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West Bay’s secondary level Alternative Learning Program serves students in grades 6 – 12 who have been unable to maintain appropriate behavior in their home schools, as well as those whose psychological needs prevent them from attending regularly. Located on Draper Avenue in a Warwick School Department building, this program serves mainly Warwick district students, but also accepts appropriate referrals from across the state. It is designed to be either a short or long-term placement: our aim is to return students to their sending schools as soon as they are able to self-regulate their behavior, but it also serves as a multi-year placement for students who continue to need specialized services in order to fulfill their high school requirements. Students may also enter the program for 45-day diagnostic services, or when they have used up their ten days of suspension in their home schools, for a minimum of a two-week stay.




  • Students are grouped for instruction by age and skill level, not only by grade levels.
  • Instruction is frequently individualized, and includes 1:1 time with licensed teachers.
  • Classes are small, and provide attention to individual students.
  • Curriculum is based on The Common Core, and parallels districts’ requirements.
  • Students graduate with a district diploma, and may take additional years to complete their work if needed.
  • Students who have completed most of their graduation requirements may enroll at CCRI and begin college level work while still at West Bay.
  • Much instruction is multi-disciplinary, with teachers across the subject areas teaching to a common theme, and utilizing hands-on and active learning methods.
  • Students have access to state-of-the-art technology, including laptop computers and iPad tablets.



  • A full-time School Social Worker is available to students and families on a daily basis.
  • All staff provide a consistent message and set of expectations regarding student behaviors.
  • All students participate in the school’s incentives program, and can earn privileges and paid school-based jobs based on their attendance, improved behavior and citizenship.
  • Ensuring student and staff safety is a key part of the environment, and physical restraint is utilized only when that safety is at risk. All staff are trained in Crisis Prevention Intervention techniques.
  • Frequent communication with families and home district personnel creates a connected approach to meeting students’ needs.

 In short, the West Bay Alternative Learning Program provides a safe, therapeutic environment in which each individual student’s academic and social/emotional needs may be addressed.


School Calendar

Our Secondary Alternative School program at Draper Ave follows the Warwick Public Schools calendar.  To view or print, click here.


Intensive Transition Program

In addition to the school-based alternative program described above, West Bay also offers an Intensive Transition Program, designed to teach life skills, pre-employment skills, and academics tied to daily living needs. The students who are enrolled in the program by their districts are unlikely to attain a district diploma, and need intensive community-based experiences in order to become independent adults.

Students begin the day at the ALP programs, but spend most of their time out in the community, performing service learning tasks at a variety of non-profit organizations, learning about various kinds of work, and practicing the interpersonal skills that will make them employable.

The staff to student ratio in this program is 1:2, and students may be enrolled for one or several years. IEP goals are addressed through a variety of activities and experiences, and academics are tied to students’ needs in their daily lives. This program is, to the best of our knowledge, the only one like it in the state at this time, and has proven highly successful at renewing disaffected students’ interest in learning, greatly improving attendance, and providing much-needed community-based experiences for a unique population.

For information on either of these secondary programs (grades 6-12), please contact William Cauley, Director of Special Education at 401-734-3440. District personnel are always welcome to schedule a visit.


A Message from the Director of Special Education


September 7, 2018


Dear West Bay Alternative Learning Program Families:


As the Special Education Director for the West Bay Collaborative and Program Administrator of the Upper School, it is my pleasure to welcome you back for another great year.

My goal is to ensure that all students are healthy, happy, and safe in order to learn and grow as much as possible. I look forward to sharing the great things each child does throughout their days here at the Upper School and I anticipate we will have a positive and productive year together! 

I would like to extend a special, yearlong invitation to our families to join us at school activities and events whenever possible. We want...we need...and we value your involvement and support in your child’s education.

I am honored to serve as the Special Education Director for the West Bay Collaborative and Program Administrator of the Upper School. It is truly a privilege to be part of such a supportive community where parents, teachers, and community members care for each other and strive to build positive relationships to support academic and social growth. Please feel free to contact me at 401.734.3440 with any questions or concerns.


Hope to see you soon,


William F. Cauley

Director Of Special Education






Your school’s flu clinic has been scheduled for:

Monday, October 15, 2018 from  11:00 AM – 12:00 PM to vaccinate Students and Staff/Faculty.


West Bay Collaborative
144 Bignall Street
Warwick, RI 02888