Alpha Public Schools: Blanca Alvarado Middle School


Updated November 2013

Strong interpersonal relationships and character development are at the core of this San Jose, CA blended school’s model.  Students learn a significant portion of core academic content online at their own level of mastery and pace and receive teacher-led instruction informed by real-time data from their online content. Unlike most middle schools, one teacher stays with a class of 34 students throughout the day and throughout the year.

The two-page grantee profiles from Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) provide factual information about the secondary school and postsecondary degree program designs awarded grants under NGLC's third wave of funding, which focused on two areas, "Breakthrough Models for College Readiness" and "Breakthrough Models for College Completion." Each profile describes what makes each model "breakthrough" and offers important information about the instructional and financial models, student demographics, hardware and software choices, and contact info. These profiles serve to illustrate the innovations of these new blended and online models, with practical details of interest to those starting a new school or degree program.

NGLC accelerates educational innovation through applied technology to dramatically improve college readiness and completion in the United States. To learn more about NGLC and the grantees it supports, visit

Download Resources