Program of Distinction

The Alabama School Counseling Program of Distinction recognizes school counseling programs that demonstrate an exemplary level of implementation of a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program. The application process is an all-inclusive collection of 15 components that align with the Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Model for Alabama Public Schools (State Plan) and the American School Counselor Association National Model. Schools who earn the Program of Distinction designation will be eligible for RAMP (Recognized ASCA Model Program), which is awarded by ASCA as the highest national recognition for a school counseling program.

Application Process for the Alabama School Counseling Program of Distinction

Counselors applying for the Program of Distinction will need to pay a $75 application fee. Please make the check out to the Alabama School Counselor Association (ALSCA) and mail the check to Cindy Davis, 155 Murry Dr., Madison, AL 35758. The fee is due no later than July 1, 2022.

Step One: Review and understand the overall requirements for each component.
 Link to the online application: School Counseling Program of Distinction Application
 The templates provided in the application must be used.
 The reflection/narratives provide a rationale and explanation for the information submitted and a deeper understanding of the process. Each narrative must be a separate uploaded PDF document.

Step Two: Understand the scoring.
 Each application will be scored based on the requirements/descriptors on the application.
 Each application is scored by a three-person review team overseen by a lead reviewer.
 Distinction status will be awarded to schools that receive scores of 69 or higher (out of a possible 77). Schools that score between 61 and 68 will have an opportunity to resubmit.

The application will not be reviewed if all required components are not complete or provided.

Following is a list of the individual sections that will be scored for your application submission. Only use the templates provided in the application. The application must include:

 Vision and Mission Statements – 6 points
 Annual Student Outcome Goals – 7 points
 Annual Administrative Conference – 5 points
 Classroom and Group Standards and Skills Action Plan – 6 points
 Lesson Plans (Classroom and Group) – 6 points
 Classroom Instruction Results Report – 7 points
 Small Group Results Report – 7 points
 Advisory Council – 6 points
 Annual Calendar – 3 points
 Closing the Gap Action Plan/Results Report – 9 points
 Comprehensive School Counseling Program Plan – 3 points
 Curriculum Narrative – 3 points
 Individual Student Planning/Advisement – 3 points
 Responsive Services – 3 points
 System Support – 3 points

By submitting your application, you are giving ALSCA permission to share and reproduce your materials (with appropriate citation to your school provided).

See the complete application rubric for details about what each section must address and include.

Step Three: Complete the online application.
Even though you will work on the application components throughout the school year, the deadline for submitting an application is July 1, 2022. In addition to the 15 scored sections, the application also contains an information section (first page of the application), administrator’s page, and a signature page (last section of the application). Make sure all this information is accurate and up-to-date at the time you finalize your online application.

Step Four: Review the online submission.
 Make sure all required materials are included and all fields are complete. Click the submit button when finished.
 All online applications and application fee of $75 must be submitted by midnight on July 1, 2022.
 Save a copy of all the files in either electronic or paper format. Once you upload your files and documents and hit “submit,” they are no longer accessible.

For questions or concerns, please email Cindy Davis.

Alabama School Counseling Program of Distinction Award Recipients

2020-2021

Daphne Middle School, Baldwin County Public Schools
School Counselors: Amanda Blake and Sheniqua Roberson

E.R. Dickson Elementary School, Mobile County Public Schools
School Counselors: Summer Davis, Kristy Elderkin, and Katryna Kinn

Hillcrest High School, Tuscaloosa County Public Schools
School Counselors: Brandi Shanklin, LaTonya Jemison, and Emily Woodroof

J. Larry Newton Elementary School, Baldwin County Public Schools
School Counselors: Carissa Davis and Janie Evans

Malachi Wilkerson Middle School, Birmingham City Schools
School Counselor: Shannon Parker

2019-2020

Central Baldwin Middle School, Baldwin County Public Schools
School Counselors: Lana Mallet and Jami Ornellas

Creek View Elementary School, Alabaster City Schools
School Counselor: Daniel Birdsong

Daphne East Elementary School, Baldwin County Public Schools
School Counselors: Keri Jones and Kelley Morris

Daphne Elementary School, Baldwin County Public Schools
School Counselor: Rebecca Johnson

Hayden Primary School, Blount County Schools
School Counselor: Billie Miller

Huffman Middle School, Birmingham City Schools
School Counselor: Larice Manley

Magnolia Elementary School, Baldwin County Public Schools
School Counselor: Tomica Bradley-Wiggins

Pillans Palmer Middle School, Mobile County Public Schools
School Counselors: Malinda S. Gray and Darlene Lewis

Scarborough Model Middle School, Mobile County Public Schools
School Counselors: Apryle Coats and Darlene Lewis

Silverhill Elementary School, Baldwin County Public Schools
School Counselor: Shamika Bramble

Susan Moore Elementary School, Blount County Schools
School Counselor: Patti Gilliland

Reeltown High School, Tallapoosa County Schools
School Counselor: Kim Counts

Trace Crossings Elementary School, Hoover City Schools
School Counselor: Terri Coleman

Vestavia Hills High School, Vestavia City Schools
School Counselors: Anna Daneri, Brandon Boggs, Daria Howard, Oliver Aaron, Kylie Reagan, and Christine Rohling

2018-2019

Fairhope Elementary School, Baldwin County Public Schools
School Counselors: Kate Wellborn and Dianna Wolchina

Fairhope Intermediate School, Baldwin County Public Schools
School Counselors: Beth Ann Mills and Kenita Bonner-Callwood

Foley Middle School, Baldwin County Public Schools
School Counselors: Coryn Bergenty and Jennifer Kukes

Helena Elementary School, Shelby County Schools
School Counselors: Shelly Mitchell and Shelly Johnson

Homewood Middle School, Homewood City Schools
School Counselors: AnnaGrace Baldwin and Jimicka Alexander

Contact ALSCA with questions today!