Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools is moving toward more comprehensive and data-driven school counseling programs — an effort that has earned the district national recognition.
Ephesus Elementary School will receive designation as a Recognized American School Counselor Association Model Program, called RAMP, in Phoenix, Arizona on June 30.
Ephesus Elementary School Counselor Ashley Sherman said the school implemented a comprehensive classroom program that relied more heavily on data. She said the school looks at student data more frequently to see what intervention and counseling measures need to be implemented.
Sherman works in every classroom at Ephesus providing classroom guidance lessons. And she individually meets with all 435 students at the school. Ephesus’ counseling system strives to provide social and emotional support for its students.
“Kids in elementary school are really starting to build character and empathy for others, and skills like kindness and friendship,” Sherman said. “We look at these skills as things they have to build, just like reading and math.”