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 robot, Alphabot has arrived!!!
Jeanette Pulcine, a teaching assistant and Bev Holborow, a speech therapist have been trained in how to program the robot. He will soon be visiting classrooms and speech sessions.
Our PTO is conducting their annual Easter Candy fundraiser. They are also sponsoring an Easter Breakfast for all or our students, staff and their families at Applebee’s. The Easter Bunny will be there!!!
Our high school science department has a new pet, a Russian tortoise named Digger. He has a large glass cage that he lives in. The students are really enjoying getting to know him and caring for him as well.
Thanks to the generosity of the Jackson Elks, the Physical Therapy department now has a new bike that can be adjusted so that students of various heights can use it. It is wonderful to see students riding down the halls on our new shiny red bike!!!
Our Special Olympic teams have a busy time ahead. They are competing in bowling events in February and March. Soon our Special Olympic bocce team will begin practicing for their event which will take place later this school year at the College of New Jersey.
Our students are beginning to practice for our annual Spring Show. The theme this year is Alpha Favorites so each group is picking their favorite song. The list of song selections looks great!!!
Our therapy dog, Vegas, continues to come with Miss Bev, our speech therapist. Vegas loves working with our students and they really look forward to her visits.
Mrs. Tomaine continues to have Microscope Monday in her high school science classes. Every week, the students can be seen observing different items under the microscope. They are learning a lot and having fun too!!!
Mrs. Glassford and Mrs. Pulcine work with a small group of students to produce a school newspaper called Apha’s Adventures. They do a great job with pictures, articles, jokes and recipes. We look forward to each new monthly edition!
Mrs. Latham, our music therapist is working to prepare our Rhythm Band and Bell Choir for the Spring Show. She is also seeing students individually for voice, keyboard and guitar sessions. This is a great addition to our school program.