Learning how to play and socialize with others is a critical aspect of a child's social-emotional development. For young children with special needs, this type of play may not come as naturally compared to their neurotypical peers. Difficulty learning how to play with others can be due to a range of factors, including but not limited to: Lack of verbal communication skills Difficulty with sensory input or overstimulation
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.
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.
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.
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.
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