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Batavia High School and Rotolo Middle School counseling departments earn high honor

Feb 24, 2017 12:22PM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Batavia High School Counseling Department (from left) Alton Rollerson, Erin Hack, Gia Russo, Corey Bernard, Steve Lesniak, and Arlene Sweeney-Schmidt.

Rotolo Middle School Counseling Department, (from left) Julie Neece, CaraLeigh Heidgen, and Julie Webb.

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) recently named Batavia High School and Rotolo Middle School ASCA Model Program (RAMP) schools. 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. The RAMP designation is valid for five years, after which time schools must reapply to maintain their RAMP status.

Since the RAMP program’s inception in 2003, only 650 schools nationwide have been designated as recipients.

“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.”

Batavia High School and Rotolo Middle School will be honored at a recognition ceremony at ASCA’s annual conference in Denver on Mon., July 10, for making an exemplary commitment to comprehensive school counseling programs.

RAMP applications are reviewed by teams of school counseling professionals. For more information about the program, visit