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Continuous Progress Alternative Program At Vista Grande

Goals and Philosophy

The objective of the CPAP program is to help each student reach his or her potential. Our goals for the program include strategic support and enrichment designed to engage students, support their teachers, and enhance the classroom-learning environment. Academic instruction is based on the traditional district curriculum, and we endeavor to augment with the following enhancements:

  • Lower student to adult ratio, achieved by use of trained para-professional aides and parent participation:
    • Approximately 24.5 hours per week of para-professional support, including 5 hours per week targeted specifically for reading in grades K-2, and math in grades 3-5
    • Parents are provided opportunities to voluntarily participate both inside and outside the classroom
  • Spanish language enrichment instruction grades K-5 (1 hour weekly)
  • Students remain together as they transition from grade to grade, facilitating consistency and a deep level of camaraderie in their social and learning environment. 
  • Additional classroom materials resources

Para-professional support, Spanish instruction and classroom resources targets are based on our ability to fundraise $1,125 per student* to meet our annual operating budget. Should our fundraising efforts not be sufficient to provide these enhancements, adjustments to the program will be made.


*Fundraising goal is determined yearly by the Advisory Board upon approval of the operating budget for the following school year.


Admission Policy

Admission to the CPAP program is in accordance with the San Ramon Valley Unified District’s enrollment procedures for alternative programs.


Admission to the program is determined according to the following guidelines:

  • The program is open to any student within the SRVUSD boundaries
  • There is no screening process; acceptance is determined solely on classroom space available, with priority given to siblings of CPAP students
  • Class gender balance will be taken into consideration when placing students
  • If necessary to prevent diversions, priority may be given to Vista Grande resident students
  • An application for the program along with a signed support statement can be submitted for any grade at any time
  • In the event the class is full, the child will be placed at the end of the waiting list for the applicable class, and parents will be contacted as openings occur
  • Parents with children who are offered a space in the program must accept or decline within the specified timeframe
  • If the parent declines the space offered to the child, the child will be removed from the waiting list unless the parent requests the child remain on the list, at which time the child will be placed at the end of the list

Kindergarten admission guidelines:

  • A family with a child currently enrolled in the program (K-5), or a sibling who previously completed the program through 5th grade is awarded sibling priority
  • Remaining Kindergarten class space will be filled using the lottery system
  • Parents with children who are offered a space via lottery will be contacted the day of the lottery and should be prepared to accept or decline upon contact
  • Attendance at a Parent Information Meeting prior to enrollment is required for all entering Kindergarten students (non-sibling). This ensures that the parents are making an informed judgment as to whether the program is appropriate for their child.

CPAP Board Meeting Schedule for the 2015/2016 School Year

All Alternative Program parents are invited and encouraged to attend our CPAP Board Meetings.
Upcoming Alternative Program Board Meetings: 
September 15 - Board Meeting at 7:00 PM
October 13 - Board Meeting at 8:45 AM
November 17 - Board Meeting at 8:45 AM
December 15 - Board Meeting at 8:45 AM
January 19 - Board Meeting at 8:45 AM
March 8 - Annual Parent Information Night at 7 PM
March 15 - Board Meeting at 8:45 AM
March 28 - Kindergarten Lottery (Non-Siblings)
April 19 - Board Meeting at 8:45 AM
May 17 - Board Meeting at 8:45 AM

All meetings are held in room 207

Parent Reps / Board Members 2015-2016

Chair - Kirsten Branch

Secretary - Jessica Peterman

Co-Treasurer - Laura Beaver

Co-Treasurer - Debbi Wolf

Fundraising - Kim Nowlin

Communications - OPEN

Recruitment - Maria Nishikawa

Community Service - Candy Garvey     


Faculty / Staff Representative

Hansen, Patricia

Alternative Staff

Allio, Kristin
Teacher - Grade 2 - Alternative
Bownas, Heidi
Teacher - Grade 4 - Alternative
Collins, Leslie
Teacher - Grade 5 - Alternative
Flores, Gina
Teacher - Kindergarten - Alternative
Forster, Janice
Teacher - Grade 1 - Alternative
Russell, Heather
Teacher - Grade 3 - Alternative
Tate, Lindsay
Teacher - Grade 2 - Alternative