Mills Middle School has been named one of the best schools in California for preventing bullying and creating a safe learning environment.
In its selection of Mills for its Premier-level award Lozano Smith Foundation called the school’s two-year-old bullying prevention program “truly inspiring work that your school leaders and students have clearly shown.”
Mills will receive $1,500 as part of its recognition. The Rancho Cordova middle school was honored for its creation of a Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) team, which consists of teachers, administrators, parents, and a student leader. This group is tasked with leading evidence-based strategies to create a positive school climate and take a proactive approach to discipline and bullying prevention.
The results are impressive: Mills has cut suspensions in half and dramatically reduced bullying incidents.
Just a few examples of the school’s nearly 20 ongoing initiatives: