Details overview

Hours 07:45 AM - 02:30 PM
School leader Margaret E. Ruefle
Transportation options Yes

Programs

Basic school information

Dress code Uniforms
Religious affiliation Catholic
Schedule Double periods
Homeroom/advisory
Traditional
Day or Boarding offered Day school
Type of school Faith-based
Coed/Single-gender Coed

Academic focus and philosophy

Educational philosophy and approach to learning We believe in introducing students to rigorous learning with a heavy dose of fun and engagement. Multiple approaches, hands on experience and differentiated learning allow us to engage all students in all classes. Students should be honored, loved, and challenged. We train them to utilize a variety of skills and tools which will stay with them beyond our school which lead them confidently into honors programs in High Schools.
Academic themes / Areas of focus Arts (all)
Mathematics
Music
Performing arts
Religious
Science
Technology
Visual arts
World languages
Writing

Classes

3
Visual Arts
including: Drawing / Sketching
4
Music
including: Instrumental and theory music lessons
1
Languages
including: Spanish
Music Band
Choir / Chorus
Instrumental and theory music lessons
Theory
Performing & written arts Creative writing
Drama
Media arts Computer animation
Technical design and production
Video and film production
Visual arts Design
Drawing / Sketching
Painting
World languages taught Spanish
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered None

Support

16
Facilities
including: Natural area
Facilities Art room
Auditorium
Cafeteria
Computer lab
Gym
Kitchen
Library
Multi-purpose room ("Cafegymatorium")
Music room
Natural area
Performance stage
Playground
Chapel / spiritual reflection center
Science lab
Sports Fields
Swimming pool
Extra learning resources Acceleration
Differentiated learning programs
Mentoring
Tutoring

Early childhood program

Early childhood program offered No

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Students

Student diversity

  This school State average
White 87% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Hispanic 1% 9%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Black 0% 15%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: See notes

Extracurriculars

7
Girls Sports
including: Cross country
7
Boys Sports
including: Basketball
17
Clubs
including: Homework help / Study buddy club
Girls sports Basketball
Cross country
Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
PE classes
Soccer
Swimming
Volleyball
Boys sports Basketball
Cross country
Lacrosse
Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
PE classes
Soccer
Swimming
Clubs Book / reading club
Boy Scouts
Chess club
Cooking club
Community service
Drama club
Forensics club
Girl Scouts
Homework help / Study buddy club
Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
Math club
Robotics club
Science club
Student council / government
Student newspaper
Technology club
Yearbook
Extended care / Extended programs Before
Before school start time 07:00 AM
After school end time 06:00 PM

Culture

Parent involvement Attend parent nights
Chaperone school trips
Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
Join PTO / PTA
Organize cultural events
Organize fundraising events
Present special topics during curricular units
Serve on school improvement team or governance council
Volunteer in the classroom
Volunteer time after school
Students typically come from these schools Montessori Pre-schools
  Heartprints
  Goddard
Students typically continue on to these schools Vincentian HS
  Oakland Catholic
  Central Catholic
Parent involvement details We are a close knit community. Parents are able to volunteer in a variety of roles if they choose in the pool, the library, the lunch room, the classroom, the sports program or many other avenues. We see each other socially, at school gatherings such as the Gala and the Ice Cream social. We encourage a partnership in learning and have an open door to our community with administration and an assigned communications director.
Approach to addressing and preventing bullying The structure of our community and program goes a long way to preventing such issues form arising but we also utilize the P.A.T.H.s program in grades 1-5 as a preventative tool with positive academic and social outcomes. This is taught by a licensed professional. Students will also speak with faculty and the principal to learn conflict resolution tools instead of just punitive measures. Middle School grades have close relationships with multiple faculty whom can step in as advisors.

Awards

Academic award PA Junior Academy of Science
Year received 2017
Academic award PA Forensics Competition
Year received 2017

Teachers

10
Staff
including: Teacher aide / assistant teacher
Staff Assistant principal
Gifted Specialist
Librarian / media specialist
Nurse
Reading specialist
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
School counselor
Speech therapist(s)
Teacher aide / assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
World languages spoken by staff Spanish

Neighborhood

Transportation options Accessible via public transportation
Partnerships with local resources and organizations Yes
Partner Diocese of Pittsburgh

Enrollment

Application/ enrollment process details We accept applications throughout the school year. Families should reach out to schedule a tour and review the application material. Shadow days are scheduled for students following family tours. The school does utilize a wait list in grade sections which become filled. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten applications we advise 18 months in advance.
Learn more Http://www.alphaschool.org/page-apply.aspx
Application requirements Application
Application fee
Recommendations
Transcript
Type of application deadline Contact the school / Multiple deadlines
Application fee amount $250
Application fee waivers available? No
Tuition range (low) $4000
Tuition range (high) $8000
For the year 2016-2017
Financial aid offered Outside scholarships
Vouchers accepted No
# of applications received 40
For the year 2013-2014
# of students accepted 40
For the year 2013-2014

Sources

Student diversity NCES, 2011-2012