Welcome to the Alpha School
The Alpha School is truly a unique environment for children
with special needs. Each child is accepted as an individual
with their own unique areas of strength and areas that require
Our certified teachers, therapists and assistants are very committed to their work at Alpha School. We have very little turnover of staff. Our gym and art teacher have been with us
for over twenty five years. The average length of time that our teaching staff has been working with us is 10 years. There are
a large number of assistants who have worked with us for more than 15 years. This consistency and continuity of our dedicated employees allows our students to work with staff who have developed a high degree of expertise in all areas of special education
The best way to introduce you to our school is to give you some
of the words that our parents use to describe their child’s school. They use words like inviting, relaxed, secure, friendly, caring, warm, nurturing, family oriented, comforting, organized, welcoming, professional, positive, happy, up lifting and supportive. There is no other way to say it better than that.
Principal, Alpha School
View our award winning documentary titled I am an artist. This preview represents the heartwarming documentary about how art can transform a child with a variety of disabilites, to an artist having their creations in a gallery.
To Brooke’s Alpha family:
Rob and I cannot thank you enough for your tireless commitment and dedication to Brooke. Over the years, Brooke has been in several school programs where individuals went through the motions but did not teach from the heart. This was very discouraging to us, which is why we did not give up the fight to find a better “home” for Brooke; a home filled with professionals that believe in Brooke and will challenge her to reach her potential.
Today’s holiday show was proof to us that Brooke has found her home away from home. The show left us speechless and her outfit was breathtaking! Thank you all for giving Rob and me the best holiday gift ever.. . the comfort of knowing that Brooke is well taken care of every day.
Have a wonderful holiday season!
With gratitude, Lori & Rob
We are busy preparing for our Spring Show in which we will be honoring America through song and music. All of our staff and students are busy practicing and preparing costumes. Miss Amanda, our music therapist is busy getting our Bell Choir and Rhythm Band ready to perform.
The Jackson Rotary donated a therapeutic scooter to our school. Miss Beth our PT is using it with some of our students and they are really enjoying it as well as improving their gross motor skills. Miss Beth is also waiting for a specially adapted bike to be delivered. This was a donation from the Jackson Elks. We are very fortunate to have these groups donating much needed items to our school.
Our Extended Year School Program will start on July 6th and end on August 14th. This year we will be having an international theme so we will be learning about other countries. We will have an international food festival and Irish step dancers will be performing. There will also be classes in drama and of course our annual trip to Breakwater Beach in Seaside.
Our students are enjoying all of our end of year activities. Our senior class trip to New York City was wonderful. They had lunch at the Hard Rock Café and then they saw the Broadway hit show, Aladdin. A great time was had by all!!! We also have our annual Field Day event coming up at the end of May. Mrs. Moore our gym teacher will have lots of activities for everyone to participate in. Our therapy staff will prepare and serve a great barbecue lunch.
Our alumni will be gathering at First Energy Park for a barbecue and to watch a ball game on Thursday, May 21st. It will be wonderful to some of our former students again. We will have the chance to share past memories and make some new ones. Our Special Olympic Bocce team is busy practicing for the Special Olympic Games that will take place in June at the College of New Jersey. Our team always does us proud!!!
Graduation for our seniors will take place on Friday, June 12th. We have seven students graduating. It will be a bittersweet day for all of us and their families.
All of our teachers, therapists and assistants have done a great job this school year. It is a privilege to work with such dedicated and caring individuals. They truly give their all to all of our students.