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Are you a 9th Grader?

Are you thinking about going to college? Consider joining my EAOP Cohort! As part of my cohort, you will have the opportunity to join FREE academic enrichment programs (please read description to the right), have engaging and consistent 1-on-1 advising, and attend bi-monthly grade level workshops. You can utilize me as much or as little as you want. My goal is to assist you in this process of figuring out what you want to do after high school. If you are interested, please pick up an application from me in the College and Career Center, B5.

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UC Berkeley Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP)

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What is EAOP?

EAOP is a state-wide college preparatory program sponsored by the University of California. For over 30 years, EAOP has helped students prepare for college by creating a community of young scholars and offering college-preparatory advising and academic enrichment opportunities. EAOP at UC Berkeley currently serves approximately 3,000 students from San Francisco, Contra Costa and Alameda counties.

The mission of EAOP at UC Berkeley is to prepare students from under-resourced communities for admission to colleges and universities. Students who are enrolled at an EAOP Partner School and maintain a 2.8 GPA or higher in their college preparatory coursework are eligible to apply to the program. Priority is given to students from low-income families and/or students who will be the first in their family to go to college. In general, students are invited to apply during the spring of their 9th grade year.

We accomplish our mission by:

  • Offering intensive academic enrichment opportunities including preparation for college entrance exam
  • Providing timely college preparatory information and advising
  • Creating workshops for parents to help them better support their students on their journey to college 


*Please note that in order to participate in any of the following enrichment programs, you must join my cohort by submitting an application, which can be found in the College and Career Center, B5.

Pre-College Academy

The Pre-College Academy (PCA) is a six-week summer academic enrichment program for students going into the 10th and 11th grades.  PCA students are enrolled in two courses, one in a theme based college writing course and another in math.  PCA also includes co-curricular activities that provide students with a chance to build community with other college bound students in the Bay Area.  


The SAT Academy prepares students to take the SAT Reasoning Test, an important component of the college admissions process.  This ten-week program begins in January and culminates with students taking the March SAT at no cost.  

UC Berkeley Summer Sessions

EAOP partners with UC Berkeley Summer Sessions to offer students the opportunity to enroll in a six-week UC Berkeley course during the summer.  EAOP students going into their senior year and who have a 3.5 GPA (weighted) or higher are eligible to apply.  Past courses have included Environmental Earth Sciences, Ethnic Studies, and Greek & Roman Mythology.  

Mr. Brandon Basa EAOP-DCAC Adviser

M-F 9:00AM- 4:30PM in the College & Career Center (B5)

Contact me for any questions or to set up an appointment:


*(510)723-3190 x63112 [call only]

*(925)338-9576 [text only]Brandon

Hello Tennyson community,

My name is Brandon Castillo Basa. I recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies.  As a first-generation, low-income college student, my time at Cal was difficult.  But with the support of my community, I was able to succeed through all the barriers that were present even before I set foot on campus.  I am excited with the opportunity to continue the work that many have already been doing to further promote a college going culture here at THS.