Welcome to Alpha School in Jackson, NJ | A Special Needs School in NJ

Welcome to Alpha School

A special needs school in New Jersey, that provides educational, therapeutic and support services for students ages 5-21 with a range of special needs in Ocean, Monmouth, Burlington, Mercer, and other surrounding counties.

Alpha School will have a 1:00pm dismissal for students on Wednesday, May 10. 2023

Here at the Alpha School in Jackson, New Jersey we are dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing educational environment for our students. We are a special needs school in Ocean County, New Jersey dedicated to helping students with learning, social, language, and behavioral challenges. Our range of programs address autism, behavioral, speech, life skills and transition needs.

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Congratulations to our students at Alpha School
We are so proud of our students Nevaeh and Michael for their selected artwork to be featured in the AENJ NJPAC Winter Exhibit.

The event is on February 12, 2023. Click here to see the award letter, and be sure to visit after the event for photos. 

In addition, a much-appreciated acknowledgment to our art teacher Sarah Stockton for guiding our students to express themselves with such creativity and passion.

AENJ NJPAC Winter Exhibit 2023

Alpha School Highlight

With so many resources regarding special education available, it’s helpful to know where many of them are rooted. That’s the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which was most recently updated in 2015. Can IDEA Help Me Access Special Education? The purpose of IDEA is to ensure education for students with special needs as well as see that educators and parents have access to resources. Overall, it is to

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Your Student

For Child Study Team Members

At Alpha School, we understand the complexities and challenges when finding the best fit for your student that satisfies both the child’s needs and IEP goals, but also the support a parent needs to be part of our family with the goal of ensuring growth and achievements for your challenging student.

Click below to download a quick fact sheet that can help you familiarize yourself with our diverse and comprehensive programs.

special education teacher helping a student with handwriting skills


Our academic programs include Language Arts Literacy, Mathematics, Health, Science, and Social Studies. We also provide instruction in Social Skills, Music Therapy, Art, Career Education, and Physical Education.

One of several special needs schools in NJ teaching life skills.

Life Skills

This program focuses on everyday living skills for students with communication, learning, social and emotional challenges. Students are engaged in ADL activities such as personal hygiene, laundry, cooking and prevocational skills.

Using dog therapy with autistic spectrum students

Support Services

Alpha School offers Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapy. In addition, Counseling and Nursing services are available. Behavioral support includes consultation with a BCBA.


STEM and Technology

Technological supports utilized at Alpha School include our STEM Lab, white boards with mimeo systems, computers, Ipads, personal and classroom FM systems, and “Alphabot” our personal robot!

Watch our Alpha School Tour Video!

Come and take a visual tour of our school in Jackson, New Jersey. Experience and hear from some of our staff and support team to better understand and appreciate what we have been doing for students with special needs since 1980.

In this short video you will get an overview of our services from Academic programs, Behavioral and Mental Health support, Related and Support Services including our Transition and Job Training program.

So come on over and see a glimpse of what we have to offer students ranging in ages 5-21.

Alpha School's Garden Program was featured on Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station in 2021.

Here at Alpha School, we are proud of our continued Garden Program, which has enlightened our students on the scientific knowledge and the social, physical, emotional, and mental benefits of gardening. Read more about this in our featured article Benefits of Gardening in Special Needs Population.

sara martin alpha school garden program
John Gonzalez Principal Alpha School

Since its inception in 1980, the Alpha School has welcomed hundreds of children through our doors with open arms. We accept children ranging in age from five to twenty-one with various disabilities including autism, down’s syndrome, communication, learning and social and emotional disabilities. We work with each child as an individual with their own unique areas of strength and areas that require special attention. 

– John Gonzalez, Principal at Alpha School, Jackson, NJ