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From 2002-2005, the Institute on Disability implemented APEX, a dropout prevention and school improvement program, in two NH high schools. APEX I demonstrated the promise of strategically combining PBIS, RENEW, and Student Leadership (including a student-led needs assessment and action project program where students work with PBIS Universal Teams to assess and improve school climate, safety, and learning) to reduce dropout rates, and improve individual student success and overall school climate.
From April 2006 through September 2009, APEX II staff members worked with students, families, teachers, and administrators at 10 high schools and their sending middle schools to adopt and implement these three strategies. Some schools also implemented an 8th to 9th grade transition system in order to reduce the schools’ annual dropout rate, created consistency and predictability in the school environment, developed pro-active strategies based on data and designed to prevent problem behavior and reduce failure rates, created a positive learning environment, used data to make decisions, fostered student leadership, and implemented a research-based individualized school-to-career intervention for the most at risk students. The APEX II school staff members provided training and technical support to the 10 high schools to implement PBIS and RENEW.
Based upon its work using the three-tiered Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) model as a dropout prevention approach during the APEX and APEX II projects (2002-2009), the APEX III project beginning in June 2011, the project builds schoolwide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) at the Universal (Tier1), Secondary (Tier 2) and Tertiary (Tier 3) levels in the 7 high schools that have been chosen to participate:
- Campbell High School, Litchfield, NH
- Memorial and West High Schools, Manchester, NH
- Raymond High School, Raymond, NH
- Nute High School, Milton, NH
- Pittsfield High School, Pittsfield, NH
- Pinkerton Academy
By providing training and technical assistance to school teams and staff members using a positive behavioral support problem-solving framework, the plan is to improve the outcomes for all students and reducing the need for segregated programs for students with disabilities and significant behavior support needs.