Thirty-nine Schools Across State Recognized for Improving Discipline, School Climate

June 23, 2009

Positive Behavior Schools Recognized 

COLUMBIA, SC – Tuesday, June 23, 2009 – Thirty-nine public schools in 11 districts across the state are being recognized for improving their student discipline and school climate.

The schools are taking part in the state’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Initiative that encourages teaching students how to act instead of telling them what not to do.  It promotes defining and reinforcing good behavior schoolwide, with discipline being consistent from class to class and adult to adult. 

Across the state, 245 schools are in the Positive Behavior program and all were invited to apply for this initial recognition, according to Jane Shuler in the South Carolina Department of Education’s Office of Exceptional Children. 

Shuler said the schools being honored have shown that they are:

·         Using data to make discipline decisions that affect students and staff;

·         Finding creative and engaging ways to acknowledge and reward positive student behavior;

·         Ensuring that the Positive Behavior approach is being practiced throughout the school;

·         Collaborating with their community;

·         Telling new students about the program when they enroll throughout the school year; and  

·         Including Positive Behavior Interventions and Support in all daily school activities to take advantage of each teaching opportunity.

Shuler said these schools are reporting significant improvement in overall discipline, with the number of office referrals dropping by 10 per cent to 90 per cent or better in some instances. 

“The average decrease across the state in referrals to the office for discipline problems is approximately 40 per cent,” Shuler said.  “That means we’re seeing better student academic and behavior results.”

Schools are being recognized in three ascending categories – Ribbon, Banner and Exemplar – according to the “quality and fidelity” of their Positive Behavior implementation, Shuler said.  

South Carolina Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports Recognition

Ribbon Schools

SCHOOL NAME                                                                DISTRICT

Alice Birney Middle                                                           Charleston

Angel Oak Elementary                                                     Charleston

Boundary Elementary                                                       Newberry

Burke Middle                                                                      Charleston

Caughman Road Elementary                                        Richland One

Grove Elementary                                                             Greenville

Oakway Intermediate                                                       Oconee

Robert E. Howard Middle                                                 Orangeburg Five

Seneca Middle                                                                   Oconee

Springfield Elementary                                                     Charleston

Stono Park Elementary                                                     Charleston

Tamassee-Salem Middle/High                                        Oconee

William Reeves Elementary                                              Dorchester Two


Banner Schools

SCHOOL NAME                                                                   DISTRICT

A.C. Corcoran Elementary                                                 Charleston

A.R. Lewis Elementary                                                       Pickens

Burns Elementary                                                               Charleston      

Brookdale Elementary                                                        Orangeburg Five

C.E. Williams Middle                                                          Charleston

Eagle Nest Elementary                                                      Dorchester Two

Fort Dorchester Elementary                                               Dorchester Two

Hursey Elementary                                                              Charleston

James Island Elementary                                                  Charleston

Laing Middle                                                                          Horry

West Ashley Middle                                                              Charleston


Exemplar Schools

SCHOOL NAME                                                                   DISTRICT

Chestnut Oaks Middle                                                        Sumter 17

Fort Johnson Middle                                                           Charleston

Hagood Elementary                                                            Pickens

Haut Gap Middle                                                                 Charleston

Hunley Park Elementary                                                    Charleston      

James Island Middle                                                          Charleston

Ladson Elementary                                                             Charleston

Lambs Elementary                                                              Charleston

Mellichamp Elementary                                            &
nbsp;         Orangeburg Five

Midlands Park Elementary                                                 Charleston

North Charleston Elementary                                            Charleston      

North Myrtle Beach Primary                                                Horry

Pepperhill Elementary                                                        Charleston

Sandlapper Elementary                                                      Richland Two