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HCMS Named RAMP School for Exemplary Counseling Program

The Hart County Charter System is proud to announce that Hart County Middle School is being honored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) as a Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP). 

The RAMP designation recognizes schools that are committed to delivering an exemplary school counseling program. Honorees are awarded for aligning their program with the criteria in the ASCA National Model, a framework for a data-informed school counseling program. Since the program’s inception, more than 900 schools earned the RAMP designation. Research findings indicate fully implemented school counseling programs are associated with a range of positive student educational and behavioral outcomes.

Of the current schools with RAMP distinction, Hart County Middle School is one of just two rural schools in Georgia to earn the RAMP honor, and joins 43 other schools across the state to receive the award. Middle school counselors Stephanie Walker and Rachel Whiten worked hard to obtain the RAMP distinction.

“Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Whiten are both passionate about serving the social and emotional needs of students. They collaborate with families, community stakeholders and teachers to create an environment that supports student achievement,” Hart County Middle School Principal Jacqueline Brock said. “I am so proud of the work that they do each and every day that supports the whole student. Our school being RAMP certified is a result of their hard work and commitment to our students.”

“This year’s RAMP honorees have shown their commitment to students and the school counseling profession,” said Jill Cook, ASCA executive director. “These schools used data to drive their program development and implementation so all students can achieve success. The RAMP designation distinguishes these schools and encourages school counselors nationwide to strive for excellence.” 

Hart County Middle School will be honored at a recognition ceremony at ASCA’s annual conference in Austin, Texas, on July 11, 2022.

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