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West Bay's Horton School

West Bay’s Horton School is an alternative elementary school program for students grades K-6 who require a highly structured, supportive, and therapeutic environment to achieve their greatest potential of academic success. The main goal of the Horton School is to assist students in acquiring the necessary skills to manage their emotional and behavioral needs in order to be independently successful within their homes, communities, and least restrictive educational environments.



The Horton SchoolThe Horton School is a highly structured educational setting utilizing a variety of strategies to meet the needs of the individual students.

Meeting and addressing a student’s emotional needs:

  • Providing safety, stability, and structure
  • Teaching responsibility for actions
  • Building self-esteem
  • Providing individual and group counseling as per IEP


Promoting successful school achievement:

  • The Horton SchoolSmall group structured instruction
  • Incentive strategies
  • High interest learning activities
  • Use of technology for motivation and learning
  • Planning based on individual learning styles
  • Utilizing developmentally appropriate curriculum


Teaching strategies to manage, cope, and control student’s behavior:

  • Accountability for one’s behavior
  • Crisis Prevention Intervention and support methods
  • Positive praise and reinforcements
  • Relationship building
  • Practice daily living skills
  • Daily point sheets
  • Daily goal setting


School Calendar

Our Elementary Alternative School program at the Horton School follows the Cranston Public Schools calendar.  To view or print, click here.



The Horton School staff is lead by a certified special education administrator, and includes special education teachers, behavioral teacher assistants, a social worker, and a nurse. The Horton School works in collaboration with Cranston Public schools as an integrated team to provide the necessary student services to support successful learning and growth.



Welcome Letter

From the Desk of Dr. Andrea R. Pleau 

August 2018

Dear Horton Families,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! It was wonderful to meet some of you in person at our Opening Day
breakfast on August 29th. Even more exciting was the opportunity to meet your child! The Horton staff is
looking forward to a stellar year of social, emotional, and intellectual growth!
As I mentioned during the breakfast, please know that we looking forward to partnering with you during the
year ahead. Our entire staff is always available if you have any questions or concerns. Throughout the year,

I may be reached via email or phone (see numbers below); all calls and emails will be returned promptly.
Additionally, the Horton staff will reach out on an ongoing basis, including when we have good news to share!

The Horton staff looks forward to welcoming our school families at our annual Open House on Wednesday,
October 3, 2018 from 4-6pm. Additionally, throughout the year, I will share information with you through
monthly newsletters that you can locate on the website. A hard copy will also go home with your child as well.

In closing, please note that you may reach our Special Educator Director, Mr. Bill Cauley, at 401-477-4399, or via email ( ).


Dr. Andrea R. Pleau

Program Administrator
Horton ALP / West Bay Collaborative
401-270-8588 (school)
401-327-3236 (cell)
401-270-8429 (fax)




For additional information, please contact:

Maryann Struble
Executive Director 
Phone: (401) 941-8353                       Cell:  (401) 500-4230
Fax: (401) 941-8535




Horton Happenings - September 2018

Horton Happenings - October 2018 

Horton Happenings - November 2018

Horton Happenings - December 2018

Horton Happenings - January 2019

Horton Happenings - February 2019 

Horton Happenings - March 2019