Rancho R.U.L.E.S.


Rancho R.U.L.E.S. is a school-wide commitment to positive behavior support. Identifying, teaching and reinforcing the expected behaviors allow students to achieve academic, behavioral and social success.

Rancho R.U.L.E.S. stems from the University of Oregon’s Center of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (P.B.I.S.) program. Seven years ago, Rancho decided to adopt the P.B.I.S. philosophy and our first step was outlining our school-wide expected behaviors. We decided on R.U.L.E.S., which stands for Respect, Unwavering Integrity, Leadership, Effort and Social Responsibility. Please see our school-wide matrix to learn more about Rancho’s expected behaviors.

Check out our video or how you can best demonstrate Rancho RULES.


Reinforcer Cards

Students receive Rancho R.U.L.E.S. reinforcer cards for displaying the school-wide and classroom specific expected behaviors. By turning in these cards, students become eligible to win fantastic prizes! Students can earn these cards from teachers, administrators, substitutes, R.U.L.E.S. student representatives, Leadership student representatives, bus drivers, and even community members.

Every Friday on the stage, Rancho R.U.L.E.S. cards can be turned in for prizes. Students are rewarded with a variety of school related prizes that they choose.  Tickets are then entered into a lottery so students can spin the magic wheel for an additional larger prize--typically a gift card to a local shop or restaurant.  Additionally, throughout each trimester all students who earn a specific number of cards will be invited to participate in special R.U.L.E.S. events!

P.B.I.S. Basics

Utilizing the “Systematic Change Model”, attention is focused on creating and sustaining primary (school-wide), secondary (classroom), and tertiary (individual) systems of support that improve lifestyle results for all children. This makes problem behavior less effective and desired behavior more functional. It is research based, and it works!


Key Components

  • Have clearly defined school-wide expected behaviors
  • Expected behaviors are intentionally taught in all settings at school
  • Students are purposefully reinforced for demonstrating positive school-wide expected behaviors
  • Consistent consequences and opportunities for re-teaching for misbehaviors
  • Use of data to make decisions about school-wide practices
  • Comprehensive staff and student involvement



  • Improve the academic culture through increased instructional time
  • Improve the behavioral culture through a decrease in office discipline referrals
  • Improve the social culture through improved individualized interventions
  • Have an overall positive school climate