What is ALPHA?
The Alternative Learning Program for High Achievers is a self-contained class for students in third and fourth grades who have been identified as having exceptional academic abilities and who need a differentiated academic program.
When does it meet?
ALPHA is housed at Booker T. Washington Elementary School. Students who live in other district elementary attendance areas are bused from their home school to Booker T. Washington in the morning and returned to their home schools at the end of the school day. They ride the bus or walk to and from their home schools.
What special services does it offer?
Students in ALPHA receive a compacted accelerated program covering the basic curriculum in all areas. Each child is given instruction on his/her appropriate level and at a pace designed to best meet individual needs. In addition, special enrichment activities such as challenging individual and group projects broaden the curriculum to develop the gifted learner’s special abilities.
How are students identified for the district’s special programs?
Teachers, administrators, parents, or community members may nominate students for Capital School District’s gifted and talented programs. To request consideration for one of these programs, parents should contact the school office or the Capital School District Curriculum Office (857-4223) and request a nomination form. All eligible candidates are screened using a multi-criteria matrix approach, and placement decisions are made by a committee of teachers and administrators who are familiar with the special characteristics and needs of gifted learners.
How can parents or community members get more information?
Parents or community members who need more information about this or other Capital School District programs can contact the Curriculum Office or visit any of the District’s schools.