Campus: CSU, Hayward -- June 16, 2000

Free Summer University Program Offered to Oakland Students

Oakland students entering the eighth grade this fall may now enroll in one of six free summer sessions offered at either Merrit College in Oakland or at California State University, Hayward under the Successful Options for Academic Readiness program.

Registrations are being accepted at the Oakland Unified School District summer school office for the program, which will include free chaperoned, chartered buses from school sites and a free lunch every day.

More than 3,500 students in 14 Oakland schools are eligible for the instructional program by Cal State Hayward professors, Oakland teachers, mentors, parents and volunteers. The middle schools involved are Edna Brewer, Carter, Cole, Elmhurst, Frick, Bret Harte, Havenscourt, King Estates, Lowell, Madison, Roosevelt, Calvin Simmons, John Swett and Westlake.

The SOAR program is funded by a federal grant, administered by Cal State Hayward, which is designed to get Oakland middle school students to spend the next six years preparing for college admission in 2005.

Students have the option of enrolling in a morning or evening six week-session at Merritt College in Oakland from June 26 to Aug. 4, or one of four two-week sessions at Cal State Hayward.

More information is available by calling the Oakland Unified School District Summer School Office at 879-8253, the Project SOAR Hotline at 885-4114, or going to the Web site at

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