Academic Resources

The ALPHA Center

Academic Learning Place for Higher Achievement (ALPHA)

DSHA's ALPHA Center is inspired by university academic centers. The purpose of this structure at DSHA is rooted in a student-centered purpose and vision: to create an environment that provides an enriching community for scholars.

ALPHA focuses on individualized assistance in science, math and English by offering one-on-one instruction from DSHA faculty daily. From their first freshman English paper to their last BC Calculus problem, students are always encouraged to drop-in to ALPHA and take advantage of this world-class academic resource.

  • More than 2,000 one-on-one tutoring sessions take place annually.  
  • ALPHA is open daily during each class period.
  • According to a student survey, 65% of the students who go to ALPHA have a specific question for a class.
  • ALPHA gives students an extra opportunity to have their questions answered during the school day, and often from the perspective of another teacher. 
  • In addition to ALPHA, teachers have designated times in their own schedules to accommodate students' needs outside of designated ALPHA time. 
  • ALPHA is held in the Quad, except on Orchid Wednesdays, where it will take place in the library. 

ALPHA Faculty Schedule

Semester 1

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  • English

    1st hour | Aubrey Murtha
    2nd hour | Dr. Heather Mansfield 
    3rd hour | Wendy Fitch
    4th hour | Quinn Loucks
    5th hour | Kayla Gilgenbach 
    6th hour | Andy Berens 
    7th hour | Andy Lelinski 
    8th hour | Peter Nurre
  • Math

    1st hour | Libby Wissing
    2nd hour | Lisa Curran
    3rd hour | Rissie Lundberg 
    4th hour | Dawn Gardner 
    5th hour | Libby Wissing
    6th hour | Connie Farrow
    7th hour | Emily Brown 
    8th hour | Laura Clark
  • Science

    1st hour | John Melis 
    2nd hour | Kelly Anderson
    3rd hour | Eric Himburg 
    4th hour | Tom Bresnehan 
    5th hour | Megan Hahn
    6th hour | Kevin Roethe 
    7th hour | Stacey Strandberg 
    8th hour | Tom Bresnehan

Semester 2

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  • English

    1st hour | Peter Nurre
    2nd hour | Kayla Gilgenbach
    3rd hour | Aubrey Murtha
    4th hour | Dr. Heather Mansfield 
    5th hour | Wendy Fitch
    6th hour | Andy Lelinski
    7th hour | Quinn Loucks
    8th hour |  Andy Berens
  • Math

    1st hour | Libby Wissing
    2nd hour | Dawn Gardner 
    3rd hour | Connie Farrow 
    4th hour | Laura Clark
    5th hour | Rissie Lundberg 
    6th hour | Lisa Curran 
    7th hour | Emily Brown
  • Science

    1st hour | Tom Bresnehan
    2nd hour | Kelly Anderson
    3rd hour | Stacey Strandberg 
    4th hour | Eric Himburg
    5th hour | Megan Hahn
    6th hour | Tom Bresnehan 
    7th hour | Kevin Roethe
    8th hour | John Melis 

For more information, contact:

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Emily Brown, Math Faculty

ALPHA is an amazing resource for all students.  Whether you want a quiet work space, help starting a paper or lab report, extra practice on math concepts or encouragement from other students and teachers - it is the place to go. I have watched students flourish by spending their time in ALPHA. It is a laid back yet focused environment dedicated to student learning."

Caroline, Class of 2022, Milwaukee

My favorite thing about ALPHA is that it provides me more accessibility to help and teachers when I need it. This way, I can still have my busy athletic and extracurricular schedule before and after school while seeking help during school for my classes. Seeking help has allowed me to grow and succeed academically at DSHA. Creating the good habit of asking questions and seeking help at ALPHA is the first step towards succeeding  in high school.

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