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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Fairfax County Schools Recognized for Model School Counseling Programs

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) has recognized five Fairfax County school counseling programs as model programs, awarding them the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) designation for 2013 for successfully demonstrating how their comprehensive school counseling programs benefit all students.  

School counseling programs that received the RAMP designation include Franklin Middle School, Chantilly High School, Kilmer Middle School, and the middle and high school programs at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Franklin earned RAMP designation for the first time; the other four programs were recertified as RAMP recipients. The schools will be recognized on Tuesday, July 2, at the ASCA national conference in Philadelphia.   

The RAMP designation, awarded to schools that align with the criteria set in the ASCA national model, recognizes schools that are committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program and an exemplary educational environment. School counselors submit evidence of the impact their program has on support of student achievement, connection to the mission and goals of the school, use of data to drive decisions, and collaboration with stakeholders (parents, students, and administrators) to receive input and evaluate their school counseling program’s effectiveness. RAMP applications are reviewed once a year by a panel of school counseling professionals, and the designation is held for three years.

A total of 16 Fairfax County public schools counseling programs have been honored with this recognition since the 2007 school year, including Fairfax High School, Glasgow Middle School, Lanier Middle School, Liberty Middle School, Madison High School, Mount Vernon High School, Oakton High School, Sandburg Middle School, South Lakes High School, Stuart High School, and West Springfield High School. Nationally, only 400 schools have achieved this recognition.

All FCPS school counseling programs implement a data-driven comprehensive model that helps ensure equity and access for all students and focuses on closing the achievement gap. 

Note: For more information, contact the Fairfax County Public Schools Department of Communications and Community Outreach at 571-423-1200.