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Pate Elementary counseling program recognized nationally as ‘RAMP’ school

on Tuesday, 05 March 2019. Posted in News, Education, Local News

Pate Elementary counseling program recognized nationally as ‘RAMP’ school
Jennifer Dunn, the school counselor at Pate Elementary School, works with students at her school. The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) announced recently that Pate Elementary School is a Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP).

DARLINGTON, S.C. – A nationally recognized counseling program is now serving the students at Pate Elementary School after the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) announced recently that the school is a Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP). 

The RAMP designation recognizes schools that are committed to delivering an exemplary comprehensive school counseling program. Honorees are awarded for aligning their program with the criteria in the ASCA National Model, a framework for a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling. 

Pate Elementary Principal Shannon Fraser praised the school’s counselor, Jennifer Dunn, for the hard work necessary to earn RAMP status. 

"I am honored to have Jennifer Dunn represent Pate Elementary School as a distinguished school counselor who is being recognized by the American School Counselor Association for her outstanding work and relentless dedication to children,” Fraser said. “Mrs. Dunn goes above and beyond to ensure our students are provided with both the academic and social-development skills they need on a daily basis. She exemplifies all of the attributes of a counselor who is committed and driven to always putting children first and doing whatever it takes to make each one reach their fullest potential.”

"It is an honor to serve the Pate Elementary School community. I was thrilled that ASCA recognized the achievement of Pate's school counseling program by designating it as a RAMP school,” Dunn said. “This gives me confirmation that what I do every day truly makes a difference in the lives of my students at Pate Elementary, which is why I do what I do."

Pate Elementary will now be honored during ASCA’s annual conference in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 1. 

“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. The RAMP designation distinguishes these schools and encourages school counselors nationwide to strive for excellence.”

RAMP applications are reviewed once a year and assessed in 12 different program areas. Since the program’s inception, more than 820 schools have been designated at RAMP recipients. For more information on the program, visit www.schoolcounselor.org/ramp.