King Academy of Math and Science Honored by the American School Counselor Association

08/26/2009 09:08



King Academy of Math and Science Honored
by the American School Counselor Association

DES MOINES (May 5, 2009) — King Academy of Math and Science will receive the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) designation during a special ceremony at the American School Counselor Association’s annual conference in Dallas, Texas. 

King Academy of Math and Science and school counselor Meredith Dohmen, as well as 71 other schools from 14 states that reach across the K-12 spectrum, will be honored on June 29 for making an exemplary commitment to comprehensive school counseling programs, ASCA officials announced last week.

The RAMP designation, awarded to schools that align with the criteria set in the ASCA National Model, recognizes schools committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program and an exemplary educational environment. More than 250 schools have received the RAMP designation since the program’s inception.

“Meredith Dohmen and King Academy Principal Thomas Simmons are focused on the importance of school counseling, and this national distinction recognizes their efforts,” said Dr. Nancy Sebring, superintendent of Des Moines Public Schools. “School counselors throughout the district are striving every day to make a difference in the lives of our students.”

The American School Counselor Association ( is a worldwide nonprofit organization based in Alexandria, Va. Founded in 1952, ASCA supports school counselors’ efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social and career development so they not only achieve success in school but are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. The association provides professional development, publications and other resources, research and advocacy to 25,000 professional school counselors around the globe.

The Des Moines Independent Community School District is Iowa’s largest provider of public education serving the individual needs of more than 33,000 students in 66 schools with more than 5,000 dedicated teachers and staff. For more information about Des Moines Public Schools visit