ST. CLOUD -- Three St. Cloud schools are being recognized for their efforts in creating positive learning environments for students.

The Minnesota Department of Education is honoring Apollo High School, Oak Hill Community School and Lincoln Elementary.

Each school is using a program called Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports. The program promotes positive behavior, improved school climates and increasing student achievements.

Over 420 schools use the PBIS program in Minnesota. Results from the program show a reduced number of behavioral incidents, fewer suspensions and increased levels of student engagement.