Alpha

Success comes from hard work and ingenuity

Alpha is a private school network with roots in Austin, Texas and campuses throughout the state. Our model is based on three promises we make to our students and their families:

PROMISE 1

Love school

Students engage and ultimately succeed when they want to be in school. Everything else – from learning and hard work to creativity and risk taking – follows.

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PROMISE 2

Learn twice as fast

Adaptive technology, an innovative schedule, and the self-agency of each student together create an environment where content is completed in half the time.

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PROMISE 3

Master life skills

Practical life skills such as public speaking, focus, giving & receiving feedback, personal finance, and subject-matter expertise are incorporated into all Alpha workshops and projects.

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Watch Alpha’s three promises in action 

Popular Alpha Workshops

While workshop offerings change with every seven weeks (and our Guides are constantly outdoing themselves), the workshops below, offered by age, represent some favorites our students continue to ask for each year.

We’re in Business!

What happens when early elementary-aged students receive a loan to start their own business? Students embark on an entrepreneurship adventure to learn about the basics of personal finance as they experience how it feels to hatch a business idea, receive a loan, put the business idea to action, and pay the loan back.

RoboOlympics

Calling all coding competitors! This Olympics-themed workshop is centered around building simple robots to compete in a Robot Decathlon (or maybe… a RoboThon?). Students build a tricked-out Raspberry Pi buggy to carry them through a series of courses and speed runs in hopes of becoming a RoboOlympian.

Now You See Me

Have you ever seen a toothpick disappear? Students perfect sleight of hand tricks as they explore and practice how to be an engaging performer. Confidence and control are critical as students give feedback on their peers’ performances in preparation for the culminating magic show.

Party Planning Committee

Who doesn’t love a good party? Students try their hand at coordinating a budget, theme, intricate logistics, and a few curveballs for their fictional client’s on-campus event. The best part? Students of all levels get to enjoy the carefully-designed party as the culminating project, and party planners get real feedback from their peers.

Great Alpha Bake Off

Got a sweet tooth? In this workshop, students teach themselves how to bake by utilizing the endless number of cooking and baking resources on the internet. Final competitions put newly-acquired skills to the test through a signature bake, a technical challenge, and a show-stopper culinary creation.

PFX

Practical effects popular in old Hollywood movies are brought back into style in PFX. Students get to tackle a wide selection of challenges that increase in difficulty as they progress. From constructing hydraulic-powered robots to manipulating fire, students learn invaluable skills, not to mention the ability to read, interpret, and follow critical directions.

Console Wars

Video games… in school?? You betcha! In this workshop, there are two sections: the engineers and the project managers. The engineers learn spatial reasoning and mechanical engineering skills through CAD and 3D printing to create a retro gaming console. The project managers must use their knowledge of home gaming consoles to inspire, direct, and hold accountable their engineers to deliver their console in time for Demo Day. On Demo Day, fellow students use all consoles to determine who created the highest-quality gaming experience!

The Uncomfort Zone

“There is no illusion greater than fear.” - Lao Tzu
Outside of a necessary biological response to keep us alive, fear is nothing more than a thief of happiness, growth, and courage. Students practice using rational thought to cope with uncomfortable situations as they come face-to-face with their fight or flight response. Get ready to dive into activities like snake handling, eating new foods (bugs!), and getting an acupuncture treatment.

Build a Civilization

Use logic and reason to build and advance a world of your own. Students form their governments, evolve their technologies, and overcome the crises their civilizations face by studying the civilizations of the past and present and putting history’s lessons into action.