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About Alpha Public Schools

Mission

Alpha students, families and teachers collaborate to develop the 21st century academic skills and character strengths students need for success in school, college and career. Together we create self-reliant leaders committed to making positive change in the world.

 

Vision

Students from underserved communities are prepared to compete successfully on life’s uneven playing field— to struggle, to overcome and to thrive.

 

Our Story

Alpha Public Schools is a network of public charter schools that aims to put middle and high school students on the path to college success – and keep them there. All Alpha students will develop not only the knowledge, but also the skills and character traits they will need to succeed in college and career.

Founded in 2010 by a dedicated, experienced team that has achieved extraordinary academic results with students in other low-income urban communities, Alpha was created in response to overwhelming community and parent demand in the San Francisco Bay Area. In fall 2012, we opened our first school, Alpha: Blanca Alvarado Middle School, in east San Jose, California. The school serves grades 6-8. In fall 2014, we opened Alpha: José Hernández Middle School, which serves grades 5-8. Alpha: Cindy Avitia High School opened its doors to a founding class of 9th grade students in fall 2015, and now serves grades 9-10 (and will grow to serve grades 9-12). In 2016, Alpha joined forces with the highly acclaimed Cornerstone Academy, and now operates its first K-8 school at Alpha: Cornerstone Academy Preparatory School.

Alpha continues to develop its blended learning school model – which uses technology to empower great teachers and inspire active learning – and is preparing to open additional schools in 2014 and beyond. Alpha is supported by a range of local organizations, national foundations, and educational advisors who believe in Alpha’s pioneering new approach to public education.