School Facts

Location: Orlando, FL
5-8 Enrollment: 1,474
Staff: Not Noted
Certified: 83 Teachers
Administrators: Not Noted
Facilities/Buildings: 1

Demographics: 60.7% of students in the school reported being Hispanic, 23.2% White, and 7.2% Black/African American. 16.8% reported being English Language Learners (ELL). 37.4% of students reported being economically disadvantaged.

How an Orlando School Increased Instructional Time and Decreased Out of School Suspensions by 80%

The Challenge

School leaders at Lake Nona Middle School were on a mission to rein in behavior problems and improve the learning environment for all students. To do this, they chose to focus on implementing a school-wide positive behavior program while also finding a means to streamline their cumbersome paper tardy management process in order  to make it more consistent and efficient.

The Results (Data Points):

Decrease in Out-Of-School Suspensions
Decrease in In-School Suspensions
  • Created more ways for teachers and staff to have more positive student interactions, instead of always simply reacting to negative behaviors.

  • Provided recognition points for expected student behaviors, such as being on time and following the dress code, that students could redeem for various motivating items.

  • Increased instructional time by streamlining the tardy management process via an online system and getting students back to class faster.

  • Decreased both in and out of school suspensions by motivating students to make more positive behavior choices.

The Solution

  1. Identify behavior goals to be addressed through an online behavior management system.
  2. Provide consistent and immediate corrective action to document tardy behaviors and get students back to class as soon as possible.
  3. Acknowledge and reward identified positive behaviors to motivate student participation and reduce unwanted behaviors.
  4. Track and monitor student data to provide needed interventions and encourage a more positive school climate for all students.