Please join us to learn about the Vista Grande Continuous Progress Alternative Program. The Program is open to all elementary school students in the San Ramon Valley School District. It encourages 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:
- Alternative classes have a lower child to adult ratio, achieved through paid aides and parent volunteers. Each class has approximately 24.5 hours per week of para-professional help, including 5 hours of time with a specialized reading aide (grades K-2) or math aide (grades 3-5).
- Students in Grades 1 and 2 receive an additional 45 minutes of instruction per day than in the Traditional Program.
Students receive the enrichment of Spanish instruction, beginning in Kindergarten.
Students remain together as they transition from grade to grade, facilitating consistency and a deep level of camaraderie in their social and learning environment.
- 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 each student pays for para-educators, Spanish instruction, supplies and other essentials deemed necessary by the classroom teacher and/or Alternative Program Board. This is an annual donation, requested at the beginning of each school year that a child participates in the program.
Students are chosen by lottery to participate in this program. Participation at the Information Night is required for new families.