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
|Centennial High School||Arlana Walton|
|Compton High School||Cindy Perez|
|Dominguez High School||Jacquie Grimaldi|
|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|
|Firebaugh High School||Rachael Hamelt|
|Lynwood High School||Erika Santacruz|
|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||
|Long Beach Job Corps.||Taharka Anderson, Jacquelyn Boone, Jordan LeBlanc, Jaylin Smith-Jenkins|
|Youth Opportunity Center||Jennifer Balidio|
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.
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 information is disseminated throughout the academic year but a greater emphasis occurs during the priority filing period from January 1st through March 1st.
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.
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.
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.