The Grapevine High School counseling department made it to the counseling Super Bowl. The Grapevine Colleyville School district announced the counseling team successfully achieved the high honor of RAMP designation. Grapevine was the only high school in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex to earn the RAMP honor and is the first RAMP recipient in GCISD history.
The RAMP status schools began in 2003. Nationally, 139 schools in 27 states achieved RAMP designation this year. In Texas, six schools were awarded the designation. Grapevine High School will hold the RAMP designation for the next five years.
RAMP, which stands for Recognized ASCA Model Program, is certified by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). ASCA certifies school counseling programs that deliver comprehensive, data-driven school counseling programs for its students.
ASCA executive director, Jill Clark, stated in a press release, “This year’s RAMP honorees have shown their commitment to students and the school counseling profession. These schools used data to drive their program development and implementation so all students can achieve success. RAMP designation distinguishes these schools and encourages school counselors nationwide to strive for excellence."
The rigorous application process and data collection take place over the course of one calendar year. To apply for RAMP status, school counseling programs must meet a set of ASCA criteria. ASCA reviews RAMP applications once a year. The review panel consists of school counseling professionals who evaluate each school counseling program. Ten areas of expertise are analyzed. These include:
- Vision and Mission Statements
- Annual Student Outcome Goals
- Classroom and Group Mindsets & Behaviors Action Plan ts
- Annual Administrative Conference
- Advisory Council
- Calendars (Annual and Weekly)
- Lesson Plans (Classroom and Group)
- Classroom Instruction Results Report
- Small-Group Results Report
- Closing-the-Gap Action Plan/Results Report
The application process generally takes school about one year to complete the process.
The ASCA National Model (2019a) for school counseling services is considered the national model. The system is designed to optimize student outcomes through data-driven processes.
RAMP program's success is backed up by data. A study published in 2019 evaluated the results of elementary and middle school students who attended a RAMP designated school. This paper tracked student outcomes in Wake County, North Carolina, during the 2008-2009 and 2014-2015 school years.
The research focused on two student academic outcomes: exam scores on statewide achievement tests and absences from school. The study authors chose these metrics because both student achievement and school attendance correlate with long-term academic outcomes.
The study did not show a statistically significant difference in academic performance at the elementary or middle school levels but did uncover opportunities for educational racial and socioeconomic equities.
Students who attended RAMP designated schools had higher attendance in middle school. The study authors propose that school counselors have more impact on student absences than on direct classroom performance.
Grapevine High School (GHS) opened in 1906, moving into its current location in 1969. The school serves 1,931 students in grades 9-12. GHS provides its students with four personalized academic programs.
1. The GCISD ASPIRE Academy is a school within a school for the gifted and talented.
2. The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a 6th-12th grade program designed to prepare students for college success.
3. The Dual Language program helps bilingual students achieve academic success.
4. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) focuses on engineering and design thinking to teach STEM concepts through elective courses and the core curriculum.
The Grapevine High School counselors help students navigate through all of their academic options. The RAMP designation demonstrates the school's commitment to assisting children to achieve their goals through an evidence-based, data-driven system.