ALPHA (Advanced Learning Program for High Achievers) is an initiative aimed at taking education above and beyond the classroom experience.

IHM’s Alpha Program is designed to challenge 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students who are high achievers in Reading and the Language Arts. The Alpha Program involves reading, discussing, writing about, and taking part in activities that are centered around award-winning novels. This program takes place once a week for 40 minutes. Students who qualify must make up what they are missing during this pull-out program. These motivated students complete reading assignments during the week in preparation for class, along with other assignments and projects. The Alpha class size is small, so individual attention is given and expectations are high.