• Richard Yoakley School implements Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). The main focus of PBIS is to provide a clear system for all expected behaviors at Richard Yoakley School. While many faculty and students have assumptions about what is expected behavior, we cannot assume that everyone’s beliefs are similar. Through PBIS, we will work to create and maintain a safe, respectful, and responsible environment in which ALL school community members have clear expectations and understandings of their role in the educational process.

    Our school-wide recognition and acknowledgment system benefits ALL students who follow our school-wide expectations. PBIS focuses on positive behavior. Students are taught and rewarded for following the expectations in all areas of the school. Students must be safe, respectful, and responsible in and out of the classroom. At RYS, procedures accomplish the following: 

    • Behavioral Expectations are Defined: A small number of clearly defined behavioral expectations are defined in positive, simple rules, i.e.—Be Safe –Be Respectful –Be Responsible. 

    • Behavioral Expectations are Taught: The behavioral expectations are taught to all students in the building and are taught in real contexts. Behavioral expectations are taught using the same teaching formats applied to other curricula. 

    • Appropriate Behaviors are Acknowledged: Once appropriate behaviors have been defined and taught, they need to be acknowledged on a regular basis. 

    • Behavior Errors are Corrected Proactively: When students violate behavioral expectations, clear procedures are followed for providing feedback, and preventing unacceptable behavior from resulting in inadvertent rewards.


    We Believe..... In students and each other.

    We envision…. Richard Yoakley School staff use Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports to guide student behavior and help create a Safe, Respectful, and Responsible environment for all members of the school community. 

    We have a mission to…... Partner with students, their families, and the community, to provide an educational foundation that promotes integrity, self-esteem, and lifelong learning, which is the foundation for introducing healthy, productive, and responsible citizens to society.