School Facts

Location: Boynton Beach, FL
9-12 Enrollment: 1,533
Certified: 89 teachers
Facilities/Buildings: 1

Demographics: 70.6% of students in the school reported being Black/African American, 19.8% Hispanic, and 6.5% White. 17.4% reported being English Language Learners (ELL). 87.3% of students reported being economically disadvantaged.

Improving School Culture by Using Technology to Focus on Good Behavior

The Challenge

While it is natural to focus more on students with academic or behavior problems, Boynton Beach Community High School decided to take a different approach and prioritize recognition of the students who are doing things right. “What we haven’t done enough of is to recognize those 1,500 students who are doing what they should be doing…(and) we’ve been trying to change that narrative,” explained Guarn Sims, Principal of Boynton Beach Community High School. Part of that change involved instituting a program that would allow teachers to acknowledge and reward students for good behavior.


The Results (Data Points):

Decrease in Average Number of Students Tardy Each Day
Of Teachers Report the Program has had a “Significant Impact”

The Solution

  1. Increase student engagement and decrease unwanted behaviors by utilizing an online behavior management platform.
  2. Maintain real-time data and reporting to keep students on track and reinforce students’ positive behaviors.
  3. Support and encourage staff to increase buy-in and use of the system throughout the school.
  4. Engage parents by communicating through the system to keep them up to date on student behavior and progress.


Boynton Beach is located in the Palm Beach School District.

You can download the full district report, Examining the Efficacy of a PBIS and Hero Platform Partnership in Palm Beach School District, below.