November 8 , 2002

Weekend Retreat Brings Parents and Students Together to ‘Bridge The Gap’ For College Prep

A free weekend retreat at Palomar Mountain State Park near Escondido will be held Friday, January 17 through Sunday, January 19, 2003 by the California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP) to help high school students and their parents overcome the confusion and anxiety that often exists when preparing for college.

The event, titled “Bridging the Gap for College Preparation,” is open to area tenth graders who are now enrolled in the federally funded GEAR UP college preparation program, and to other low-income high school students —especially those who will be the first in their family to attend college, and those who are currently going to schools which have low college-going rates.

The retreat, co-sponsored by GEAR UP with Cal-SOAP, can accommodate 40 students and 40 parents (one parent per family). The event includes free bus transportation to and from the retreat, meals, and overnight accommodations in cabins at the state park.

Students will learn key steps needed for college admission, while parents will receive instruction in how to work effectively with their children to achieve academic success and how to assist their children during the college admissions process. Topics will include: academic motivation, college admissions procedures, financial aid available, college entrance exams required and how to prepare for them, team building between students and parents, and forming family-school partnerships.

Cal-SOAP is also hosting a similar retreat for eighth and ninth graders and their parents on March 14-16, 2003, and for ninth graders and parents, April 4-6. For more information on all retreats, and to register, contact Marilyn Harvey at Cal-SOAP, (858) 569-1866.

Cal-SOAP is part of a statewide consortia whose mission includes providing academic enrichment and college preparation to students from low-income families; students living in geographic areas or school district regions with traditionally low college attendance/eligibility rates, and students who would be the first in their families to attend college. In addition, the program serves as an integral partner with the University of California, San Diego and other four- and two-year institutions, and school districts.

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