Bailey Bridge Middle recognized nationally for school counseling program

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In recognition of its exemplary commitment to a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program, Bailey Bridge Middle recently was named a Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) by the American School Counselor Association.

Bailey Bridge Middle is one of 650 schools recognized nationally with this honor since the program’s inception in 2004. It is the first school in Chesterfield County to earn this coveted recognition that recognizes programs aligned with a nationally accepted and recognized school counseling model.

“Chesterfield County Public Schools prides itself on providing a safe, supportive and nurturing learning environment for all students,” said School Board member Rob Thompson, who represents the Matoaca District. “Bailey Bridge Middle’s school counseling program is a national leader in this effort, as acknowledged by the American School Counselor Association. The school counseling team has worked hard to build strong relationships with students who seek their support in career planning and social skills training.”

The RAMP designation, awarded for aligning with the criteria in the ASCA national model, recognizes schools that are committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program and an exemplary educational environment. The American School Counselor Association believes that the implementation of comprehensive counseling programs in all schools across the nation is a vital step in the transformation of our education system and to providing students and their families with access to the resources necessary to be good students and strong advocates.

“At Bailey Bridge Middle, we know the importance of a strong support network for our students, and our school counseling department is an integral part of our team,” said Bailey Bridge Middle Principal Kume Goranson. “We are so proud of this recognition, and I am grateful to all the professionals who contributed to the RAMP process.”

Speaking about this year’s recognized schools, ASCA Director Jill Cooke said, “This year’s RAMP honorees have shown their commitment to students and the school counseling profession. These schools used data to drive their program development and implementation so all students can achieve success. RAMP designation distinguishes these schools and encourages school counselors nationwide to strive for excellence.”

The application process is competitive and takes an entire academic year to collect data and information for completion. RAMP applications are reviewed by teams of school counseling professionals, and the designation is valid for five years.

Bailey Bridge Middle will be recognized for this honor on July 10 at ASCA’s annual conference.