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SARASOTA COUNTY, November 12, 2021 - 33 traditional public schools in Sarasota County have been designated as PBIS Model Schools for their universal adoption of the behavioral intervention and supports (PBIS) program. PBIS is a prevention program for schools to encourage good behavior and reduce discipline. Teachers educate students about positive behavior as they would any other subject such as reading or math, and that learning is extended throughout the school day – in class, at lunch and on the school bus. When schools adopt a PBIS program, students receive fewer detentions and suspensions and get better grades. There is also evidence that PBIS may lead to less bullying. All schools in Sarasota County have PBIS plans; however, the following schools have been recognized for their emphasis on preventative strategies using the PBIS program model during the 2020-21 school year.  

Schools in Sarasota County receiving Model School designation include:

  • Elementary 
    • Alta Vista
    • Ashton Elementary 
    • Atwater Elementary
    • Bay Haven
    • Brentwood
    • Cranberry
    • Englewood
    • Fruitville
    • Garden
    • Glenallen
    • Gocio
    • Gulf Gate Elementary 
    • Lakeview
    • Lamarque
    • Phillippi Shores Elementary 
    • Southside
    • Tatum Ridge
    • Toledo Blade
    • Tuttle
    • Venice
    • Wilkinson 
  • Middle Schools
    • Booker
    • Brookside
    • Heron Creek
    • McIntosh
    • Sarasota 
    • Venice
  • High Schools 
    • North Port
    • Sarasota
    • Suncoast Polytech
    • Venice
  • Combination Schools
    • Oak Park
    • Triad 

PBIS utilizes a three-tiered approach to reinforce positive behavior to students who are meeting and exceeding expectations and provides a system of support for students who need additional assistance. This three-tiered approach includes: 

  • A universal prevention system for all students that reinforces basic behavior expectations such as being respectful and kind and uses rewards to encourage students.
  • An added layer of support for students who struggle to show good behavior.
  • An individual prevention support and service plan for students who demonstrate continued behavioral issues.

Schools across Sarasota County promote positive behaviors through initiatives such as The Civility Squad a program in partnership with the Gulf Coast Community Foundation that supports the belief that all students should be able to attend a safe and positive school environment each day. PBIS Model Schools go one step further to reinforce positive behavior to promote safer schools and encourage good behavior, one student at a time.