CollegeSpring’s First Santa Cruz County Programs

Santa Cruz, CA, July 15, 2013 – This week 40 high school students in Santa Cruz County start a free, month-long CollegeSpring program to improve their college readiness. The program, run in collaboration with Santa Cruz County College Commitment (S4C), represents CollegeSpring’s first partnership in Santa Cruz County and a new, important asset to the public school system here.

The innovative courses will take place at Cabrillo College’s Aptos and Watsonville campuses from July 8th to August 9th. S4C is a county-wide collaborative of all K-12 school districts, Cabrillo College, CSU Monterey Bay, San Jose State University (SJSU) and the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC).

“We’re excited to expand our programming to reach students in Santa Cruz County,” said CollegeSpring Vice President of Programs, Julie Bachur Gopalan. “This partnership with S4C is an ideal way to connect low-income students with area colleges and help bridge the achievement gap.”

Working with individual schools, school networks, and other community organizations in the Bay Area and Los Angeles, CollegeSpring has served 4,400 high school students from low-income backgrounds since 2008 and expects to reach an additional 7,600 by 2015. The average SAT score boost of 180 points from participating in CollegeSpring’s academic-year or summer programs can mean the difference between being eligible for admission to a four-year state school or not. CollegeSpring’s emphasis on near-peer mentorship and a knowledge based curriculum help make college admission and completion more accessible.

“We’re delighted to bring the CollegeSpring courses to Santa Cruz County, to help all our students achieve their highest potential,” said Ray Kaupp, Executive Director of S4C. “Improving college readiness is part of the S4C mission, and CollegeSpring will equip students throughout the County with the skills and knowledge to be successful through the complex processes of admission to higher education.”

CollegeSpring operates on the premise that helping students both increase their SAT scores and navigate the college admissions process can have a major impact on student outcomes, narrowing the persistent economic divide on college campuses. Students from families that make more than $200,000 score an average of 359 points higher on the SAT than students whose families make less than $40,000. CollegeSpring’s outcomes build a strong case that, with the right support, low-income students are capable of increasing their eligibility for admission to four-year colleges and universities and enhancing their access to the proven long-term benefits associated with higher education.

Read the Santa Cruz Sentinel’s coverage here: Cabrillo College’s S4C partners with CollegeSpring

About CollegeSpring

Founded in 2008, CollegeSpring is the largest SAT preparation program explicitly designed to meet the needs of low-income and first-generation college students. It was founded on the belief that test preparation and college-readiness instruction should work together as an effective springboard to college. CollegeSpring’s program includes small-group mentoring with current undergraduates as well as instruction by professional teachers, so that students receive the personal and academic support they need to succeed. Learn more at

About Santa Cruz County College Commitment

The Santa Cruz County College Commitment (S4C) works to improve career and college readiness and completion for students, by facilitating collaboration among all educational institutions in the county. Located on the Cabrillo College campus and formed in May 2012, S4C is comprised of all K-12 school districts, Cabrillo College, CSU Monterey Bay, San Jose State University, University of California Santa Cruz, and the Santa Cruz County Office of Education. Lean more at

View the archived version of this press release: Innovative Program to Help Santa Cruz County Students Reach College