School Facts

Location: Corona, CA
9-12 Enrollment: 3,720
Staff: Not Noted
Certified: 151 Teachers
Administrators: Not Noted
Facilities/Buildings: 1

Demographics: 41.2% of students in the school reported being White, 38.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 10.2% Asian. 5.2% reported being English Language Learners (ELL). 28.8% of students reported being economically disadvantaged.

Measuring School Climate at Santiago High.

The Challenge

Santiago High School was ready to move beyond just focusing on greater academic outcomes for students; they were determined to motivate students to be responsible and competent citizens as well. To accomplish this goal, staff decided to find a way to systematically build and maintain a healthy school climate that would benefit students and staff for years to come.

The Results (Data Points):

The Amount of “Points” being Rewarded for Positive Behaviors
Decrease in the Number of Unexcused Tardies
Ratio of Positive to Negative Interactions Recorded
  • Acknowledged positive behaviors through awarding points (or “Shark Bites”) which were instantaneously given and tallied digitally, making the process transparent for students and easy for staff.

  • All staff (administrators, teachers, and support staff) participated in the program, increasing consistency and buy-in.

  • Provided school leaders with real-time, insightful data to measure school climate indicators and identify students that may need additional supports earlier.

  • Gained back valuable in-class instruction time for teachers and students by reducing tardiness.

The Solution

  1. Identify behaviors to be measured and utilize an online behavior management platform to manage data.
  2. Provide adequate resources and training to staff to support engagement and increase consistency throughout the school.
  3. Acknowledge and reward identified positive behaviors to encourage school connectedness and engagement while reducing unwanted behaviors.
  4. Make data-based decisions using real-time student data to maximize the impact of the program for staff and students.