The Stratford Public School System recognizes that not all high school students can adjust to a traditional educational environment and that some need to receive more personalized academic assistance. Social, emotional and individual circumstances in the lives of these young adolescents create situations where success in the mainstream is not possible.
The A.L.P.H.A. program was developed to provide services for these students. With an enrollment of 55 students, A.L.P.H.A. provides students with the opportunity to participate in an educational program that provides for the least restrictive environment within the continuum of educational services. Students from Stratford and Bunnell High School are eligible for consideration in the program. A.L.P.H.A. also participates in an exchange program with the Milford School system and accept a limited number of students from Foran and Jonathan Law High School.
The program runs from 7:55AM to 12:40 pm at the Birdseye Municipal Complex. The staff consists of three classroom teachers, a social worker, two classroom assistants and the program administrator. Guidance services are provided by the counselors at base high school.
Students attending the A.L.P.H.A. Program must meet the same academic & graduation requirements as the other high school students in Stratford. The curriculum provided is a modification of the existing high school curriculum.
A.L.P.H.A. follows the same academic calendar as the high schools but credit is earned on a quarterly basis. At the end of each marking period, students earn 1/4 credit for each course passed. This provides students with immediate feedback on their success. The BOE policy on attendance has been modified at A.L.P.H.A. Students are limited to five (5) days absence for any marking period.
Enrollment in A.L.P.H.A. is limited by staff size and available space. Students or parents interested in getting information about the A.L.P.H.A. Program should contact their guidance counselor, high school administrator or call our office (385-4298). The referral process is ongoing with acceptance into A.L.P.H.A. limited to the beginning of each marking period.