Shenendehowa High School’s Counseling, College & Career Center Receives National Recognition. More info…

Written by on March 31, 2017 in District News, Shen High School

Shenendehowa High School’s Counseling, College & Career Center Receives National Recognition


The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) has announced Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park, NY as a Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) school.  The RAMP designation, awarded for aligning with the criteria in the ASCA National Model, recognizes schools that are committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program and an exemplary educational environment.  In addition, ASCA announced Shenendehowa as one of six RAMP school recipients in the nation to earn their prestigious RAMP School of Distinction award this year.  ASCA defines a RAMP School of Distinction as a school with exceptionally high-caliber school counseling programs, based on rankings determined by a panel of RAMP reviewers.

Gloria A. Jean, New York State School Counselor Association (NYSSCA) Board Member and retired school counselor and department director, said: “Students need and deserve comprehensive support to realize their post-high school plans and dreams. Shenendehowa now joins the growing number of schools demonstrating their commitment to students through implementation of the highest professional standards for school counseling programs. Having worked with Shen and other Capital Region school districts on this important program and curriculum update, I know how difficult the changes in daily practice can be – and I applaud them for earning the recognition that certifies their commitment to school counseling practices that put students first.”

School counselors at Shenendehowa High School, with support from their director, Associate Principal Paul Ripchik, Principal Donald Flynt, and counselor interns Andrea Maynard and Nathanael VanVorst, worked diligently to implement ASCA’s national model and worked on the highly comprehensive RAMP self-study and application over the past three years.

“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. RAMP designation distinguishes these schools and encourages school counselors nationwide to strive for excellence.”

The Shenedehowa High School Counseling, College, and Career Center counselors are: Johnna Apple, Michael Carpentieri, Tricia Clark, Lauren DiGianni, Celia Dinneen, Megan Gifford, Deanna Grygiel-Thompson, Jessica Irwin, Gretchen Lynch, Steven Hart, Maria Payne, Jan Reilly, Katherine Sapienza.

Shenendehowa High School will be honored at a recognition ceremony at ASCA’s annual conference in Denver, CO on Monday, July 10, 2017, for making an exemplary commitment to comprehensive school counseling programs.