Frequently Asked Questions about Alpha School a special needs school in NJ

Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a sampling of some of the most common questions that come up during an initial visit to Alpha School.

In addition some of these questions come up upon the students’ acceptance into our school. If you should have any further questions please call us at 732-370-1150.

How long is the school day?

Our school day is 8:00am to 3:00pm for staff and 8:30am to 2:30pm for students.

During the school year, from September to June, an extended day Social Skills program runs until 4:00pm Mondays through Thursdays for students and families that opt to participate.

What is the ratio of staff to students?

The staff to student ratio in most classes is under 2:1. This is determined by the class size and the needs of the students in each class. Each class is led by the lead teacher and supported by paraprofessionals.

How do you handle behavior issues?

We practice CPI, Crisis Prevention and Intervention. All staff is trained on de-escalation strategies.

Are the staff certified?

All teachers and therapists are NJ State certified.

How many students are in a class?

Class sizes are determined by age and needs of students. Classes can range to as many as 10-12 students. Presently class sizes range from 5-7 students.

Can I observe my child in the classroom?

Classroom observations can be arranged by appointment.

How long are speech, occupational and physical therapy sessions?

Sessions are typically 25-30 minutes.

Is the therapy done individually or in a group?

Therapies occur both individually as well as group. Groups occur in small settings or as push-ins into the classroom.

How is transportation provided?

Transportation is provided and arranged by the sending district.

How can the parent/guardian communicate with the staff?

Parents/guardians can communicate with staff through multiple means and what their preference is. Phone, email, notebook/communication log, and/or ClassDojo application.

What will determine the child's acceptance in the Alpha School?

A child’s acceptance will be determined based on an intake visit to the school and in collaboration with the sending district and family. Acceptance will be based on Alpha School being an appropriate fit as agreed upon by all parties.

How soon can the child begin school at Alpha?

Once accepted a new student can begin as soon as approved by the sending district and transportation can be arranged.

If you would like to move forward and consider admission to the Alpha School, please call today at 732.370.1150