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Basswood and Oak View earn prestigious counseling designation

Two more District 279 schools have been recognized by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) for their delivery of exemplary school counseling programs! Basswood and Oak View elementary schools join North View Middle School and Garden City Elementary as Recognized ASCA Model Program designees. Basswood was named a RAMP School of Distinction.

RAMP honorees are awarded for aligning their programs with nationally recognized criteria that include demonstrating best practices, creating a data-driven program and closing the achievement gap. An emphasis is placed on all students having access to comprehensive academic, social/emotional and college/career counseling.

The RAMP designation "is a wonderful shout out for the counseling work happening at Oak View," says Oak View school counselor David Warner. "I share this award with the staff, students, and families that make up our great school. All of us at Oak View work together for every student to have success."

Basswood school counselor Amy Paton, who is serving students in the Distance Learning Academy this year, says access to counseling at the elementary level builds a strong foundation. "We prioritize social-emotional learning because we know that the earlier we can help students build these skills, the more successful they will be," says Paton. "This award is evidence of the hard work that goes into building the comprehensive school counseling program at Basswood that helps our students."

Basswood and Oak View will be honored alongside North View and Garden City at a recognition ceremony at ASCA’s annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 13, 2021. The designation is valid for five years. Congratulations!