We are a PBIS School

What is PBIS?

  • PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports.  It is a school-wide systems approach aimed at enhancing and improving the social and productive skills of students, and minimizing problematic behavior.  This is accomplished by establishing school-wide expectations for behavior, providing direct teaching and re-teaching of expectations, recognizing positively student achievement of expectations, and intervening with support when expectations are not met.  PBIS is a proactive, team-based, data driven system of instruction, supports, and interventions that positively impacts school-wide and individual student behavior.  PBIS provides a multi-tiered system of supports to address the behavioral needs of students in the Response to Intervention Framework.

    PBIS Systems Illustration

Why PBIS?

  • In the past, school-wide behavior has focused on reacting to student discipline issues by implementing punishment based strategies.  Research has shown that punishment only strategies are ineffective in diminishing problem behaviors, especially when used inconsistently and in the absence of positive, intervention-based approaches. 

    On the other hand, proactively introducing, modeling, and reinforcing positive social behavior is more effective in increasing that behavior and decreasing misbehavior.  Positive social behavior is essential to a student’s success, not just in school, but in life.  The purpose of school-wide PBIS is to establish a school culture in which positive behavior is the norm.