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Continuous Progress Alternative Program (CPAP)

CPAP Board Meeting Dates

Virtually Via Zoom @ 7:00 PM

All families are invited and encouraged to attend the Board Meetings.

September 17

October 15

November 12

December 10

January 21

February 11

March 18

April 22

May 20

Faculty / Staff Representative
CPAP Teachers
Contact Heidi Bownas  Heidi Bownas Teacher - 4th Grade - Alternative
Contact Leslie Collins  Leslie Collins Teacher - 5th Grade - Alternative
Contact Gina Flores  Gina Flores Teacher - Kindergarten - Alternative
Contact Cindy Hildebrand  Cindy Hildebrand Teacher - 3rd Grade - Alternative
Contact Ashley Jenkins  Ashley Jenkins Teacher - 1st Grade- Alternative
Contact Jessica Montevago  Jessica Montevago Teacher - 2nd Grade - Alternative

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What is the Continuous Progress Alternative Program (CPAP)?

CPAP is a San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD) elementary alternative program.  Our program is open to all elementary students in SRVUSD.  We are located at Vista Grande Elementary because we were founded by Vista Grande parents in partnership with SRVUSD over 30 years ago.  The term "continuous progress" in our program name refers to our program belief that student progress should be continuous with curriculum and instruction tailored to meet individual student needs.  Our approach is to challenge students individually to work to their highest ability.  We seek to build within each student a sense of responsibility, self-discipline, confidence, and pride in accomplishment in a nurturing environment.

CPAP classes use SRVUSD initiatives, curriculum and instruction combined with the following enhancements:

  • Lower student to adult ratio, achieved through trained classroom paraeducators (teacher assistants ).  For approximately 5 hours/day, the student to adult ratio is lowered from 24:1 to 12:1 in grades K-3 and from 30:1 to 15:1 in grades 4-5.*  
    • Approximately 24.5 hours/week of paraeducator support, including 5 hours/week of targeted reading support for grades K-2 and math support for grades 3-5.
  • Spanish language enrichment instruction for grades K-5 (30 minutes of instruction, twice a week for grades K-3 and 1 hour of instruction, once per week for grades 4-5).
  • Longer school day in first grade (follows same bell schedule as 2-5 grade) 
  • Additional classroom resources and staff collaboration time (one half-day for CPAP teachers to collaborate with one another and one half-day for CPAP teachers to collaborate with their paraeducators).
  • Consistent class groupings.  Students remain together as they transition from grade to grade, facilitating consistency and a deep level of camaraderie in their social and learning environment.  One class in each grade K-5 on the Vista Grande campus participates in CPAP.
  • Innovation.  CPAP offers innovation grants for teachers to innovate both inside the classroom and/or outside the classroom with their CPAP or grade level peers.
  • A strong partnership between home and school.  Parents are provided regular opportunities to volunteer both inside and outside the classroom.  An Advisory Board comprised of both parents and staff, guides CPAP.

* Classroom paraeducator support, Spanish instruction, and classroom resource targets are based on our ability to fundraise $1,150 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.


How do I get my child into this program?


     1.  Complete an Application.  Click HERE to access an application!

  • Applications for the Kindergarten Lottery must be submitted to the Vista Grande Office by Friday March 13, 2020 to qualify for the kindergarten lottery. 
  • Applications for grades 1-5 are accepted at any time.  We anticipate openings in grades 4 and 5 due to SRVUSD's class size increase at these grade levels.  Our sibling priority policy is applicable to all siblings of 4th and 5th graders.  
  • Please refer to the application for our admission policies.

     2.  Attend a Mandatory Parent Orientation.

  • Parents applying for Kindergarten are required to attend the CPAP Information Night on Tuesday February 25, 2020 at 7pm in the Vista Grande MPR.
  • Parents applying for grades 1-5 may attend the CPAP Information Night on Tuesday February 25, 2020 or New Family Orientation on Tuesday August 25, 2020.
  • If you are unable to attend a mandatory orientation, please contact prior to the date of the orientation.

     3.  Kindergarten Lottery 

  • The Kindergarten Lottery will take place Monday March16 according to the CPAP Kindergarten Admission Policy (see New Student Application for details). 

CPAP 20/21 Board Members

Chair: Katie Berger

Vice Chair: Erin Moayedi

Secretary: Sara Cohn

Treasurers: Lara Forbes and Kim Powell

Membership Chair: Amanda Butland

Outreach Chair: Annelise Bjannes

Community Service Chair: Lauren Fusco

Communications Chair: Sophia de Bruyn and Katie Berger

Classroom Reps 20/21

Kindergarten: Karthi Parker

1st:                    Annie Chang

2nd:                  Erin Tarjan

3rd:                   Debbe Hanleigh

4th:                   Krissy Poole

5th:                   OPEN