School Facts

Location: San Bernardino, CA
9-12 Enrollment: 1,861
Staff: Not Noted
Certified: 73 teachers
Administrators: Not Noted
Facilities/Buildings: 1

Demographics: 82.5% of students in the school reported being Hispanic or Latino, 10.4% Black or African American, and 3.1% White. 14.5% reported being English Language Learners (ELL). 95.3% of students reported being economically disadvantaged.

Urban School Uses Technology for Positive Behavior to Change School Culture

The Challenge

Located in one of the poorest cities in the nation, with large amounts of crime and violence, Indian Springs High School staff was overwhelmed with negativity and unwanted student behaviors on a daily basis. Unsatisfied with this being the norm, school administrators desired to make a change in their processes and cultivate a more positive school environment for students to spend their days in. The staff worked to implement a positive behavior program to transform even their most behaviorally challenged students and implement it school-wide.

The Results (Quote):

“Hero has helped us focus our efforts on helping things go right instead of reacting to things that have gone wrong. Instead of being reactive, we’re spending the majority of our time being proactive and recognizing the positive. People are focused on the good things, and what you’re focused on is what you do more of.”

Jacob Rosario, Vice Principal at Indian Springs High School
  • Provided clear and consistent student behavior expectations across all classrooms and environments.

  • Acknowledged and reinforced PBIS programs by giving students points that can be redeemed for items at their school store.

  • Shifted from reacting to unwanted behaviors to proactively acknowledging  correct behaviors, which led to a positive shift in overall school climate.

  • Transformed the school climate into one that provides a safe space buffer to the outside environment.

  • Dramatically changed not only the amount but the types of incidents, with the majority of student behavior issues now being only minor classroom disruptions.

The Solution

  1. Utilize a positive behavior management program to increase positive student behavior and promote school climate.
  2. Pilot the program and data collection process to identify issues and plan to expand throughout the school.
  3. Collect data and track students to provide incentives or intervene when necessary.
  4. Promote staff engagement and fidelity through training and recognition.