Positive Behavioral Intervention Support (PBIS)

The Summit School at Nyack has created a unique and robust behavioral program based on the framework of Positive Behavioral Interventions & Support (PBIS). At its core, PBIS is a framework for a systematic approach to teaching and promoting appropriate behaviors. Using data and evidence based practices and consistent language and procedures, PBIS provides an opportunity for students and staff members to communicate using a common language and clear understanding of expectations.

PBIS is a framework, and to be successful must be tailored for each community that employs it. We are the first residential treatment center in the United States to integrate PBIS in our academic and residential programs. We identified the core basis for appropriate and expected behaviors at Summit.

All members of the Summit community are expected to be:


The WISE program fosters robust interaction between the school and the residential programs. Student behavior and the interventions used are tracked 24 hours a day and opportunities for new interventions are never lost.

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