Four School Counseling Programs Awarded RAMP Designation

May 07, 2020

Four Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) school counseling programs have been recognized by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) as model programs and were awarded the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) designation for 2020 for successfully demonstrating how their comprehensive school counseling programs benefit all students. 

School counseling programs that received the RAMP designation are Hayfield Secondary School (grades 9-12), Lanier Middle School, Frost Middle School, and Irving Middle School.

Hayfield Secondary and Irving Middle are among six schools nationwide that received the RAMP School of Distinction award, an honor reserved for schools with exceptionally high-caliber school counseling programs based on rankings determined by a panel of RAMP reviewers. 

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 five years.

Currently, 22 FCPS school counseling programs have active RAMP certification.

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.