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Comanche Elementary Recognized by National Counseling Group

Posted February 28, 2024, 11:35 AM. Updated March 1, 2024, 1:25 PM.

School’s data-driven approach to counseling helps all students achieve success.

A national school counseling group is recognizing Comanche Elementary School’s counseling program for its data-informed approach to helping students.

The American School Counselor Association bestowed its RAMP designation on Comanche Elementary earlier this month. RAMP stands for Recognized ASCA Model Program.

Comanche Elementary principal Lisa Ulibarri Miller said school staff are incredibly proud of the designation “because it celebrates our continuing commitment to a holistic approach to education.”

“Our counselor works with students and families to ensure our students are attending school regularly and are also growing in their problem-solving skills and learning how to persevere and build positive relationships and mindsets for life,” Miller said, adding that she’s proud of the ongoing work of counselor Maile Mote and the rest of the staff. 

The RAMP designation recognizes schools that are committed to delivering an exemplary school counseling program. To qualify, a counseling program must be aligned with the criteria in the ASCA National Model, a framework for a data-informed school counseling program.

Research suggests that school counseling programs that take this approach are associated with a range of positive student educational and behavioral outcomes.

“This year’s RAMP honorees have shown their commitment to students and the school counseling profession,” said Jill Cook, ASCA executive director. “These schools used data to drive their program development and implementation so all students can achieve success. The RAMP designation distinguishes these schools and encourages school counselors nationwide to strive for excellence.” 

Comanche Elementary will be honored at a recognition ceremony at ASCA’s annual conference in Kansas City, Missouri, on July 15.

RAMP applications are reviewed once a year. Since the program’s inception, more than 1,200 schools have earned the RAMP designation.