Knox Community Schools have been Gold Star Counseling Schools since 2004. As a gold star counseling corporation, we have changed guidance counseling from a position into a data driven curriculum much like what is taught in a Language Arts or Math class. With the assistance of our faculty, guidance counselors ensure that students are exposed to everything from good bus behavior to applying for college. The state has outlined a guidance curriculum where we can measure mastery of career, academic and social skills for all grade levels. To gain the Indiana Gold Star designation, all three guidance departments had to gather data and analyze whether their students had reached the required benchmarks.
Through qualifying for Gold Star, all three schools have again been presented with an American School Counseling Association National Award for their guidance programs. The R.A.M.P. (Recognized ASCA Measurable Program) award is given to schools for making an exemplary commitment to comprehensive school counseling programs.
The RAMP designation, awarded to schools that align with the criteria set in the ASCA National Model, recognizes schools that are committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program and an exemplary educational environment. This year 84 schools in the Nation and 10 in the State received the award.
Patricia Nailor, Ed.D., ASCA's 2009-10 president, said this year's recipients are to be commended for their dedication to serving all students and demonstrating how effective school counseling programs can make a difference in students' lives. "This year's RAMP honorees have shown their commitment to students and the school counseling profession," Nailor said. "This designation distinguishes these schools and encourages school counselors nationwide to continue to strive for success."
The 85 schools will be honored with the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) designation during a special ceremony at the American School Counselor Association's annual conference in Boston, Mass on July 5 for making an exemplary commitment to comprehensive school counseling programs.