The Mt. Vernon Middle School (MVMS) Counseling Department has recently become a Recognized ASCA Model Program, or RAMP, by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). The ASCA seeks to support school counselors’ efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social, and career development to achieve success in school. This ultimately prepares students to lead fulfilling lives.
This prestigious award demonstrates the MVMS counselors' commitment to delivering a comprehensive, data-informed program, and exemplary educational environment.
Before receiving the RAMP designation, MVMS received an Indiana Gold Star School Counseling Award from the Indiana Department of Education. In order to receive the Gold Star School Counseling Award, the MVMS counseling department collected a plethora of data from students and parents.
An advisory council of about 25 stakeholders also helped to provide input and guidance. Over a school year, the counseling department used the input from the advisory committee, parents and students and developed a goal-driven and robust program.
The RAMP designation is valid for five years (2024-25 school year). Mt. Vernon Middle School is one of 39 schools in 15 different states to receive this award in 2020.
Jill Cook, American School Counselor Association Assistant Director, stated, “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 school counseling program plays a critical role in the success of MVMS and its students, as it is ingrained in each and every classroom. MVCSC is extremely proud of the MVMS counselors and their dedication to the growth and development of the middle school students.