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
Our annual food drive went very well. We won the Champion Award from the Monmouth Ocean Food Bank for the most pounds collected per student. We are very proud of this award. It is a wonderful opportunity for our students to help others.
We now have a school newspaper, “Alpha’s Adventures” that comes out once a month. Two of our students work together with two staff members put together articles, jokes, recipes and pictures. It is a great idea and everyone enjoys reading it.
Our High School students are excited about the upcoming Valentine’s Day Dance and our Elementary students are going to have a Valentine’s Day party sponsored by the Jackson Elks. Some of our students have been busy creating posters for the Elks Annual Poster Contest. We have had some our posters win in the past and we are hoping that some of our students will win some of the cash prizes that are available.
Our Special Olympic Bowling Team did very well at their first event. All of our bowlers got gold, silver or bronze medals. They will be moving on to the next competition in February.
Our Cheerleading and Stomp Squads are busy practicing. They will be traveling with our hockey team to cheer them on at the next inter-mural event in March.
Believe it or not, we are getting ready for our Spring Show. Our theme this year is Americana. Staff are working with students to decide what song they will perform to. It should be a great show!
Mrs. Tomaine is doing a fabulous job with her high school Science classes. She is using microscopes in her classes. Every Friday she has Sci-Fri Day. Experiments are done to coincide with the lessons she has taught that week. It was a lot of fun to make clouds in a microwave!!!
Mrs. Tomaine also teaches Culinary Arts. The students are working on following directions to create basic recipes. They enjoy culminating the lesson in eating what they prepared.
Mrs. Glassford has done some great science experiments with her class. She has done a tornado in a bottle and recycling in a baggie. Our teachers are so creative.