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PBIS Overview

Aptos High School uses Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS).  

PBIS is a research-based framework to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and equity of behavioral management in schools.  PBIS provides multiple pathways/interventions for developing relationships and making positive connections to support all students’ through coherent and consistent school-wide behavioral expectations.  School-wide behavioral expectations teach and reinforce positive behaviors, which improve school climate.  School-wide PBIS focuses on developing and implementing preventative procedures and practices to maintain a safe educational and social-emotional environment to support learners in reaching their highest potential.

The 3-tiered approach that aims to address each students' needs:

  • Tier 1 (Universal): Preventative interventions/practices, school-wide behavioral expectations, and rewards systems are used by all staff to reduce the development of problem behaviors across all settings (i.e., school-wide, classroom, and non-classroom)
  • Tier 2 (Targeted): Specialized interventions are used by support personnel to address problem behaviors for students who are not responsive to Tier 1 interventions.  
  • Tier 3: (Intensive): Individualized interventions are used by support personnel to address chronic problem behaviors.

Tier intervention and support