PBIS: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) is a proactive, team-based framework for creating and sustaining safe and effective schools. It is an approach for behavioral interventions that enhances academic and social behavior outcomes for all students.


The Sterling Community School is an environment in which all students regularly demonstrate and are acknowledged for exemplary behavior, and in which all staff and faculty consistently respond to student misbehavior in a manner that effectively reduces its occurrence. Students, staff, and faculty enjoy coming to school as is evident by high rate of student attendance and participation in classes. Parental involvement adds to positive school climate and community satisfaction with Sterling Community School.


To promote a school climate that supports teacher and students through reinforcement of positive behaviors.


School-wide PBIS increases the capacity of schools to educate all students utilizing research-based school-wide, classroom, and individualized intervention. The school-wide PBIS framework at Sterling Community School includes differentiated programs across grade levels. STARRS (Students That Are Respectful, Responsible, and Safe) supports grade K-4 and EPIC (Engaged, Prepared, Independent, Collaborative) supports grades 5-8. These programs include proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create a positive school environment.

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For more general information about PBIS in schools, click here to visit the US Office of Special Education Program website.

STARRS (K-4th)

STARRS (Students That Are Respectful, Responsible, and Safe):

When children begin school and as their foundation is formed through the elementary grades, behavioral expectations are established that seek to build a common understanding of fundamental expectations for success at school.

Here at SCS we shine the light on Respect, Responsibility and Safety with our STARRS program. Students are specifically taught the expectations for these behaviors in all settings throughout the school day. Students are acknowledged with specific praise statements regarding their behaviors and accompanying STARR tickets. Students save tickets in their classrooms and use them for bi-weekly incentive activities.

EPIC (5th-8th)

EPIC (Engaged, Prepared, Independent, Collaborative)

In addition to the expectation that our students have learned to be STARRS (respectful, responsible and safe), beginning in 5th grade students are acknowledged for being EPIC.

Students in grades 5-8 are recognized for being Engaged, Prepared, Independent and Collaborative within the classroom and throughout the day. Students are acknowledged with specific praise statements and accompanying EPIC tickets. Students use tickets for bi-weekly incentive activities.

Sterling is EPIC!