Aid - Scholarships, Grants, Loans and Work Study
  • Scholarship Search - Learn how to find FREE money for college
  • The Four College Systems - UC. CSU. CCC. IPCU. What’s the difference?
  • A-G Subject Requirements - College prep courses available at your high school
  • College Entrance Exams - What tests to take and when
  • Introduction to Community College and Transfer Pathways - There’s something for everyone at a community college
  • Scholarship and College Application Essays - Write Right
  • High School vs. College - Are you ready for college level work?
  • Money Matters - Students will look a real life budget and career salaries
  • How to Get a Job - Students will have hands on skills practice.
  • Careers of the World - Students will learn about traditional and unique career options.
  • Hot Jobs - The latest and greatest work options.


Financial Aid

Financial aid information is disseminated throughout the academic year but a greater emphasis occurs during the priority filing period from January 1st through March 1st.

  • Classroom – advisors will conduct financial aid workshops inside the classroom on the different types of financial aid, Cal Grants and instructions on how to fill out the FAFSA application.
  • General financial aid nights – presentations can be conducted in English and Spanish on the different types of financial aid, Cal Grants and instructions on how to fill out the FAFSA application to parents and students.


Parent Education

Cal-SOAP will work in partnership with its Consortium members and school districts to provide Parent Conferences and College Fairs in each of our three school districts. Parent Forums are offered at each of our school sites to allow PTSA, PTA and other parent organizations to sponsor smaller discussions about college options, financial aid and how to better support their children in preparing for college at an early age. In addition, Cal-SOAP through the Educational Opportunity Center provides parents with information and resources on parent educational opportunities as well.


Transfer Day Field Trips

In collaboration with its Consortium members, Cal-SOAP will help bring a designated group of high school juniors and seniors to visit a community college and a four-year university on the same day. Students will hear presentations about the college/university, get a campus tour and get a first-hand understanding of the transfer process from a community college to a four-year university.

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How to Request Services


Counselors/Teachers in the Cal-SOAP program

Events, including field trips, family nights, and classroom presentations can be requested by contacting the Cal-SOAP office at (562) 985-1481. Events are scheduled on a “first come, first served” basis depending on program resources and staff availability.


School Staff/Counselors/Teachers NOT in the Cal-SOAP program

Due to the limited number of staff and advisors, we are not able to do workshops at schools that are not currently part of the Cal-SOAP program. We will be happy to share our materials for counselors/teachers to do the workshops. Please visit the "Contact Us" page to send inquiries for materials.

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Joining Our Program

If your school is currently not part of the Cal-SOAP program but you would like to be, please have your school principal contact our Director to explore the possibilities of joining our consortium of schools and colleges.

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