Forty Schools Chosen as PBIS Model Schools

Forty Schools Chosen as PBIS Model Schools
Posted on 10/25/2022
Forty Schools Chosen as PBIS Model Schools

The School District is proud to announce 40 schools have been chosen as PBIS Model Schools by the Florida Department of Education PBIS Project. PBIS refers to Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support, which encompasses research-based strategies used to increase quality of life and decrease problem behavior by teaching new skills and making changes in a person's environment.

Schools were awarded one of four levels – Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum. The 2021-22 Model Schools and their award levels are:


  • Colonial Elementary
  • Cypress Lake Middle
  • Diplomate Middle
  • Lexington Middle
  • Mirror Lakes Elementary
  • North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts
  • Pelican Elementary
  • Sunshine Elementary
  • Three Oaks Elementary
  • Tice Elementary
  • Villas Elementary


  • Bayshore Elementary
  • Buckingham Exceptional Center
  • Cypress Lake High
  • G. Weaver Hipps Elementary
  • Manatee Elementary
  • Orangewood Elementary
  • Patriot Elementary
  • Spring Creek
  • Elementary
  • Success Academy


  • Bonita Springs Elementary
  • Caloosa Elementary
  • Edgewood Academy
  • Gulf Elementary
  • Harns Marsh Elementary
  • Hector A. Cafferata Jr.
  • Elementary
  • Orange River Elementary


  • Caloosa Middle
  • Cape Elementary
  • Challenger Middle
  • Dr. Carrie D. Robinson
  • Littleton Elementary
  • Gulf Middle
  • Heights Elementary
  • J. Colin English Elementary
  • Mariner Middle
  • Rayma C. Page Elementary
  • River Hall Elementary
  • Three Oaks Middle
  • Tortuga Preserve Elementary
  • Trafalgar Elementary

“To be named a PBIS Model School is recognition for the great evidence-based systems and strategies a school has put in place to increase positive behavior, reduce office referrals and out-of-school suspension, while also increasing a positive climate for students, staff, and families,” says Director of Positive Prevention Chuck Bradley. “The result of implementing PBIS is increased school safety and higher levels of student achievement across the district.”

Schools that have received training in PBIS, demonstrate improved school-wide outcomes, as well as equitable student outcomes, and that have shown fidelity of implementation are recognized by the FLPBIS Project’s Model Schools program. To earn this level of achievement, schools must meet specific criteria:

  • Exemplify high levels of PBIS implementation fidelity,
  • Demonstrate generally low rates of exclusionary discipline when compared to similar school types across the state
  • Demonstrate equitable student outcomes

The 40 PBIS Model Schools will plan celebrations to celebrate their recognition as soon as possible. To learn more about the FLPBIS Project Model School program, logon to the District’s website.

In addition, the District is also proud to recognize 26 schools that have made substantial progress in implementing their PBIS program as a “District Distinguished” school, and look forward to their progress toward model school status:

  • Allen Park Elementary
  • Bonita Springs High
  • Bonita Springs Middle
  • Cape Coral High
  • East Lee County High
  • Fort Myers Middle Academy
  • Franklin Park Elementary
  • Hancock Creek Elementary
  • Harns Marsh Middle
  • LAMP
  • Lehigh Acres Middle
  • Lehigh Elementary
  • Mariner High
  • Oak Hammock Middle
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle
  • Pine Island Elementary
  • Pinewoods Elementary
  • Ray V. Pottorf Elementary
  • Royal Palm Exceptional Center
  • San Carlos Park Elementary
  • Skyline Elementary
  • Spring Creek Elementary
  • Tanglewood Elementary
  • The Alva School
  • Treeline Elementary
  • Veterans Park Academy for the Arts