Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS)

Horace W. Porter School is in its second year of implementing a system of positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) to encourage, teach, practice and model appropriate, respectful and responsible student behavior. 

  • PBIS is a framework for Administrators, staff and parents to follow. It will take 3-5 years to develop and implement throughout the school, including classrooms, cafeteria, recess and buses.
  • The goal of PBIS is to create a safe and positive school climate where children can learn and grow academically, socially, behaviorally and emotionally. 
  • School-wide PBIS supports all students by clarifying our behavioral expectations, explicitly teaching and modeling these expectations, developing individualized plans for specific students and recognizing when students demonstrate positive behaviors.
  • PBIS focuses on the development and implementation of proactive procedures, practices and strategies to prevent problem behavior with the focus being on positive support.  
  • PBIS helps to guide schools as they respond to discipline issues.


Horace W. Porter School will utilize a positive support system as a means for teaching and promoting these expected behaviors and has established four core behavioral expectations: Practice Respect, Act Responsibly, Work Together, Safety Matters (PAWS), which students will be expected to adhere to as we continue to promote safe and respectful behaviors.