Yorkville Community Unit School District 115 has announced that Yorkville High School's counseling program has earned the Recognized American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Model Program (RAMP) designation.
In a press release, school district officials have fewer than five percent of the counseling programs in high schools throughout the state have earned the RAMP designation.
"During the past five years, Yorkville High School’s student services team has modernized its four-year developmental guidance program to best meet our students’ post-secondary college and career needs,” said Superintendent Dr. Tim Shimp. “Notable increases have been seen in the on-time graduation rate, students’ FAFSA completion, and students’ completion of a viable post-secondary plan.”
The RAMP designation from the American School Counselor Association is an intensive process that identifies schools across the nation that have proven to deliver comprehensive, data-driven school counseling programs and exemplary educational environments to its students. Research findings indicate that fully implemented comprehensive school counseling programs are associated with a range of positive student educational and behavioral outcomes. Since 2004, only 63 Illinois schools have earned this designation.
“This year’s RAMP honorees have shown their commitment to students and the school counseling profession,” said Jill Cook, ASCA assistant director. “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 RAMP application process is the culmination of the implementation of a comprehensive school counseling program. Once a school has a program in place, at least one entire academic year is required to collect the data and information needed to fulfill the RAMP application requirements. RAMP applications are reviewed once a year by a panel of school counseling professionals, who assess the school counseling programs in 12 different areas of expertise. Once received, the RAMP designation is good for five years, after which time schools must reapply to maintain their RAMP status.