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Penn Counseling Office Recognized as a Model Program

Dir. of Counseling John Westra talking to students at school Pep Rally in August
Dir. of Counseling John Westra talking to students at school Pep Rally in August

Penn High School’s Counseling Department recently was notified by the American School Counselor Association that the Penn program met the criteria to become a “Recognized ASCA Model Program” (RAMP). Click here for a full list of Penn’s Counseling Staff.


The RAMP designation recognizes schools that are committed to delivering an exemplary comprehensive school counseling program. Honorees are awarded for aligning their program with the criteria in the ASCA National Model, a framework for a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling. Since the program’s inception, more than 820 schools have been designated as RAMP recipients. RAMP applications are reviewed once a year and assessed in 12 different program areas.


Penn’s Counseling Office will be honored at a recognition ceremony at ASCA’s annual conference in Boston in July.


“This year’s RAMP honorees have shown their commitment to students and the school counseling profession,” said Jill Cook, ASCA assistant 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.”


The American School Counselor Association promotes student success by expanding the image and influence of school counseling through leadership, advocacy, collaboration and systemic change. ASCA helps school counselors guide their students toward academic achievement, career planning and social/emotional development to help today’s students become tomorrow’s productive, contributing members of society. Founded in 1952, ASCA has a network of 50 state and territory associations and a membership of approximately 36,000 school counseling professionals. For additional information on the American School Counselor Association, visit


Penn Counseling has also earned “Gold Star” status from the Indiana School Counselor Association in 2006, 2013, and 2018.