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School Counseling Program



In April 2019, Capistrano Valley High School was awarded RAMP designation for their comprehensive school counseling program!

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) promotes student success by expanding the image and influence of school counseling through leadership, advocacy, collaboration and systemic change. ASCA helps school counselors guide their students toward academic achievement, career planning and social/emotional development to help today’s students become tomorrow’s productive, contributing members of society.


Each year ASCA reviews school’s Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP)applications and assesses them in 12 different program areas. The RAMP designation recognizes schools that are committed to delivering an exemplary comprehensive school counseling program and are awarded for aligning their program with the criteria in the ASCA National Model, a framework for comprehensive, data-driven school counseling.
A model school counseling program must adhere to a multi-tier, multi-domain system of support, where services and programs are developed based on student needs in three main areas: academic, social/emotional, and college and career. Not only does a model program address these three areas of student development, but they must also provide support through a three-tiered system:
  • Tier 1: All students--classroom guidance lessons and access to school wide activities
  • Tier 2: Some students-- targeted interventions such as small group counseling 
  • Tier 3:  Few students--Individual counseling and individual support plans for students' physical and mental disabilities
Nationwide, more than 820 schools have been designated as RAMP recipients since 2004. Prior to this year, only eleven schools in California earned the RAMP designation. For the 2018-19 school year, Capistrano Valley High School was the ONLY high school awarded the RAMP designation in California for their school counseling program! RAMP designation is valid for 5 years. The school counseling teams collaborated with administrators, school counselor interns, the district lead counselor and the school counseling advisory council, throughout the implementation and evaluation of our school counseling programs and spent many hours completing the extensive RAMP application to demonstrate how leadership, collaboration, and advocacy, created systematic change for students’ benefit.
ASCA Model and Program Structure


All students from CVHS have graduated college and career ready and are fully engaged in lifelong learning. They actively seek challenging and meaningful experiences that expand their worldview, possess the skills, abilities, and beliefs to achieve their fullest potential, and operate as productive citizens in a diverse global society.
Our Program Structure


The mission of the Capistrano Valley High School Counseling Program is to empower all students to achieve their highest educational and personal potential and prepare them to meet their college and career goals in a safe and respectful learning environment. The school counseling program collaborates with students, parents, staff and community members to deliver a comprehensive, data driven program that helps all students to succeed, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. The school counseling program advocates for equity, access, and success for all students through a multi-tiered system of support. As a result, students gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for academic success, social and emotional development, and college and career readiness in a rapidly changing world. 
Capistrano Valley High School
CVHS Counseling Department Beliefs

CVHS Counseling Department Beliefs

  1. All students have dignity and worth
  2. All students should have access to a credentialed school counselor who advocates for their academic, career, and social/emotional needs
  3. The school counseling program is planned and coordinated by the school counselors with input from staff and parents, as well as an advisory council composed of school counselors, students, parents, and staff
  4. All students can be successful in a rich and rigorous environment
  5. School Counselors serve as leaders and collaborators in assessing barriers to learning and academic success and will advocate for equity and access to programs for all students
  6. A strong education will lead students to be positive influences in the community and to obtain fulfilling careers
  7. Students of varying abilities and strengths can mutually benefit in a diverse classroom environment 
  8. Learning is relevant to students when they apply their experiences in school to a variety of other settings
  9. The achievement gap is an academic disparity between groups of students that can be completely eliminated 
  10. School counselors abide by the ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors to make informed decisions based on the highest moral principles
  11. Professional development is crucial for the school counselors to stay informed with current trends


Cap Valley Counseling Services