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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sondra Woodward
Date: 05/12/21 Phone: 757.263.1797
News Release No. 012 Fax: 757.263.1010
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Email: sondra.woodward@vbschools.com

Virginia Beach school earns national
counseling excellence award

Virginia Beach City Public Schools has been recognized by The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) for delivering an exemplary school counseling program at Rosemont Elementary School. This is the first time in the division's history for a school to earn this award, and Rosemont is one of only two schools in Hampton Roads to achieve the honor of a Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP).

RAMP is earned by school counseling programs that consistently adhere to the ASCA National Model, which emphasizes student achievement and success and encourages implementation and outcomes through data-driven practices. According to the Model, a successful counseling program must:

  • be based on data-informed decision making.
  • be delivered to all students systematically.
  • include a developmentally appropriate curriculum focused on the mindsets and behaviors all students need for postsecondary readiness and success.
  • close achievement and opportunity gaps.
  • result in improved student achievement, attendance and discipline.

"We could not be prouder of the Rosemont Elementary team," said Executive Director of Student Support Services, Dr. Alveta Green. "The RAMP designation reflects the work that Robert Jamison, coordinator of Student Support Services, and Jamie Wyss, Rosemont's school counselor, have accomplished, in partnership with Old Dominion University, to demonstrate the effect school counseling services has on supporting student academic achievement and social-emotional development."

Only a little more than 1,100 school counseling programs from 47 states have been designated as RAMP sites since 2003, when the program began. Research findings indicate fully implemented school counseling programs are associated with a range of positive student educational and behavioral outcomes.

"This year's RAMP honorees have shown their commitment to students and the school counseling profession," said Jill Cook, ASCA executive director. "The RAMP designation distinguishes these schools and encourages school counselors nationwide to strive for excellence."

Rosemont Elementary School will be honored at a recognition ceremony during ASCA's annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, over the summer.

ASCA is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) professional organization that promotes student success by expanding the image and influence of school counseling through leadership, advocacy, collaboration and systemic change. For additional information on ASCA, visit www.schoolcounselor.org.


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