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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
February 17 - Annual Parent Information Night at 7 PM
March 8 - Kindergarten Lottery (Non-Siblings)
March 15 - Board Meeting at 8:45 AM
April 19 - Board Meeting at 8:45 AM
May 17 - Board Meeting at 8:45 AM

All meetings are held in room 207

A Unique Elementary Education Opportunity

A Unique Elementary Education Opportunity

Join us to learn about the San Ramon Valley School District’s Continuous Progress Alternative Program at Vista Grande


Continuous Progress Alternative Program

Information Night for 2015/2016 School Year

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

7:00 p.m.

Vista Grande School Multipurpose Room

667 Diablo Road, Danville, CA


What is Vista Grande’s Continuous Progress Alternative program (CPAP)?

The goal of the Vista Grande Alternative Program is to encourage students to progress to the best of their potential.  Active parent participation is a strong component, as is instruction that utilizes whole class, flexible small grouping, and one-on-one instruction. Academic instruction is based on the traditional district curriculum and augmented with the following elements:

  • Lower student-adult ratio through trained para-professional aides
  • Approximately 24.5 hours per week of para-professional help, including 5 hours per week with a reading aide (grades K-2) or math aide (grades 3-5)*
  • Spanish language instruction at all grade levels
  • Additional money for classroom supplies*

*Additional classroom supplies and para-professional time are made possible through donations made to the CPAP program.

The CPAP program is open to all students in the San Ramon Valley School District.

How do I get my child into this program? 

  • Applications are available on the Vista Grande school website. Applications must be completed and submitted to the Vista Grande Office by February 27, 2015.
  • To ensure a complete understanding of the program and its expectations, parents of incoming Kindergarten students are required to attend a Program Information Night at Vista Grande. If for any reason you cannot attend Program Information Night, you must contact the Program Chairperson at before February 18, 2015.
  • Applications are chosen by lottery in March 2015, according to the Kindergarten Admission Policy for the program.
  • Parents with children who are offered a space via the Kindergarten lottery will be contacted the day of the lottery and must be prepared to accept or decline entrance to the program upon contact.
  • We anticipate openings in the 4th and 5th grade Continuous Progress classes as well.  Younger siblings of 4th and 5th graders will be given priority entrance into the program.


What Is the Vista Grande Continuous Progress Program?

The Vista Grande Continuous Progress Program, which began in 1984, is based on a philosophy that encourages teachers to challenge students, with the support of aides and parents, to work to the best of their ability as they move through the elementary school program. Its goal is to build within students a sense of responsibility, self-discipline, confidence and pride in their accomplishments in a nurturing environment – in short, to progress to the best of their potential.

The Continuous Progress Program offers several features that distinguish it from the traditional program, including Spanish instruction, increased one-on-one time with teachers and paraprofessional aides,additional class time for first and second grades, and a consistent classmate environment from year to year. The collective cooperation of home and school ensures the best possible learning environment for students. Academic instruction is based on the traditional district curriculum and augmented with the following elements:

  • Grade 1 has a longer school day than the traditional program.
  • Classes have a lower child to adult ratio, achieved through paid aides and parent volunteers. All grades have classroom aides for 19.5 hours per week, plus additional time with a specialized reading aide.
  • All students receive the enrichment of Spanish instruction, beginning with kindergarten.
  • The program relies on active parent participation in and out of the classroom, as well as frequent communication between parents and teachers.
  • An annual donation from parents pays for classroom para-educators, Spanish instructor, supplies and other essentials deemed necessary by the classroom teacher and/or Continuous Progress Program Board. The parent donation, determined annually by the board, is necessary for the operation and continuation of the program.
  • Students stay together in the same class from grade to grade, facilitating consistency and a deep level of camaraderie in their social and learning environment.

Who Is Eligible?

The Continuous Progress Program is open to all students in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. Acceptance is determined on a space available basis with priority given to siblings. If necessary, to prevent diversions, priority may be given to Vista Grande resident students. 

How Do I Apply for the Program?

After you have completed the entire kindergarten registration process at your resident school, you can get further information and pick up an application at the Vista Grande school office or on this website to the left. All paperwork should be returned to the Vista Grande office. Applications will be chosen by lottery according to the kindergarten admission policy for the program. In addition, applications may be submitted anytime for grades 1 through 5.

Who Do I Contact?

Vista Grande Elementary School

667 Diablo Road

Danville, CA 94526

(925) 314-1000

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 Representatives

Patricia Hansen, Principal

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