Couch Middle one of 4 Gwinnett schools to earn ASCA recognition

Gwinnett County Public Schools announced today that Couch Middle School was one of four schools recognized as a model program by the American School Counselor Association. The addition of Couch means that the Grayson Schools Cluster now has three ASCA recognized schools (Grayson Elementary and Trip Elementary being the others).

You can read the full GCPS press release below.

Four Gwinnett schools earn national recognition for their counseling programs

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) recently recognized counseling programs at four Gwinnett County public schools as Recognized ASCA Model Programs (RAMP). Arcado Elementary School, Twin Rivers Middle School, Couch Middle School, and Grace Snell Middle School are among a select group of more than 600 schools nationwide that have received this national recognition since the program’s inception in 2004. ASCA will honor this year’s honorees at its national conference, which will be held in New Orleans in July.

“Receiving the RAMP designation means you are the BEST of the BEST!  It shows that your school’s program is data driven to meet the needs of your school.  It’s about being a reflective practitioner and continued quality improvement,” said GCPS Director of Advisement and Counseling Dianne Thompson.

The ASCA, which was founded in 1952, supports school counselors’ efforts to help students focus on academic, career, and social/emotional development so they not only achieve success in school but are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society.

“A comprehensive school counseling program benefits the school and students by removing barriers to student achievement, preparing well-rounded young adults, and improving graduation rates,” Thompson said.

ASCA is committed to establishing comprehensive school counseling programs that are based on the ASCA National Model. It provides professional development, publications, resources, research, and advocacy programs to school counselors around the globe.

Former RAMP winners from Gwinnett include:

  • 2008– Berkeley Lake Elementary and Peachtree Elementary schools;
  • 2009—Collins Hill High School and Radloff Middle School;
  • 2010—Grayson Elementary and Mason Elementary schools and Jones Middle School;
  • 2011— Annistown Elementary, Benefield Elementary, Bethesda Elementary, Magill Elementary, Peachtree* Elementary, and White Oak Elementary schools; Creekland Middle School; and Peachtree Ridge High School
  • 2012—Berkeley Lake*Elementary and Trip Elementary schools and Hull Middle School
  • 2013— Level Creek Elementary and Puckett’s Mill Elementary schools and Collins Hill High*
  • 2014— Mason* Elementary, Roberts Elementary, and White Oak Elementary schools and Peachtree Ridge High*
  • 2015—Annistown Elementary School*, Summerour Middle School, and Shiloh High School

*Denotes schools that have earned RAMP for a second time. Every three years, schools are required to “Re-RAMP” to retain this certification.

Author: Jason

Jason Brooks is the owner and editor of Grayson Local. A resident of Grayson for over 14 years, he loves the Grayson community and the potential it holds. A former pastor, Jason now works as a freelance writer. He has written for The John Maxwell Company, North Point Ministries, The Ford Motor Company, Catalyst, and several regional magazines as well. You can follow Jason on Twitter (@JasonMuses).

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