Comprehensive, Integrated, Three-Tiered (Ci3T) Model of Prevention

  • Ci3T

    Ferguson-Florissant School District recognizes that there is not a “one size fits all” approach to meeting the diverse needs of students or to removing the barriers to learning that occur when these needs are not met. The district continues to take an intentional approach to developing and maintaining safe environments where teachers can teach and students can learn. One of the foremost advances to improving the academic, behavioral, and social-emotional needs of students is the implementation of a comprehensive, integrated, three-tiered (Ci3T) model of prevention. In this model, attention is focused on creating and sustaining primary, secondary, and tertiary systems of support. 

What is Ci3T?

  • Ci3T refers to a continuous improvement model of prevention that includes three tiers of support for students so that they can experience success academically, behaviorally (positive behavior interventions and support, (PBIS)), and socially (e.g., Second Step). Using problem solving and data-based decision making, this model addresses students’ varied needs and offers school-site leadership teams a structure to consider multiple needs simultaneously in an integrated fashion. This model also builds in regularly scheduled planning time for school-site leadership, grade-level, and department-level teams to review data in order to assess implementation, consider stakeholders’ views of the program, and examine students’ academic, behavioral, and social performance” (Lane, Oakes, & Menzies, 2014, p. 123).

    The following diagram illustrates the multi-level approach offered to all students in the district.

    Ci3T Model of Prevention


What are the Benefits of Ci3T?

    • Increases academic performance
    • Increases attendance
    • Improves emotional well-being and social behavior
    • Reduces the number of behavioral disruptions
    • Reduces bullying behaviors

    The district recognizes that when schools and families work together as partners, students experience a higher level of achievement and school successAs a family member and stakeholder you can support Ci3T by learning about the program, advocating for your child and participating in their supports.  We value your input and your involvement and encourage you to contact your child’s teacher or principal if you have questions or need additional information. If you would like someone to contact you please use this link to make your request. A district representative will contact you within 72 hours.

     Resources compiled with information from Ci3T.ORG