Schoolwide Positive Behavior Supports

This article discusses the high school principal’s role in effective implementation of SWPBIS. High schools implementing SWPBIS have improved attendance, reduced discipline referrals, and improved academic engagement. Although the demands of the schools' different contexts and cultures have led to innovative strategies for achieving the core features of SWPBS, a central component of successful implementation has been the active engagement of the principal. The principal has the role of establishing the learning climate, hiring and supporting personnel, and modeling instructional leadership. The principal can use the SWPBS framework to establish a positive school climate and support students and staff members. Investing in the social culture of a high school through implementation of SWPBS is one proven approach for building the predictable, consistent, positive, and safe setting that will increase student academic engagement and lead to improved performance and graduation rates.


K. Brigid Flannery, Elise M. Guest, & Robert H. Horner (2010, Principal Leadership)

Prevention Level

  • Primary


  • Administrators
  • District Contacts
  • PBS Coaches

System Impacts

  • District Team
  • Whole School


  • High School
  • Systems