Through the Academic Coaches, students receive both intensive and general academic, college, and career advising services such as, study skills enhancement, course planning, and college awareness and preparation.

Academic Coaches meet regularly with intensive students from their assigned caseload.

San Jose Cal-SOAP academic and college advising services are delivered through two models; 1) grade-level strategies and 2) the College-Going Initiative.

Grade-level strategies are designed to provide specific targeted services to Cal-SOAP students who have been identified as intensive. The goals of the grade-level strategies are:

  • To identify and determine Cal-SOAP students’ eligibility for postsecondary opportunities;
  • Encourage those students to successfully complete their eligibility requirements by customizing services to ensure their specific needs are met; and
  • Offer students and their family information and intensive support services with the college-going process.


Cal-SOAP administrative staff work with the school site administration to identify classes with the greatest need for in-class tutoring. The function of the in-class tutor is essential in raising academic achievement and accelerating learning of students. In-class tutors are responsible for keeping students on task, role modeling appropriate behavior, and tracking student progress. Academic Tutors are graduate and undergraduate students from our higher education partner institutions and receive training on these and other topics throughout the academic year.


Tutoring is available in many of our middle and high school sites. After-school tutoring has a variety of skill building activities involving basic math and literacy skill, preparation for college entrance and other standardized tests and learning strategies. The main goal in providing students with academic support is to raise achievement levels and increase college eligibility rates.


Workshops are offered for students and parents that increase the availability of information related to college. We have two categories of these workshops, pre-college information dissemination and motivational activities. The first category includes workshops on financial aid and college preparedness, and activities for older students that promote college awareness such as college tours, student panels, college fairs and career workshops. The second category involves motivational activities such as I’m Going to College and College: Making It Happen, set up to promote the early understanding of college.


Throughout the academic year San José Cal-SOAP takes students to colleges and universities to expose students to a college campus, interact with college students and to see themselves as future college students. As part of the full experience, students receive a college campus tour, an admissions presentation, an open discussion with a college student panel and the opportunity to have lunch at the campus.

These are some of the campuses we have visited:





An Academic Preparation Program of the California Student Aid Commission