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School Counselors

School counselors are educators who design and deliver school counseling prog​rams that are comprehensive in scope, preventive in design, developmental in nature, and promote student achievement for ALL students.

School counselors provide critical services to students in Illinois schools in three domains: Academic, College & Career, and Social-Emotional.

A comprehensive school counseling program is guided by standards and competencies for both students and counselors:


  • American School Counselor Association Announces 2024 Ramp Schools​. The RAMP designation, celebrating its 20th year, recognizes schools committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-informed school counseling program and an exemplary education environment. Since its inception, more than 1,600 schools have been designated as RAMP recipients. This years Illinois RAMP Recipients are:
    • Bell Elementary School
    • Daniel Webster Elementary School
    • Dr. Edward Alexander Bouchet International School
    • Gage Park High School
    • John Hay Community Academy
    • Robert Clemente Community Academy High School
    • Roswell B. Mason Elementary School
    • Thomas Kelly College Preparatory High School
    • William G. Hibbard Elementary School​

College & Career


​College & Career standards guiding school counseling programs are designed to help students 1) understand the connection between school and the world of work and 2) plan for and make a successful transition from school to postsecondary education and/or the world of work and from job to job across the lifespan.​

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