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Lee School

1201 Bunn Avenue
Springfield, IL 62703

What is BIST?

BIST stands for Behavior Intervention Support Team and is a system for supporting students so they can remain in the classroom as much as possible. BIST is about protecting and teaching students the skills they need to succeed in school and life. This framework ensures that every adult in the building is available to support and assist students in a coaching manner, so that instead of doing things to or for students, we do things with students.

Three Life Goals

BIST identifies three life skills that all students must demonstrate to be successful in school and life:

I can be angry and not get in trouble.
I can be okay, even if others aren't.
I can do something even if I don’t want to.

The purpose of the BIST Model is to partner with students when they are struggling and help them be accountable for their actions to make changes in their life.

Two School Rules

In order to provide a safe and productive environment, the BIST model employs two school rules:

It is never okay to be disruptive.
It is never okay to be hurtful.

A commitment by adults to this standard is crucial. A student will be asked one time per activity to stop a behavior that is disruptive or hurtful. Adults will intervene quickly if a student cannot meet this standard.

Grace and Accountability

BIST is designed to teach and protect students via grace and accountability so that students can demonstrate the Goals For Life and make good choices.


We accept:
Your problems
Your pain
Your needs


Guiding students to look at what problems the behaviors create in the student’s life. There are five levels to Accountability:

I did it
I’m sorry
It’s part of a problem in my life
I accept consequences
I accept and need help