Step One: Review the basics of RAMP, as well as "The ASCA National Model Implementation Guide, second edition" and the most current scoring rubric. Make sure you know which edition of the ASCA National Model you need to follow for the application:
  • Oct. 15, 2019, application deadline: ASCA National  Model, third edition
  • Oct. 15, 2020, application deadline: third edition OR fourth edition
  • Oct. 15, 2021 application deadline: third edition OR fourth edition
  • Oct. 15, 2022, application deadline: fourth edition only 
Step Two: Understand the overall requirements for each component.
  • The online application includes 12 application components.
  • The ASCA-provided templates must be used.
  • The first 11 components require a 300- to 750-word narrative. The narratives provide a rationale and explanation for the information submitted and a deeper understanding of the process. Each narrative must be included in the text boxes provided and not included as a separate uploaded document.
  • The 12th application component is a program reflection that can be in writing (500-1,500 words) or a video or audio file of three-five minutes. 
Step Three: Understand the scoring.
  • Each application will be scored based on this rubric. The scoring rubric is based on "The ASCA National Model: A Foundation for School Counseling Programs (third edition)" and "The ASCA National Model Implementation Guide." 
  • Each application is scored by a three-person review team overseen by a lead RAMP reviewer.
  • RAMP status will be awarded to schools that receive scores of 54 or higher (out of a possible 60). Schools that score between 48 and 53 will have an opportunity to resubmit. 
  • Schools that resubmit and still don't attain a 54 or higher are eligible to become a Program of Promise and receive mentoring to potentially be eligible for RAMP the following year. 
  • Schools that earn a 58 or above after the initial review will be designated a RAMP School of Distinction. 
The application will not be reviewed if all required components are not complete or provided. Following is a list of the individual sections for your applicaiton submission. Use the ASCA-provided templates (third edition) or ASCA-provided templates (fourth edition) depending on when you are applying. The application must include:

1. Vision Statement, 3 points (rubric, webinar)

2. Mission Statement, 3 points (rubric, webinar)

3. School Counseling Program Goals, 6 points (rubric, webinar)

4. ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success, 4 points (rubric, Mindsets & Behaviors program planning tool, webinar)

5. Annual Agreement, 5 points (rubric, annual agreement template, webinar)

6. Advisory Council, 5 points (rubric, webinar)

7. Calendars, 5 points (rubric, webinar)

8. School Counseling Core Curriculum: Action Plan and Lessons, 6 points (rubric, action plan templatelesson plan template, webinar)

9. School Counseling Core Curriculum: Results Report, 6 points (rubric, core curriculum results report template, webinar)

10. Small-Group Responsive Services, 6 points (rubric, small-group action plan template, small-group results report template, lesson plan template, webinar)

11. Closing-the-Gap Results Report, 6 points (rubric, closing-the-gap results report template, webinar)

12. Program Evaluation Reflection, 5 points (rubric, webinar). If you are submitting your evaluation reflection as a video file, it must be in one of the following formats: .wmv, .mov, .mp4 or .flv.

By submitting your application, you are giving ASCA permission to share and reproduce your materials (with appropriate citation to your school provided).

See examples of outstanding RAMP applications.

See the complete rubric for details about what each section must address and include.

Step Four: Complete the online application.

Even though you will work on the application components throughout the school year, the online portal will not be available until May of the year you apply. In addition to the 12 components, the application also contains an information section. Make sure all this information is accurate and up-to-date at the time you finalize your online application. The information section includes:
  • Contact information for the primary person who will receive e-mail correspondence regarding the RAMP application process. Make sure the e-mail address is correct.
  • Contact information for your school, principal, superintendent and school board chair.
  • ASCA member number. At least one school counselor at the school must be an ASCA member to get the member rate.
  • Demographic information (number of students in school and district, percentage of students on free/reduced-price lunch, number served per school counselor, racial breakdown of students, number of special education students). Demographic information should cover the school year for which the data were collected for the application.
  • The time frame the RAMP application covers. The application must cover at least one complete school year.
Step Five: Upload the signature page.
  • All who sign this document must have seen and approved all components of the application.
  • Provide evidence that the RAMP application has been presented to your school district's board of education or a member of the board of education through original signature by a school board representative. Scan the page and upload it with the other application materials. This happens at the end of the application process.
Step Six: Pay online or pay by check or purchase order. If you are paying by check or purchase order, make sure it includes your school name and "RAMP payment" on the check/P.O. The RAMP application fee is $250 for schools with an ASCA member on staff and $500 for schools without an ASCA member.

Step Seven: Review the online submission.
  • Make sure all required materials is included and all fields complete.
  • Click the final "finalize" button when finished.
  • All online applications must be submitted by midnight Eastern Time  on Oct. 15.
  • Save a copy of all the files in either electronic or paper format; once you upload them and hit "submit," they are no longer accessible.