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The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) has recognized Glenkirk and Gravely Elementary Schools, and Lake Ridge and Saunders Middle Schools, as four of the 138 schools nationwide to receive the 2024 Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) designation. With this award, the ASCA recognizes schools that are committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-informed school counseling program and an exemplary educational environment.

"The ASCA RAMP designation means that counselors have collaborated with stakeholders to plan, deliver, and evaluate a data-driven, comprehensive school counseling program of excellence," shared Anne Henry, PWCS supervisor of elementary school counseling and related services. "In Prince William County, we encourage the journey to a RAMP designation, as it truly benefits our students."

The RAMP designation is good for five years, after which schools must reapply to maintain their RAMP status. Glenkirk and Gravely Elementary earned Re-RAMP status with this year's honor.

"By repeatedly engaging in the RAMP application process, the Glenkirk and Gravely counseling teams have shown a decade-long commitment to the continuous improvement of their school counseling program," explained Henry. "Year after year, they've examined their data and designed interventions to creatively meet the needs of their students."

Jill Cook, ASCA executive director, commended this year's RAMP honorees, "This year’s RAMP honorees have shown their commitment to students and the school counseling profession. These schools use 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 2024 RAMP schools will be honored during a special ceremony at the ASCA’s Annual Conference being held in Kansas City, Missouri in July.