SDHS College Preparation & Readiness Mentors

Contact Information

The San Diego High School counseling team works with a variety of service providers from around San Diego.

Please contact your school counselor for more information about these programs.

Click on any logo below to go directly to the programs website.

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UCSD Upward Bound

Ulises Alarcon -

Who we are

UC San Diego Upward Bound, a college preparatory program for low income, first generation high school students in San Diego High School and Lincoln High School. Our mission is to help students to identify college requirements and to enroll in the college or university of their choice. As a federal program, we help students to achieve all types of higher education goals. Upward Bound students will receive ongoing academic support services during their high school years. Upward Bound tracks high school graduation, college enrollment, FAFSA completion and college graduation.


The goal of Upward Bound is to create a supportive learning environment. We want to see our students grow academically, and become culturally and socially aware.

Upward Bound is 100% federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education


Our Services

Admitted students will receive FREE pre-college services including:


Academic Advising, College Advising, Weekly Tutoring, Career Planning, College Tours, Summer Program at UCSD (Live on Campus like a real college student!), Financial Aid Application Assistance, ACT/SAT Preparation, College Planning, and much more! 


*Per pandemic restrictions, all of our services are delivered online via Zoom conferencing until further changes.


Program Requirements  

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent resident

  • Low income and/or first generation college

  • Show desire to attend college after high school

  • Must be a student from Business & Leadership or SciTech

  • Preferably be a 9th or 10th grader 


Ready for this opportunity?! Click Here to submit your interest form and Ulises will contact you within 24 hours. 


For any questions, contact Program Coordinator Ulises Alarcon at

or (858) 245-9579.


Visit our website: Click Here

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City College Upward Bound

Director: Liz Vargas -

Counselor: Shelley Barajas-Leyva -

College Mentor: Pedro

What is Upward Bound?

Upward Bound (UB) is a college preparation program designed to assist 9-12th grade students to graduate from high school and attend the college of their choice. Participation in UB is a year round academic and summer program throughout your high school journey.  Promotional video:

Services Provided

·       Academic Advising & Support

·       Tutorial services

·       College  & Career Exploration

·       Assistance completing College Admissions applications

·       Assistance with Financial Aid application

·       Assistance completing Scholarship applications

·       Cultural activities & awareness

What does it cost to join Upward Bound?

Upward Bound is FREE of cost. This includes but is not limited to tutoring sessions, classroom instruction, college visits and trips.


How can I become eligible to participate in Upward Bound?

Have a desire to attend a college or university and a willingness to do whatever it takes to make this dream come true. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree.


To apply complete google form:

Accepting application for grades 9th- 11th


Cal SOAP San Diego

Linda Doughty, Director -

Connie Tabor, Assistant Director

Evelyn Kheo, SDUSD Counselor

Karla Whitaker, Academic Director

Who We Are:

Cal-SOAP is a state-driven, college readiness program for low income, first generation high school students and targeted schools with low college eligibility rate. In the San Diego Unified School District all high schools receive some form of Cal-SOAP services. The San Diego/Imperial Counties Cal-SOAP is one of 16 outreach programs across the state of California. Our program is dedicated to providing information about postsecondary education opportunities, financial literacy and financial aid completion support to elementary through high school students while raising their academic achievement levels.


Cal-SOAP is committed to providing services to students from any of the following backgrounds:

  *   Low income families

  *   Families in which they would be the first to attend college

  *   Schools with documented low eligibility or college participation rates or

  *   Geographic areas with documented low eligibility or college participation rates


Our Free Pre-College Services:

Academic Advising, College Advising, Financial Aid Application Assistance, College Planning, College, Application and Financial Aid Workshop, College Entrance Testing, Scholarship Nights, College: Making It Happen and much more!


 Program Requirements:

  *   Must submit a Cal-SOAP application

  *   Focus on Low income and/or first-generation students and schools with low college eligibility rate

  *   Students at targeted schools


Ready for this opportunity?

Click Here<> to submit your application.


 *Per pandemic restrictions, all our services are delivered online via Zoom until further notice.


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Patty Bacame -

Claudia Pak -

In 1979, Wahupa incorporated as a nonprofit expanding services to all low-income and first-generation high-schoolers seeking a college career.


The word “Wahupa” means enlightenment in the language of the Lakota Sioux. As the organization has grown we felt that the message of enlightenment, the practice required to achieve it, the freedom it offers and the idea of lighting the way for students along their path to college all still accurately reflected our core mission. So, we kept it.


We are a 501c3 non-profit corporation with multiple TriO projects funded by U.S. Dept. of Education. The goal of our TRiO programs is "to increase the percentage of low-income and first generation college students who successfully pursue post-secondary education opportunities."



Edwin Valderrama -

Kassandra Contrearas -

Who we are

The Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) is a University of California Program that works with 9th-12th grade students in preparing them for higher education! 


Our Services

As part of EAOP, you are entitled to personal advising sessions where a current UC San Diego undergraduate will go over topics such as career explorations, selecting the right major, going over college systems, and much more! 


In addition to our personalized services you will be invited to our workshops and events that will help you determine what college system is right for you, insight into various career paths such as Science, Education, Health Care, and so much more! 


Program Requirements

To be part of EAOP you will need to have two things:

  • You will need to meet with your advisor AT LEAST 3 times per academic year

  • You will need to have and maintain a 3.0 GPA

How you can sign up: If you are interested in being part of EAOP or learning more about our program you can sign up with our google form here:


After you fill out our google form we will be sure to get back to you with more information! 


Note, we work with all three schools here at San Diego High School so all are welcome to join. We are currently accepting 9th-12th grade students so don't hesitate to fill out our google form and reach out to us! 


Contact Information:

Edwin Valderrama (12th grade Advisor)



Kassandra Contrearas (9th-11th grade Advisor) 


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Reality Changers

Rea Concepcion -

Reality Changers transforms lives by providing youth from disadvantaged backgrounds with the academic support, financial assistance, and leadership training to become college graduates.​

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Aaron Price Fellows Program

Garry Rollins, Jr. -

The Aaron Price Fellows Program prepares highly motivated and diverse San Diego public high school students to be responsible, engaged and caring members of their community.

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SDSU Upward Bound/Health & Career Opportunity Program (HCOP)

Jose Mondragon Torres, M.A. -

Hello Cavers, my name is Mr. Jose Mondragon – Program Counselor for SDSU Upward Bound/HCOP. I am honored to bring this opportunity to SDHS, if you have any questions about SDSU Upward Bound/HCOP I will be your point of contact.


The SDSU Upward Bound Program/HCOP program is funded to serve 167 San Diego County students during the academic year and the summer.


The program consists of two closely related parts: a six-week summer experience on the SDSU campus and an academic year follow-up, which is an opportunity for students to continue to participate in the program via one-on-one advising sessions and Saturday sessions. We would like to highlight that we also provide Health Career Opportunity Programs (HCOP) through internships and other STEM related activities.


We currently have open enrollment, and we are accepting applications until March 5th, 2021.

To start your application please fill out the attached interest form: Ready to Join? Click Here to fill out the interest form and Mr. Jose will contact you.

Click Here to visit our website, get more information, or to apply.



For any questions contact Jose Mondragon Torres at:, or 619-880-0424.

For current UB/HCOP Students please set-up an Advising Session via my Calendly – contact me directly for link. *Go Cavers!