PBIS Schools On The Rise

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) announced that 22 schools of distinction are recognized as Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) Model Schools – an increase of seven from last years’ pool of honorees. The University of South Florida (USF), manager of the PBIS Project for the State of Florida, provided Executive Director of Student Services and Exceptional Student Education Bill Tomlinson with notification of this elite cadre of schools. “This positive trend is a reflection of the focused efforts the District is making in schools to support the needs of all children both academically and behaviorally through a multi-tiered system of supports.  Reaching Model School Status with Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, is representative of our commitment to create a culture that promotes appropriate social and emotional learning for all children.”


PBIS is a school-wide behavioral approach that focuses on increasing academic performance and increasing safety while decreasing problem behaviors with specific and consistent strategies.  A focus on individual needs using data along with positive and effective strategies are also key elements to a successful PBIS school-wide plan.


Robert O’Neill serves as the District’s PBIS coordinator and also bridges efforts with SLPS and USF.  He explained that achievement of Model School status is a purposeful and united effort — the result of collaboration between Student Services personnel and site-based personnel working to provide for the needs of students and to build the Multi-Tiered System of Supports in the schools.  He added that educational professionals work together to address appropriate behavior and celebrate students’ goal attainment.


Congratulations to the following schools on their PBIS Model School status:

Gold Status Schools (14)

Allapattah Flats K-8

Bayshore Elementary School

Floresta Elementary School

Manatee Academy K-8

Mariposa Elementary School

Northport K-8 School

Oak Hammock K-8 School

Palm Pointe K-8 School

Parkway Elementary School

Rivers Edge Elementary School

Southport Middle School

Westgate K-8 School

Windmill Point Elementary School

Village Green Elementary School

Silver Status Schools (6)

Frances K. Sweet Elementary School

Forest Grove Middle School

Lakewood Park Elementary School

Lawnwood Elementary School

Morningside Elementary School

St. Lucie West K-8 School


Bronze Status Schools (2)

Savanna Ridge Elementary School

Weatherbee Elementary School