How do I know if I’m ready to seek the RAMP designation?
Download the program assessment tool to see if your school counseling program is data-informed and includes all components of the ASCA National Model.
How do I plan for the application process? Where do I start?
Use this application timeline to plan your year of data collection prior to applying for RAMP. The checklist covers all components of the RAMP application.
What does it cost and how do I pay?
The application fee is $250 for schools with an ASCA member on staff and $500 for schools without an ASCA member. Instructions for submitting payment are included at the end of the application within the RAMP application portal.
What are the benefits of RAMP?
RAMP schools earn a number of benefits, including:
- Free ASCA membership for all school counselors in the school for current RAMP schools
- An engraved plaque, suitable for display in your school
- Communication sent to your school’s principal and superintendent informing them of your exemplary school counseling program
- Template press release to personalize and send to local press
- Recognition at ASCA’s Annual Conference
- Two tickets to the RAMP awards celebration at ASCA’s annual conference
- Free conference registration for RAMP school principal the year the RAMP is awarded
Do I have to have a low student-to-school-counselor ratio to apply for RAMP?
Not at all. In fact, the average ratio among the 2023 RAMP designees is 377:1 with a low of 118:1 and a high of 992:1. Learn more about the RAMP class of 2023 and the RAMP class of 2022.
What is the Signature Page, and where can I find the form?
The signature page is an acknowledgement by your school counseling team, advisory council, school board representative and principal that the RAMP application, including the vision, mission statement, annual student outcome goals, Mindsets & Behaviors, have been thoroughly reviewed and accepted. You can download the form from the Finalize section of the application portal or here. The completed form of original signatures must be uploaded in the Finalize section of the application portal before submitting the application. Plan ahead for time to obtain the signatures.
Are there other opportunities for help besides ASCA RAMP coaches and trainers?
Yes, you can take advantage of RAMP office hours, which occur throughout the process. You may also submit general help questions to Deirdra Hawkes.
Is there data to support the effectiveness of RAMP schools vs. non-RAMP schools?
Yes, in fact, several studies have found that RAMP schools, as well as schools with programs aligned to the ASCA National Model result in improved student outcomes.