FREEDOM HIGH SCHOOL Receives RAMP Designation


    For immediate release – April 20, 2016

    ALEXANDRIA, VA. – Freedom High School, South Riding, Virginia, will receive the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) designation during a special ceremony at the American School Counselor Association’s annual conference in New Orleans, La. The schools will be honored on July 11 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. More than 600 schools have been designated as RAMP since the program’s inception.


    Jill Cook, ASCA assistant director and RAMP coordinator, 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,” Cook said. “This designation distinguishes these schools and encourages school counselors nationwide to continue to strive for excellence.”


    “At the heart of the Freedom High School counseling department is the aim of providing an equitable, comprehensive, and developmental school counseling program that helps all students achieve academic success.” Ken Christopher, the Director of School Counseling at Freedom continued to state, “through a five year developmental curriculum our counselors inform, support and empower our students to acquire the self-knowledge and motivation necessary to attain lifelong academic, career, and personal/social goals and make meaningful contributions to our global society”. He further affirmed appreciation that the “counselors have been recognized for their diligence in serving our students”.


    RAMP applications are reviewed once a year by a panel of school counseling professionals who assess a school counseling program in 12 different areas of program expertise.

    About ASCA

    The American School Counselor Association (www.schoolcounselor.org) is a worldwide nonprofit organization based in Alexandria, Va. Founded in 1952, ASCA 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. The association provides professional development, publications and other resources, research and advocacy to school counselors around the globe.

    Freedom High School, (Loudoun County Public Schools), a comprehensive high school in South Riding, Virginia, recently celebrated its 10th year. The diverse student body brings together students of different cultures, interests, and goals whose academic, social/personal and career needs are addressed by a range of curriculum offerings and support services. 


    ASCA Contact: Jill Cook, ASCA, (703) 683-2722, jcook@schoolcounselor.org