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Continuous Progress Alternative Program at Vista Grande


The Continuous Progress Alternative Program (CPAP), held at Vista Grande Elementary School, is open to all students in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.  

Philosophy/Program Description

CPAP is a San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD) elementary alternative education program.  The program is open to all elementary students in the SRVUSD.  It is located at Vista Grande Elementary because the program was originally founded by Vista Grande parents in partnership with SRVUSD over 30 years ago.  The term "continuous progress" in the program name refers to the program belief that student progress should be continuous, with curriculum and instruction tailored to meet individual student needs.  The approach is to challenge students individually to work to their highest ability and 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).  

  • 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.

  • 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.  Active parent participation is a key component. Parents are provided regular opportunities to volunteer both inside and outside the classroom.  An Advisory Board comprised of both parents and staff, guides CPAP.

Paraprofessional support, Spanish instruction and classroom resources are offered based on the program's ability to fundraise to meet a yearly annual operating budget. Should fundraising efforts not be sufficient to provide enhancements, adjustments to the program will be made.

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Who is eligible?

The program is open to all students within the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. There is no screening process and acceptance is determined solely on a space available basis with priority given to siblings. If necessary, to prevent diversions, priority may be given to Vista Grande resident students.

Attendance at a Parent Information Meeting prior to enrollment is required for all entering students. This ensures that the parents are making an informed decision as to whether the program is appropriate for their child.

How do I apply for the program?

Important: You must complete the entire SRVUSD kindergarten online enrollment and school site registration process at your resident school in addition to applying to the CPAP.

  1.  Complete an Application.  Applications are available on the CPAP webpage.

  • Applications for grades 1-5 are accepted at any time.  The program's sibling priority policy is applicable to all siblings of 4th and 5th graders.  

  • Please refer to the application for more information.

 2.  Attend a Mandatory Parent Orientation.

  • Parents applying for Kindergarten are required to attend the CPAP Information Night. Date TBA.

  • Parents applying for grades 1-5 may attend either the CPAP Information Night or New Family Orientation. Dates TBA.

  • If you are unable to attend a mandatory orientation, please contact prior to the date of the orientation.

Need more information?

You may contact the CPAP Advisory Board via email at