In recognition of their exemplary commitment to a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program, Chalkley and Jacobs Road elementary schools recently were named Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) by the American School Counselor Association.
These two Chesterfield County schools, in addition to previously announced winner Bailey Bridge Middle, join approximately 700 other schools recognized nationally with this honor since the program’s inception in 2004. Bailey Bridge Middle, Chalkley Elementary and Jacobs Road Elementary are the first three Chesterfield County schools to earn this coveted recognition, which recognizes programs aligned with a nationally accepted and recognized school counseling model.
“Chesterfield County Public Schools is proud to have two additional schools recognized with the RAMP designation,” said School Board Chair Dr. Javaid Siddiqi, who represents Chalkley as a part of the Midlothian District. “Third-party national recognition such as this reaffirms the great work our student support services team continues to do on behalf of all of our students.”
“Strong school counseling teams provide a solid foundation for fostering safe, supportive and nurturing learning environments for all students,” said School Board Vice Chair John Erbach, who represents Jacobs Road as part of the Dale District. “Our students need a variety of supports to be successful, and our school counselors play a vital role in seeing that students have access to the resources they need.”
The RAMP designation 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.
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.
The three Chesterfield County schools will be recognized on July 10 at ASCA’s annual conference.