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.
Our 2013-14 school year is off to a great start. We are planning on having more assemblies for our students. We are having a Fire Prevention assembly in October and we have the penguins from Jenkinson’s Aquarium coming in January. We also plan on having a creative movement workshop sometime during the school year.
We are going to be working with Rutgers University in a dog therapy program. There is a study being done on the impact of dog therapy on children with autism and they have asked us to be a part of the study. It will be wonderful to be part of this program.
Our students are settling into their new classrooms and forming new relationships with the staff in their classrooms. Our clubs will be starting in October. We will have clubs that include fitness, cooking, baking, candy making, cheerleading, games, communication, stress relief, video games, crafts and shopping.
Our Special Olympic Bowling Team is starting to practice to get ready for their tournaments. They practice at Ocean Lanes in Lakewood. They are all very excited about the new season. We will be cheering them on!!!
Classes are also starting to select song for our annual Holiday Show. I know it is the beginning of the school year, but the holidays will be here before we know it. It takes a lot of work to get the show together so the children will be practicing soon!!!
Our teachers are going to be visiting Harbor and Gateway schools to observe the activities that their peers are doing. The teachers from those schools will be visiting us as well. This will give all our teachers the opportunity to share different techniques or strategies to help improve their teaching skills.
Lisa Glassford who assists us with our technology is going to be helping teachers to start to make websites that our parents can visit to see what is happening in their child’s classroom. This will be an ongoing activity during the school year.
Eileen Trainor and her staff are already starting to collect food for the Hunger Challenge that the Monmouth and Ocean County Food Bank sponsor each year. We are hoping that we will be the champions again this year!!!